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4 great talks for International Women's Day


To celebrate March 8, International Women’s Day, we suggest these four TEDTalks gems from some amazing speakers — artists, scientists and economists who think deeply about the role of women. Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, feminism — and the power of passionate thinkers and doers: The former Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi []

TEDTalks holiday comment roundup


During this holiday break, the conversation on TED.com has been as lively as ever. We talked about our resolutions: Cynthia Ryan writes: my resolution for 2009 is to (continue to) challenge my assumptions. Dan Dennett helps me do this, if only on his intellectual coattails. More than that, he has a way of imparting complex []

Sirena Huang plays to honor Alice Herz-Sommer


TEDTalks favorite Sirena Huang (watch her TEDTalks performance) played in Manhattan on Sunday night; as the New York Times reports today, “A Mendelssohn concerto exquisitely performed by a 13-year-old violinist, Sirena Huang, brought down the house.” Huang played as part of a free concert to honor the 103-year-old concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, a survivor of []