May 12, 2021, 7:00pm TED Circles: How To Be Fearless In The Face of Authoritarianism

How do you stand up to authoritarianism? And what does it mean to be “fearless”? In this powerful talk, housewife-turned-politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya describes her unlikely bid to defeat Belarus’s long-time autocratic leader in the nation’s 2020 presidential election. Painting a vivid picture of how small acts of defiance flourished into massive, peaceful demonstrations, she shares a beautiful meditation on the link between fearlessness and freedom, reminding us that we all have what it takes to stand up to injustice — we just need to do it together.

Please join TED Circles hosts Tammy Paige Goddard, Mai Shim, and fellow members of the TEDxMidAtlantic community. We’ll play the talk, and then break into smaller groups to discuss. We look forward to seeing you!


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