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TED Presentations from Writers

Do you need a boost of inspiration for the new year? We’ve compiled a list of five videos featuring writers who have given TED talks in 2012.

Our list includes The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve EnslerThe Fault in Our Stars novelist John Green, Lunch Lady graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka, The Girl with the Pearl Earring author Tracy Chevalier and Knopf book designer/writer Chip Kidd.

Back in 2010, Best Colleges Online created a list of “12 essential TED talks for writers.” Who do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?

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Eve Ensler Builds ‘Army of Women’ in Africa

The Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler has opened an educational community called “City of Joy” in the Democratic Republic of Congo–tackling the ongoing problem of sexual violence and rape in the region.

According to The New York Times, the author raised $1 million for the project from V-Day, Unicef, and Google. The video embedded above shows Congolese women building City of Joy’s facilities. Located in the city of Bukavu, the new retreat will shelter 180 women (mostly past victims of rape) every year. Workers at City of Joy will teach about activism, human rights, self-defense, computer operation, and many other subjects. Ensler hopes these women will return to their home towns and serve as leaders.

Here’s an Ensler quote, from the article: “You build an army of women. And when you have enough women in power, they take over the government and they make different decisions. You’ll see. They’ll say ‘Uh-uh, we’re not taking this any longer,’ and they’ll put an end to this rape problem fast.”

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