Ted Talks Education

Ted Talk Education

In September 2016, WSIU partnered with Southern Illinois University to present a screening of TED TALKS: Education Revolution and a community discussion featuring guest panelists Grant Miller, Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Southern Illinois University and Courtney Rundel, Spanish Instructor at Carbondale New School.


TED TALKS: Education Revolution, hosted by author, producer, and comedian Baratunde Thurston and actor and singer Sara Ramirez, focuses on how education is adapting to our new digital world. The program features talks from educator Sal Khan, who examines what the classroom might look like in the future and the impact of online teaching, Victor Rios, who takes a deep dive into the problems of the school-to-prison pipeline, and Principal Nadia Lopez, whose middle school is in the most dangerous borough in New York and whose students, for the most part, live below the poverty line.

Ted Talk Education

TED TALKS: Education Revolution also addresses the issue of over-parenting, with some revolutionary ideas from Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, who believes chores and love are more important than a checklist childhood. The program also features music from Meshell Ndegeocello and a piece from the legendary Anna Deavere Smith, who performs an excerpt from her one-woman show, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education.TED TALKS: Education Revolution also features short films by award-winning filmmakers. Modern Classroom looks at the classroom of the future; Freedom University examines what it’s like to be an undocumented student trying to get an education in Georgia; and Unconscious Bias uses animation and live action to show a young boy of color navigating bias in the classroom and its impact on his future. Learn more about this film.


  • SALMAN KHAN is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the mission of “providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.”
  • JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS, scholar; former Dean of Freshmen and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University and author of How to raise an Adult.
  • VICTOR RIOS is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He conducts research on young people’s experiences with policing, education, and adversity.
  • ANNA DEAVERE SMITH, actress; University Professor at New York University, where she teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts.
  • NADIA LOPEZ, the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a New York City public school proving under-privileged communities can beat the odds and create positive institutions that have a global impact.