Monica Lewinsky to give TED Talk
WASHINGTON — Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern at the center of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, will continue her reentry into public life with a TED talk in late March.
Lewinsky’s remarks will focus on making “a safer and more compassionate social media environment, drawing from her unique experiences at the epicenter of a media maelstrom in 1998,” the TED website said.
The speech will come during the TED 2015 Truth and Dare meeting in Vancouver, Canada on March 19.
Lewinsky has become an activist against cyber bullying. She first reentered public life last year when she penned a Vanity Fair essay about life after her affair with Clinton and how she saw similarities between her case and high profile cases of cyber bullying.
in the Vanity Fair piece, Lewinsky cited the 2010 Tyler Clementi case as the reason she was going public with her cause. Clementi was a freshman at Rutgers who committed suicide after his roommate secretly used a webcam to stream his sexual encounter.
“My own suffering took on a different meaning,” Lewinsky wrote about her reaction to the Clementi case. “Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?”
Lewinsky is now a Vanity Fair contributor, and her essay was nominated for a National Magazine Award.
In October, Lewinsky gave a much watched speech where she said her new mission in life was to end cyberbullying.
“Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too,” she told the audience at Forbes’ 30 Under 30 summit. “I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past.”