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Review: We need to talk about an injustice

Speaker: Bryan Stevenson
Date: March 2012
Location: Long Beach, California

Description from TED website:
In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight, and persuasiveness.

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My Review / Notes / Thoughts

While this may be an older talk … it is still extremely powerful. This talk is a perfect complement to criminal justice or social justice courses. It also works well for sociology, legal, and political science courses.

With the type of talk that this is, I can see it as an excellent talk for spurring discussion among students. For an online course, I would recommend requiring students to watch the video and then give them some “points to consider” as they respond with their thoughts/feedback on the talk. (Basing the “points to consider” on how the video intersects with the concepts of your course.)

Can you see utilizing this video in your curriculum? What other ways might you use it to engage your students?

Until next time … live long, life-learner!

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