Related to Chapter 7 (and also Chapter 3) of Rubenstein)
Each of us has a sense of who we are.
But is identity assigned at birth?
Shaped by circumstance?
Or is it something we choose, that changes over time?
I think it is probably all of the above.
TED speakers describe their journeys to answer the question: who am I?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day
conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown into a global platform for identifying and
spreading those world-changing ideas. The annual TED Conference and TED Global Conferences
invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for up to 18 minutes. Their talks are then
made available, free, at NPR TED RADIO HOUR TALKS –
Watch the following 4 brief videos:
Tan Le: What Does Identity Mean For An Immigrant?
Andrew Solomon: Can Your Child’s Identity Shape Yours?
Elif Shafak: Can Stories Overcome Identity Politics?
Pico Iyer: What Do You Call Home?
Essay Assignment:
1. Click on the link above. Listen to the 4 brief TED talks. Choose 2 to discuss in your essay.
2. After listening to the 4 TED talks, write a paragraph for each of the 2 talks you chose,
commenting on what impressed you about their talks. Were ideas presented that you had not
thought of before? You may add any other comments that you would like to discuss about the
3. Write a paragraph discussing your own identity and how you express it – – at home, at work,
at school, on the soccer field, at the gym or out and about. Do you remember when you were
first aware of your own identity how you were different or how you were like other people – –
childhood, teen-age years?
Suggested structure of the essay:
Paragraph 1, discuss first talk of your choosing;
Paragraph 2, second talk of your choosing;
Paragraph 3, your own discussion of your identity and how you express it in your
Your paper should be approximately 3 pages 1.5 spacing. It will be graded on content and
presentation. Use excellent, grammar, punctuation, spelling and word choice.

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