Today, students at Stanford University, U.S.A. and Orebro University, Sweden, will be meeting through marratech video conference to engage in analysis and oral rhetoric activities about contemporary speeches. They have been preparing for this encounter for a few weeks now, meeting virtually on this blog, and watching and taking notes on speeches on different themes.
The students are divided into 3 groups: on focuses on Constructing Racial and Cultural Identity; one on Technology for Liberation and Oppression; and one on Perspectives on War and Global Conflicts. Here is a list of the speeches they prepared for this encounter:
- Maz Jobrani, Comedian, Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. “Did You Hear the One About the Iranian American?” July 2010. Video: http://www.ted.com/talks/maz_jobrani_make_jokes_not_bombs.html
- Jay Walker, “The World’s English Mania”. Feb 2009. Video: http://www.ted.com/talks/jay_walker_on_the_world_s_english_mania.html
- Barack Obama, “A More Perfect Union.” 2008. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWe7wTVbLUU
- Evgeny Morozov, “How the Net Aids Dictatorships.” July 2009. Video: http://www.ted.com/talks/evgeny_morozov_is_the_internet_what_orwell_feared.html
- Gordon Brown, United Kingdom Prime Minister, “Wiring the Web for Global Good.” July 2009. Video: http://www.ted.com/talks/gordon_brown.html
- Zainab Salbi, Founder, Women for Women International. “Women, wartime, and the dream of peace.” July 2010. Video: http://www.ted.com/talks/zainab_salbi.html
- Stefan Wolff, German Political Scientist. “The Path to Ending Ethnic Conflicts”. July 2010. Video: http://www.ted.com/talks/stefan_wolff_the_path_to_ending_ethnic_conflicts.html
For the Stanford students, who are enrolled in a class on social media and communication, we hope that another added theme for discussion will be how contemporary technologies help collapse real barriers between people and cultures.
Below, it would be great if the students would comment on their experience in analyzing the themes and the speeches in their session today. What impressed you most about the texts you analyzed? What was the most memorable moment of your exchange with students from a different institution/country?