Posts Tagged ‘Charles Johnson’

Weekly Roundup: Charles Johnson, Jim Lucas, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Hope everyone is having a great week! Check out the latest from some of our awesome change-makers in the news:

 

Have a listen to Marc Steiner’s recent WEAA radio show, in which he sits down for a conversation with the great writer and thinker Charles Johnson to discuss Dr. Johnson’s powerful book The Words and Wisdom of Charles Johnson.

 

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, King portrayer Jim Lucas spoke to a school group in Idaho Falls, ID, sharing insights from Dr. King’s life, the civil rights movement and race issues – spreading the message that communication is key to ending racism.

 

While most of the world knows that our Earth is indeed round, rapper B.o.B. has taken to Twitter to share his belief that the Earth is flat. And who better to set him straight than astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson? Dr. Tyson’s last tweet to the rapper : “Duude — to be clear: Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music” has now sparked an all-out rap battle. Check out the tweets and tidbits over at NPR and go from Flat to Fact.

 

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Weekly Roundup: Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Charles Johnson, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Stay updated with what some of our change-making speakers are up to:

 

Haven’t you always wanted to know why that age-old decision maker – the classic coin toss – is random? Let award winning scientist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez explain!

 

Renowned author and living legend Charles Johnson invites us to take a peek at his own reading habits in an interview with Spark Magazine in their recurring series that asks authors about their lives as readers.

 

Rolling Stone names Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson “The Smartest Man on TV”… but you already knew that. Here he discusses how he’s using StarTalk to change the world, the new Star Wars movie, and all things science.

 

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Trending now: David Quammen, Charles Johnson, Ted Conover

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!  Here is what a few of our speakers have been up to:

 

Discussing the NY Prison break over at CNN, Ted Conover describes how one decent snitch could hold the key.

 

Slowly, West Africa is prying itself free from the grip of the Ebola virus. Krys Boyd talks about why it’s tough for scientists to track the virus once an outbreak ends with David Quammen, who writes about the topic in the July issue of National Geographic.

 

Check out Marc Conner’s thoughtful review of Charles Johnson’s latest work Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice.

 

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Trending Now: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ainissa Ramirez, Charles Johnson

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Check out the latest updates from some of our awesome speakers and change-makers:

 

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson makes Tuvok’s cloaking frequency cake from Star Trek Voyager on the set of Nerdy Nummies.

 

Innovation Hub has a great article on two of our favorite science evangelists,  Dr. Ainissa Ramirez and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson!

 

Don’t forget to check out  Charles Johnson’s newest book:  The Adventures of Emery Jones Boy Science Wonder – The Hard Problem, just published  2/15/2015.

 

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Trending Now: Charles Johnson, Enrique Morones, Ntozake Shange

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Check out the latest updates from some of our awesome speakers and change-makers:

 

We are pleased to announce that Charles Johnson’s newest book:  The Adventures of Emery Jones Boy Science Wonder – The Hard Problem, will be officially published this Sunday 2/15/2015.

 

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Activist and speaker Enrique Morones explained the history of Border Angels and water drops as he guided ThinkProgress reporters across the desert.

As we begin Black History Month, The New York Public Library Podcast welcomes the great American playwright and poet Ntozake Shange, creator of the Obie-Award-winning play “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.”

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Trending Now: Ian Cheney, Lateefah Simon, Charles Johnson

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Ian Cheney’s latest film, The Search for General Tso,  will be available in theaters and video-on-demand on January 2. Check out the newest trailer here!

 

Lateefah Simon, a MacArthur Fellowship winner for her civil rights work,  has been nominated for the San Francisco Chronicle’s newest award honoring the top Bay Area visionary.

 

Head over to The Guardian and check out Jessica Valenti’s editorial on the hashtag, #CrimingWhileWhite.

 

Writing for Tricycle.com, Charles Johnson recounts how his religious practice and creative work became expressions of one another.

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson meets with some extraordinary young men and women as he travels to the US Embassy in Barbados!

 

“NDT with members of the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group at U.S. Embassy Bridgetown”

“NDT with members of the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group at U.S. Embassy Bridgetown”

 

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The Ebola Post: Read what leading experts have to say

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

These days, if you turn on the TV or radio or read a newspaper, you’re bound to see something about Ebola. Here’s what two experts –Sonia Shah and David Quammen– have to say:

 

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Quammen gives readers a bigger picture of the current Ebola outbreak in his newest book, writing,

 

…”it’s already ten times larger in terms of case fatalities—ten times more punishing to Africans, ten times more scary and befuddling to people around the world—than any single outbreak of an ebolavirus (there are five kinds) during the previous known history of the disease.”

