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CV - Meg Shadid & Sarah Webb | TEDxUofISpringfield

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(L-R) Meg Shadid, Sarah Webb

Originally aired April 6, 2021.

Two speakers:

Meg Shadid -- How Do You Combat One-Sided Facts?

Dr. Sarah L. Webb -- How Can We Heal from the Shades of Colorism?

Meg Shadid is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois Springfield with a master's degree in Political Science.  She currently teaches AP Government and AP Psychology at Olathe Northwest High School, which is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Meg graduated magna cum laude from Kansas State University where she studied Social Studies Education, Leadership Studies, and American Ethnic Studies.  Throughout the course of her teaching career, she has received the Rising Star Teacher of the Year award from the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies, the Economic Education Teacher of the Year award from the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education, and is also a James Madison Fellow.  Meg is passionate about teaching in a way that is relevant, rigorous, and engaging, so as to help her students develop into life-long learners.  Meg is passionate about being a life-long learner herself and believes that some of the best learning comes through relationships and connections with others.

Dr. Sarah L. Webb is an Assistant Professor in the department of English and Modern Languages at the University of Illinois Springfield. She launched the website Colorism Healing in 2013 to raise awareness and create change. Since then, she has reached thousands of people across the globe through her international writing contest, publications, and workshops. Dr. Webb believes wholeheartedly in the transformative power of courageous storytelling. Her mision is to create spaces for the authentic expression of collective voices.

The TED Radio Hour airs on NPR Illinois 91-Nine UIS during Storytime, Friday nights at 8 and after Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me Saturday mornings at 11. These speakers are part of an independently organized TED event at UIS.

TEDx is a grassroots initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED to local communities around the globe through TEDx events. These events are organized by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their area that sparks conversations in their community. TEDx events are organized independently under a free license granted by TED. This event is not controlled by TED, but event organizers agree to abide by the TED format, and are offered guidelines for curation, speaker coaching, event organizing and more. They learn from TED and from each other. More than 3000 events like this are now held annually

Randy Eccles is thrilled to be talking with community members and joining them in becoming informed citizenry. Please reach out at randy.eccles@nprillinois.org.
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