Discussion of Elif Shafak's TED Talk (Senior College in the Community)

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TED Talk:  Discussion of Elif Shafak's "The Revolutionary Power of Diverse Thought" with Bill Frayer  (Senior College in the Community)

"From populist demagogues we learn the indispensability of democracy" says novelist Elif Shafak, "From isolationists we learn the need for global solidarity.  And from tribalists we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism."  A native of Turkey, Shafak has experienced firsthand the devastation that a loss of diversity can bring -- and she knows the revolutionary power of plurality in response to authoritarianism.  In this passionate personal talk, she reminds us that there are no binaries, in politics, emotions and our identities.  "One should never, ever remain silent for fear of complexity," Shafak says.  We will view and discuss this talk.

Mr. Bill Frayer is a long-time Senior College instructor.  He has a degree in English from Brown University and in Adult Education from USM.  He taught at CMCC for 35 years and likes to encourage active participation in his classes.

This presentation, part of a spring series entitled Senior College in the Community, is made possible by a partnership with Senior College at USM Lewiston-Auburn College.  Lewiston-Auburn Senior College has a long-standing relationship with community partners.  In addition to this program, Senior College offers in person, Zoom, and hybrid enrichment classes.  For more information about Senior College, visit usm.maine/edu/seniorcollege.

This program will take place in person, in the Androscoggin Community Room.  No registration is required.