On November 1st and 2nd, Dr. Dena Simmons of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence will present at the inaugural TED Talks Live at the Town Hall Theater in New York City’s Theater district under the umbrella topic of “The Education Revolution.” Dena’s talk will draw on her life experiences as a student, teacher, researcher, and activist, and will attempt to engage the audience in a discourse about race, power, and privilege in our nation’s education system.
Dena posits that if educational initiatives for students are to be successful, these initiatives must address the history of racism and inequality that perpetuates an unsustainable cycle that disadvantages some students–mainly students of color. More than that, she pushes us to consider the emotional danger students experience when they are forced to erase who they are in order to experience success at school.
This will be the first TED event in New York City open to the public and a great chance to enjoy TED Talks in person. If anyone is interested in attending Dena Simmons’ TED Talk, tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster as well as at the Town Hall box office. Tickets for the orchestra seating are $100.
Other notable individuals presenting alongside Dena on the Education Revolution include former White House Chef and nutritionist Sam Kass, Sal Khan of the Khan Academy, author and parenting expert Julie Lythcott-Haims, adversity and resilience expert Victor Rios; and Andrew Mangino of The Future Project. The night will be co-hosted by Sara Ramirez of Grey’s Anatomy.