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The wisdom of sociology: Sam Richards at TEDxLacador

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A radical experiment in empathy: Sam Richards at TEDxPSU

Sam Richards is a sociologist and award-winning teacher who has been inspiring undergraduate students at Penn State since 1990. Every semester, 725 students register for his Race and Ethnic Relations course, one of the most popular classes at Penn State and the largest of its kind in the country. Through his natural ability of seeing a subject from many angles, Richards encourages students to engage more fully with the world and to think for themselves — something he did not do until his third year in college. Because of his passion for challenging students to open their minds, an interviewer recently referred to him as an alarm clock for eighteen-year-olds.

His career began at the age of 24 when he was hired to teach a cybernetics course — just 15 minutes before the first class meeting. He remembers walking into the room without having had a moment to create a lesson plan and greeting his students, Welcome to the course. I'm your instructor. And if you have no idea what cybernetics is, you're not alone — because I don't either. This characteristic willingness to be playfully transparent in the classroom, along with a talent for making complex ideas understandable and relevant, is the foundation of his success as a teacher.

Richards is also the co-director of the World in Conversation Project at Penn State ( whose mission is to create a kind of dialogue about social and cultural issues that invites the unexamined, politically incorrect thoughts of participants to the surface so that those thoughts can be submitted to conscious exploration and inquiry. The conversation topics span a range of cultural issues — from U.S. race relations to gender to faith to international racism. This year, nearly 7,000 University Park students will participate in one of more than 1,300 of these unscripted conversations. Furthermore, the project also sponsors video dialogues between Penn State students and students at other universities around the world.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Arabic translation: Noof Fawzi Alkhamis
Malay translation: Iliani Wan Ahmad Murtadza

A radical experiment in empathy - Sam Richards

By leading the Americans in his audience step by step through the thought process, sociologist Sam Richards sets an extraordinary challenge: can they understand -- not approve of, but understand -- the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? And by extension, can anyone truly understand and empathize with another? (Filmed at TEDxPSU.)

Talk by Sam Richards.
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The Truth in Social Research: Rebecca Huntley at TEDxSydney

Dr Rebecca Huntley is a researcher, author and social commentator with a background in publishing, academia and politics. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in Gender Studies. Rebecca is the Director of The Mind and Mood Report, Australia's longest-running social trends report, currently in its 35th year. Rebecca is the author of numerous books including a memoir, The Italian Girl. She is also a columnist for BRW and a feature writer for Vogue. She is a sought-after commentator on social trends on radio, in print and on television.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

"Evolution in Sociology" - Sam Richards in SOC119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the second class from August 24, 2017:

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"Who Is Sam Richards?" #SOC119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the first class on January 9, 2018:

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"Who is Sam Richards?" #Soc119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the first class on January 8, 2019:

Feel free to participate in the chat space and interact with students in the classroom by using the #soc119 hashtag on Twitter. But please be kind. Remember, this is a classroom.

Did you watch an ad before today’s video? That’s because our YouTube channel is partnered! But don’t worry… Sam isn’t trying to make millions on YouTube. Find out why we monetize our videos here:


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Sam Richards, Penn State Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Sam Richards, Penn State Senior Lecturer in Sociology and co-founder of World in Conversation, explains the experiences people can miss out on if they don't let go of their prejudices.

Interview by Lucie Couillard,
Video by Maria Bryant

The Eyes - Sam Richards in Soc 119

Short segment from Soc 119, Penn State's race and ethnic relations class taught by Dr. Sam Richards.

PSU State of State 2014: Sam Richards

Sam Richards (Professor of Sociology) - He is Co-Director of the World In Conversation project and instructor of the largest race relations course in the United States. Just under a million people have watched his TED talk, A Radical Experiment in Empathy. Sam will speak about dialogue as the starting point for action at Penn State. Basically, he wants to talk about how to talk.

"The Sociology of Suicide" #SOC119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the seventeenth class on March 3, 2018:

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Sam Richards & Laurie Mulvey Speaking at discernPSU

The discernPSU lecture series invites public figures from the university and State College community to present a brief lecture, followed by an opportunity for audience questions. Presenters talk about the work they do, how they discovered their vocation, and how this work reflects and fulfills their values and beliefs.

