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Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story (Thoughts as a Visiting Artist)

Today I visited Evan Hastings thoughtful and heart warming class of young adults, as a visiting Theater artist and youth developer.

In Evan Hastings class, "Ramayana Remix" we watched a TED talk on "the danger of a single story" by the prolific Nigerian Novelist Chimamanda Adichie. Evan Hastings used her questions of the danger of a single story to explore the Ramayana with his students, alongside exploring how stereotypes are formed.

I had the opportunity to jump in head first into the young adults libratory theater process and in that explore my own.

Having very little experience with the Ramayana, forced me to both ask and answer questions of myself that expanded my box of what I assumed Bangalore and the Ramayana to be about before I arrived. Watching this TED talk had me ask the question today, "where in my life lies a single story?"

According to Adichie in the TED talk, "stories can break the dignity of a people and they can also repair the br…