A while back I stumbled on amazing website put together by the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference that takes place every year in Long Beach, California. Basically, the conference is all about bringing together thinkers from the major disciplines and have them explain an idea or concept their working on. The conference features people like Stephen Hawking, Anna Deveare Smith, Jane Goodall, Bill Clinton, Dave Eggers, Amy Tan, and a bunch of lesser-known (but no less significant) folks. Whatever you're into, whether it be technology, science, art, design, sociology, they've got something for you.
To get you started, Nigerian writer Chris Abani talks about the importance of learning African narratives. Abani recently wrote a novel, The Virgin of Flames, which was reviewed in Indiana Review by Megan Savage. If you haven't heard of him, you need to. Dude is deep.