Q & A with Sam Richards

Penn State classes where canceled on Thursday, November 15th and so we did a question and answer session with live stream viewers so that Sam could directly respond to their questions. It was fast -paced and fun.
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"The Sociological Imagination: Do We Have Free Will" #SOC119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the seventeenth class on March 3, 2018:

Feel free to participate in the chat space and interact with students in the classroom by using the #soc119 hashtag on Twitter. But please be kind. Remember, this is a classroom.

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The artist of the song used in this video has given SOC119 the permission to use the song however the video editors see fit. Support the artist by clicking this link:

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"The Most Essential Debate in Sociology" #Soc119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the twelfth class on September 27, 2018:

Feel free to participate in the chat space and interact with students in the classroom by using the #soc119 hashtag on Twitter. But please be kind. Remember, this is a classroom.

Did you watch an ad before today’s video? That’s because our YouTube channel is partnered! But don’t worry… Sam isn’t trying to make millions on YouTube. Find out why we monetize our videos here:


If we show a video in class, we'll post the link here:

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Class website:
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The artist of the song used in this video has given SOC119 the permission to use the song however the video editors see fit. Support the artist by clicking this link:

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Soc 119 Live Stream - Class #23: Living In-between

5:54 Class Starts

Welcome to the live stream of Soc 119, an innovative Sociology course taught by Dr. Sam Richards at The Pennsylvania State University. Sam creates an engaging participatory classroom environment to allow students from every background to step into worlds other than their own. He also invites YOU to join in from wherever you are and he welcomes your personal viewpoint.

Class happens on Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:35-5:50 pm Eastern Standard Time. To find your local time go to and enter State College, PA and then your local major city. Reflection videos are released on Mondays & Fridays afternoons. Soc 119 Podcast is Fridays at 12pm EST.

Feel free to participate in the chat space and interact with students in the classroom by using the #soc119 hashtag on Twitter. But please be kind. Remember, this is a classroom.

Stream Rules:
1. Use language appropriate for a classroom.
2. Be positive and respectful to everyone.
3. Do not attack people.
4. Respect the moderators.
5. Refrain from making jokes about mental disorders, racism and/or discrimination.
6. There is usually a three-strike policy when a rule is violated:
7. First you will receive a warning from a moderator. Secondly your channel will go on a timeout. Finally your channel will be banned.
8. Moderators have the right to timeout or ban anyone at anytime.


If we show a video in class, we'll post the link in the live stream chat space.

Did you watch and ad during the video? All of the money we make from Google AdSense we use to go back into the stream. We are able to pay for free trade t-shirts for stream team members, paying for new equipment, etc. No one gets paid with the money we make, and we do NOT make millions of dollars. If we have a surplus of money from the YouTube Channel, we donate the remaining money to our Brazil/Haiti projects. Have any questions? Email staff@soc119.org

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Double Standards - Sam Richards in Soc 119

Short segment from Soc 119, Penn State's race and ethnic relations class taught by Dr. Sam Richards.

Rethinking War

Welcome to the live stream of Soc 119, an innovative Sociology course taught by Dr. Sam Richards at The Pennsylvania State University. Sam creates an engaging participatory classroom environment to allow students from every background to step into worlds other than their own. He also invites YOU to join in from wherever you are and he welcomes your personal viewpoint.

Feel free to participate in the chat space and interact with students in the classroom by using the #soc119 hashtag on Twitter. But please be kind. Remember, this is a classroom.

If we show a video in class, we'll post the link in the live stream chat space.

My Job as a Teacher - Sam Richards in Soc 119

Short segment from Soc 119 (Race and Ethnic Relations), a Sociology class at Penn State University, taught by Dr. Sam Richards since 1991.

How can we trust random opinions? - Sam Richards in Soc 119

Short segment from Soc 119, Penn State's race and ethnic relations class taught by Dr. Sam Richards.

Thoughts on Evolution - Sam Richards in Soc 119

Short segment from Soc 119, Penn State's race and ethnic relations class taught by Dr. Sam Richards.

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