David Quammen and emerging diseases – a closer look!

Happy Thursday! This week, we have a special bonus speaker feature,  we’ll take a closer look at science writer David Quammen! David’s been featured in the news, and interviewed internationally, about the emerging coronavirus from China. David’s book Spillover took an in-depth look at emerging pandemics caused by animal-to-human transmission, including Ebola and coronavirus.   …Read More

Civil/Human Right champion Lateefah Simon – a closer look

Happy Wednesday! Today, we’re taking a closer look at civil rights/human rights champion Lateefah Simon! (Lateefah, second from left, at recent dedication of the Oscar Grant mural at Fruitvale Station in San Francisco)   A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice, Lateefah has over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for …Read More

National Book Award winning author Charles Johnson: a closer look

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re going to take a longer look at author/scholar Charles Johnson. Actually, the full ‘slash line’ would be author/Buddhist scholar/cartoonist/philosopher/photojournalist/television producer…   When asked about the difference between visual art and writing, Johnson said “…when you’re talking about language, you have the possibility of multiple levels of meaning. If I shifted …Read More

Climate Scientist Michael Mann in Australia- a closer look

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re going to take a closer look at what climate scientist Michael Mann has been up to lately … Dr. Mann is a climatologist and the head of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center. His work on the IPCC’s “Third Scientific Assessment Report” on climate change was cited as an important …Read More

Inequality scholar Chuck Collins – a closer look

Happy Wednesday! Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “God never intended for one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth, while others live in abject deadening poverty”. This week, we’re going to take a closer look at philanthropist/inequality scholar Chuck Collins!     He is a storyteller and organizer known for his efforts …Read More

Stockton Mayor Micheal Tubbs- a closer look

Happy Wednesday! Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is Wednesday this week, and will be nationally observed next Monday.   Dr. King once said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ We’re going to take a closer look at Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, a man for whom this question is …Read More

Labor Activist/Author Jane McAlevey – A closer look

Happy Wednesday, and Happy New Year! We’re starting 2020 by introducing to you our newest speaker, labor organizer and activist Jane McAlevey!   Jane McAlevey has spent most of her life as an organizer and negotiator. She’s fourth generation union, raised in an activist-union household. She spent the first half of her organizing life working …Read More

The Happy Holidays edition …

Friends – Even as we face uncertainty and conflict within the United States, we are reminded of the holidays that remind us of our commonality. Both the Christmas tree and the Hanukkah menorah are reminders of faith, of hope in hopeless situations, of renewal and rebirth. Let 2020 be the year of a world cultural …Read More