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That Moment You Learn The Meaning of Your Name

Written and performed by Siaka Massaquoi about the power of learning the meaning of his name.

Sun 19 Dec 2021, 15:01

Say My Name video (Chinese students at Columbia University)

In response to xenophobic incidents at Columbia University where East Asian name tags were ripped off in multiple residence halls, Chinese international students share these stories of their names.

Sun 19 Dec 2021, 14:56

Getting Students' Names Right: Why It Matters

Students at Downtown College Prep Alum Rock High School in San Jose, Calif., describe how their names get mispronounced and misspelled in school.

Sun 19 Dec 2021, 14:42

Hidden Power Behind our Names

In a world where identity and belonging are so often defined by our labels, diplomat and writer Graci Kim Cribbens asks the question: what is in a name? (TED Talk)

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 20:06

Your Name is Your Crown

What’s in a name? In this captivating performance of “Sugarcane,” in this TED Talk, poet Toluwanimi Obiwole reveals the origin of her own name, her struggle to embrace it, and her mother’s wisdom. Toluwanimi Oluwafunmilayo Obiwole is a Nigerian-born, Colorado-raised poet, organizer and educator

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 20:03

Do Names Matter?

In this TED Talk, Lion Lee explores the significance and surprising insignificance of what we're named.

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 20:01

Name Mispronunciations - students' opinions

Students whose names are regularly mispronounced talk about their experiences.

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 19:58

“Facundo the Great”

Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez was raised in a small farming community in southern California in the 1950s. As was common practice at that time, teachers at his local elementary school Anglicized the Mexican American students’ names.

Ramón came to StoryCorps to remember a classmate who proved to be the exception to the rule.

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 19:55

Substitute Teacher - Key & Peele

This sketch can provide a conversation starter about names and mispronunciation in the classroom.

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 19:48

Call people by name: memory tips

Imagine never having to feel that awkward embarrassment when you know you ought to make an introduction, but just can't remember someone's name. Kate Forrest shares unique memory tips in this TED Talk on how to learn and recall people's names days, months, and years later.

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 19:31

Hi, What's Your Name?

Adaobi Adibe was a first year Electrical and Electronic Engineering student at the University of Manchester when she delivered this TED talk about her name. Co-founder of the ‘The Sisterhood Movement’, a network for women of colour that encourages career development and personal development by utilising the power of sisterhood.

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 18:51

The Power of your Name

In this TED Talk, Obichukwu Maduka-Ugwu speaks about the power of names.

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 18:49

Your Name is Key

In this TED talk, listen to Huda Essa speak about the power behind your name and the ways in which learning names can teach us to be more culturally inclusive.

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 18:47

The #Hellomynameis story - using names to connect patients and staff

Find out more about the #Hello My Name Is campaign which was started to encourage and remind healthcare staff about the importance of introductions in healthcare.

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 18:38

The importance of names

Don’t think saying someone’s name correctly matters? Fast forward to 2:37 in this clip from “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” when a fan meets “Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman.

Sat 18 Dec 2021, 18:12