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Record a TED Talk (audio or video) about the “Africa Rising” narrative, using a historical trajectory to provide evidence for your argument. You can speak generally about the continent using the lens of larger economic/social systems or home in on something more specific that interests you (e.g. fashion, music, culinary traditions, FinTech, etc.). Regardless of your topic, take a stand about whether your analysis speaks to the continent rising, falling, neither, or both. You’ve watched a few TED Talks in this class and I’m sure you’ve encountered others – think about how the speakers made their topics interesting (intro hooks, humor, structure, simple thesis statements) and try to replicate at least one of them in some way. Have fun with it!
– There must be some sort of performative element beyond getting on your phone and speaking. I know there’s some subjectivity here, so feel free to be explicit with me about how you prepped: it could be in the way you structured the talk, clearly practiced your cadence, used background images to engage the listener, linked back the intro hook to the concluding point, etc.
– You were explicit about the trajectory of your topic vis-à-vis the “Africa Rising” motif.
– Your final recording must be 5-10 minutes long.
– Must include at least five properly cited sources from this course or outside material. If you don’t explicitly cite them in the TED Talk (either audibly or visually through slides), please include a separate bibliography.
Submit by 11:59pm on Friday, December 16th.