 

By drawing on his own field research in African forests to discover the historical, geographic and scientific aspects of Ebola, Quammen feeds not only readers’ awareness of information but rather their rich knowledge surrounding what our world is currently facing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sonia’s presentation on the spread of Cholera

 

Last month, Sonia Shah presented “Rethinking New Diseases,” at TedMed 2014 in Washington, DC. Shah loves talking about the the past, present, and future of cholera and other emerging infectious diseases and never ignores the opportunity to do so with the public. If you want to get some firsthand Sonia-knowledge, check out a free event at the New York Academy of Medicine where she’ll be discussing Cholera alongside Doctors Without Borders using the brand-new beautiful graphics we’ve shared above.

 

What else is trending? Wade Davis  was the keynote speaker at the Diversity Conference this past week at the College at Brockport and Dr. Charles Johnson has this new cartoon to keep you thinking about the power of education (below).

 

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Facing the unknown

Monday, October 6th, 2014

This week’s post starts by quoting something the great Tom Hanks who once said:

 

“A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown.”

 

All of us have “unknowns” in our lives that can be particularly frightening or uncomfortable to face- the new job/school, moving into a new neighborhood, raising a child for the first time, meeting a new person. A few of our speakers are doing things in their own lives that show how they face the unknown in very different ways and we thought you might find comfort in the fact that you’re (we’re) not alone.

 

Jodi already has a copy!

Jodi already has a copy!

 

1. Dr. Charles Johnson‘s new book, Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice explores how spirituality has powerful potential in almost all sphere of American life. One especially interesting Chapter is titled “Why Buddhism for Black America Now?”–what Buddhism can offer the African-American community in the post-MLK era. Johnson faces the unknown-higher power(s)- with creativity and pragmatism. He wonders how further reflection on the unknown can bring about inner peace for his fellow citizens.

 

 

2. In a recent radio show, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez describes her original fascination with science saying,

 

“The first class, this professor just knocked my socks off. He said, ‘Everything that you understand has to do with the interaction of atoms…’ So something that I cannot see completely changes my environment. And if you understand how atoms interact, then you can change those properties…That’s where material sciences and I found each other”

 

Dr. Ramirez clearly has a different take that Mr. Johnson on the unknown. This woman takes it head on to make it known and is loving it.

 

 

3. Last, we read a blkate-clinton-headshot-color-227x280og post written by Kate Clinton that expresses her thoughts and feelings about “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Ms. Clinton shares with us that she is in that place where we all find ourselves: frustration with the unknown. Having a partner who had Breast Cancer, Kate explains that she’s fed up with the pink ribbons she sees everywhere every year. While she has deep respect for all of the people who work to raise awareness and search for a cure, she’s had enough with the calm, pink approach to relating to cancer. Bring on the punk, she says. Sometimes, the unknown raises emotions and sometimes you’ve just got to let it out.

 

 

 


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Trending Now: Sandra Steingraber, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jessica Valenti

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

What does the anti-fracking and the climate movements have to do with one another? EcoWatch posted a speech by Sandra Steingraber, who has been campaigning for anti-fracking, explaining the correlation between the two.

 

Host of  “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, was featured on a  “StarTalk”  broadcast with the creator of  “Cosmos,” Ann Druyan. Get a peek into what it’s like behind the scenes of this Emmy-winning science documentary!

 

Jessica Valenti, author of  The Purity Myth and advocate for third-wave feminism, wrote an interesting column about virginity on The Guardian US.

 

Cornell professor and mathematics wiz, Steven Strogatz, writes about how simple physics and trigonometry can determine the inclination of a steep hill  on Huffington Post.

 

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Trending Now: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Project Censored, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Congratulations to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey for winning four Emmy awards.

 

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Compliments to the Director of  Project Censored, Mickey Huff, and President, Peter Phillips, for recently receiving  a Pillar Award for Persons of Conscience in New Media and Journalism from the National Whistleblower Summit in Washington, D.C. Follow their Facebook page for more exciting reports!

 

Connoisseur of wine, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, has been featured on The Wall Street Journal  for her ardency in acquiring her Masters of  Wine diploma. It is admirable that only 10 women in the United States hold this special diploma! Jennifer was also featured on Fox 5 in New York for a segment on wine mixing and tasting. Watch the clip here and obtain some knowledge for your next dinner date!

 

Very exciting news! Cult film actor of Evil Dead series, Bruce Campbell, will be releasing a sequel to the 1989 film Moontrap next year in which he starred in.

 

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Trending Now: Sonia Shah, Lorene Cary, Ted Conover

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Here is the latest from our speakers who are making headlines:

 

In connection with her tenure as the Ottaway Prof of Journalism at SUNY, Sonia Shah has launched a new investigative website on Lyme disease.

 

Lorene Cary, author of If Sons, Then Heirs and Black Ice, speaks about her novels in-depth through an online interview with Deborah Kalb. Stay tuned for her new website focusing on acts of kindness and social work that protects school children!

