Friday, May 25, 2012

TEDxHendrixCollege - Us and Them . . . and Beyond

Hendrix College recently hosted a TEDx event, and among the speakers was David Berenby, author of Us and Them: The Science of Identity (originally subtitled, Understanding Your Tribal Mind), and Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

Each of them gave nice talks, with Berenby explaining the model he uses in his book and Roberts offer hope for a world beyond Us and Them.

David Berreby - Us and Them: A story we can't help telling

David Berreby is the author of "Us and Them: The Science of Identity", and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and many other publications. David also writes a blog called Mind Matters at Having already written a book on the topic, David talks about some of the science behind our natural tendency to form us and them groups and how us and them have value for our lives but need to be handled properly. 

Terrence Roberts - Beyond Us v Them: An eye toward a hopeful future

Dr. Terrence Roberts is a civil rights activist, diversity consultant, and member of the 'Little Rock Nine' who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Dr. Roberts looks at how Us vs. Them impacts racial relations today and has been doing so longer than the US has been a country. He sees reason to hope for the future and a day when Us vs. Them is removed from human interactions between groups of individuals that differ based on skin tone.

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