Since Bono delivered a TED talk about poverty earlier this year, Prof. Ananya Roy had to follow suit. (“Bono, Bono, Bono…”) Roy delivered a talk at this year’s TEDxBerkeley event, which explored the theme “Catalyzing Change.” Roy’s talk rounded out the “Create” session and featured clips from
U2’s 360 Degree World Tour The #GlobalPOV Project video series. According to the Daily Californian:
Ananya Roy, a professor of city and regional planning and founder of the global poverty and practice minor at UC Berkeley, concluded the “Create” session with her piece entitled “(Un)knowing Poverty,” disputing the common yet inaccurate notion people have of poverty. Her work addressed the question, “Why do we see the dependent in this way, and why is our own dependency so unknown to us?”
She also addressed what she believed to be a common hole in the motives of many philanthropists who are empathetic to those suffering in developing countries yet “squirm with their encounters with the homeless panhandler of Berkeley.”
To read the full Daily Cal article, click here. Video of the talk is forthcoming!