Now our keynote speaker, who begins with a video introduction. I love video introductions; I think they are hugely effective uses of media to enhance any presentation; Pat Basset does a good job with this, and every speaker should try. Doesn’t have to be long: 4-6 minutes is a fine length, 15 minutes is too long. Teachers too, whom I observed when visiting 21 high schools this fall, greatly enhance their students’ learning by the use of short, youtube length, videos in their classroom.
Luma’s reputation is for her organizing a soccer team for international refugee youth, near Atlanta. Luma’s speaking style is lovely: modest, personal, self-reflective. And I agree we should honor those who are making global connections locally, in small but still very significant ways; Luma certainly has important lessons for us. And yet, I will confess to feeling envious that Kwame Anthony Appiah was the speaker last year– and I feel a bit shortchanged here, not hearing someone of his prominence and his sophistication. Is that a terrible thing to say? Nice standing ovation for Luma; her work deserves that, certainly.