Posted on December 6, 2012 by Lesley Hazleton
Just released: the video of the talk I gave at TEDxRainier on November 10, 2012.
I can’t judge how effective the talk is (a few of the slides were dropped in the video-editing process, including a shot of Newsweek‘s infamous ‘Muslim Rage’ cover). But as with my previous talk on reading the Quran, I do think I’m getting at something that needs to be said in today’s politically manipulated climate of suspicion and distrust.
If you agree, it’d be great if you’d help by forwarding this to all who will be, might be, or simply should be interested. You can use the buttons below to email, tweet, or post to Facebook. Or just copy and paste this page’s url or the YouTube one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aC7bUTBKv0. Thank you!
And again, most definitely, I’d love to hear your comments, every which way they trend!
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Posted on December 5, 2010 by Lesley Hazleton
Here it is: my TEDx talk — an agnostic Jew exploring the Quran — given at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall on 10/10/10.
I think I’m saying some important things here that need to be much more widely known, especially at this point in time. So if you like this talk, as the live audience clearly did — there was much more laughter than I’d expected, which is why I only just made the TEDx nine-minute limit, and the standing ovation kind of took me by (grateful) surprise — please don’t hesitate to forward it to all who you think will be, might be, or simply should be interested.
Use the buttons below to email or to post to Facebook, or just copy and paste this page’s url or the YouTube one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7yaDlZfqrc
And yes indeed, I would love to hear your comments, whichever way they trend!
January 4, 2011: Many thanks to translator Amineh Ayyad for her work on the Arabic subtitles of this talk. The video is now also up on TED.com, where translations into more languages will soon be available. For a transcript in English, click here.
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Posted on October 17, 2010 by Lesley Hazleton
I’d post the whole video of the talk I gave on reading the Quran at TEDxRainier last weekend, but since it will apparently be a week or two until it’s available, here’s a couple of still shots for now.
That’s me onstage at Benaroya’s Nordstrom Recital Hall, right at the start of my talk. What I’m saying:
You may have heard about the Quran’s idea of paradise being seventy-two virgins, and I promise I will come back to those virgins. But in fact here in the Northwest we’re living pretty close to the real Quranic idea of paradise, defined thirty-six times as “gardens watered by running streams.”
Since I live on a houseboat on the running stream of Lake Union, this makes perfect sense to me. But the thing is, how come it’s news to most people…?
I did come back to the virgins in the end. And the audience gave me a standing O. Which felt great. How great? This is me after the talk, hugged by chef provocateur Michael Hebb of One Pot.
The video will be up on The Accidental Theologist as soon as the TEDxRainier folks have it ready, along with the terrific one that followed mine. That was an impassioned and superbly reasoned argument for welcoming immigration from Pramila Jayapal, the executive director of We Are One America — so great that even as I watched it on the monitor backstage, I was cheering her on and waving my arms and applauding as though she could see me. We’ve been hearing so much nonsense about immigration for so long, her talk was like… well, gardens watered by running streams.
[For the nine-minute video, released 12/5/10, click here.]
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