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TTN Central Ohio September 2021 program-“The Danger of a Single Story”

Monday, September 20, 2021, 6‑8pm EDT
Location: Your own home via Zoom Video Conferencing
Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Contact: Donna Kayne
Email: donnakowen@gmail.com

Participants will listen together to novelist Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story”(19 min.) 2009. 

In her talk, Adichie approaches the stereotype as a story we generalize to characterize a person, a culture, or a country. 

Adiche is gentle and non-judgmental as she discusses the consequences of having access to only a single story as it has applied to her as a Nigerian writer and as she has applied it to others. 

Adiche’s approach differs from standard caveats against stereotyping in two ways. First, in using the story as a framework, she demonstrates that more knowledge (more stories) is the antidote. Second, she explains that access to multiple stories about an entity, such as the U.S., for instance, involves the power to provide greater access to media coverage, including literature and films, than is available about, for instance, African countries. 

In our discussion, we will extend Adiche’s method by applying it to our own lives. How have we been impacted by a single story, and how have we impacted others? 

We will address some of the following questions:

--Was there a single story about you growing up (what you told yourself and/or what others told you)? 
--What impact did that story have?
--What about a single story during your adult life, at least at points? 
--How was that story confirmed, denied, broadened?
--What single stories have we told ourselves as women, with what outcomes?
--What single stories might we have about "the poor," "people in their 20s," "drug abusers," other "groups"? 
--How can we add to those stories?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award winning novels include Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and The Thing Around Your Neck (2009) and We Should All Be Feminists (2014). 

The zoom link will be included in your confirmation and we'll also send a reminder the day before the event.

Please join us for this event!





 

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