 

Ted Conover, author of Rolling NowhereThe Routes of Man and Coyotes has been featured on Mic.com as an adventurer, father and a man consumed by the beauties of wanderlust.

 

Jodi enjoys a recent visit with authors David Guterson (far left) and Dr. Charles Johnson (far right)!  You can imagine the great stories and conversation that were had!

 

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Check out the latest adventure from Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder.

 

That’s all for us — be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!

 


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Trending now: David Quammen, Enrique Morones, Gary Hirshberg

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Here is the latest from our speakers who are making headlines:

 

Enrique Morones, the founder and executive director of Border Angels, an organization which supplies food and water to the many undocumented immigrants, speaks about the border crises and how we can stop it.

 

Gary Hirshberg,  co-founder of organic yogurt company Stonyfield Farm, talks with Inc. Magazine about what company founders must do in order to grow.

 

Speaker and National Geographic writer David Quammen is researching the Yellowstone region for a special issue of the magazine to be released in 2015.  In its 126-year history, this is the first time the magazine will have devoted an entire issue to one subject.

 

Ebony Magazine has named speaker Wade Davis as one of the top 10 Black LGBT trailblazers on the rise.

 

Head over to Progressive.org to read Claudia Dreifus’ interview with Nadine Gordimer.

 

Check out the latest adventure from Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder.

 

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Trending Now: Wade Davis, Amir Aczel, Arn Chorn-Pond

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Here’s the latest from our speakers who are making headlines:

 

Congratulations to Wade Davis on being inducted into the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Over at Discover Magazine, Amir Aczel gives readers a rundown of the latest developments concerning the recently discovered Higgs Boson Particle.

 

The Khmer edition of Never Fall Down, the book that follows musician and Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) founder Arn Chorn-Pond during the Khmer Rouge era was launched last week.

 

Check out Kate Clinton and Urvashi Vaid in a joint interview with Laura Flanders.

 

Don’t miss the latest adventure from Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder!

 

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Trending now: Suzan Harjo, Jessica Valenti, Ted Conover

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Here’s the latest from our speakers who are making headlines:

 

We start by recognizing the efforts of longtime Native American activist and speaker, Suzan Harjo, who was the driving force behind the cases that led the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office to cancel the federal trademarks for the Washington Redskins.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on winning ‘Best Reality Host’ at the 4th annual Critics’ Choice Television Awardsfor his role as host of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.

 

Check out Jessica Valenti’s latest article at The Guardian: “Transgender people want to exist without having to prove they are ‘real”.

 

New Hampshire Public Radio interviews Ted Conover, author of “Rolling Nowhere: Riding The Roads With America’s Hobos” about the sequel adventure he recently shared with his son.

 

Don’t miss the latest adventure from Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder!

 

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Trending Now: Hassan Abbas, Gail Dines, Sandra Steingraber

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Here’s the latest from our speakers who are making headlines:

 

Salon gives us 11 reasons why Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is their favorite scientist!

 

Head over to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and check out Hassan Abbas‘ latest podcast on militancy and the pause in Pakistan drone strikes. 

 

Check out Dr. Sandra Steingraber‘s remarks at the  EU Commission’s “New Environmentalism Summit” this week. 

 

At the Huffington Post, Gail Dines has some profound thoughts on feminism and porn.

 

Don’t miss the latest from Emery Jones , Boy Science Wonder!

 

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Trending Now: Spencer Overton, Hassan Abbas, Ian Cheney

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Here’s the latest from our speakers who are making headlines:

 

A BIG congratulations to Wade Davis on being one of the 2014 inductees into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Spencer Overton writes for the Huffington Post how the “White House Provides Leadership on Challenges Confronting Males of Color”.

 

The Hollywood Reporter gives Ian Cheney’s newest film, ‘The Search for General Tso’, a great review!

 

NPR sits down with Hassan Abbas for a candid discussion about who, if anyone, won the Afghanistan War.

 

What are the five questions that Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to know the answers to before he dies? Find out here!

 

Don’t miss the latest adventure from Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder.

 

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Trending Now: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Annie Leonard, Wade Davis

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

We hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

 

Here’s the latest from some of our speakers who are making headlines:

 

Congratulations to Annie Leonard on being recognized as one of the 2014 Prime Mover Fellows.

 

You Can Play executive director Wade Davis spent a full day this week helping the St. Louis Rams prepare for the arrival of Michael Sam, who hopes to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

 

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson had issues with the science in “Gravity,” but he’s holding off on any objections to the time travel in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.

 

Don’t miss the latest from Emery Jones!

 

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Trending Now: David Quammen, Wade Davis, Annie Leonard

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Here’s the latest from some of our speakers who are making headlines:

 

Greenpeace USA has announced new leadership, tapping filmmaker, author, environmental activist and speaker Annie Leonard to serve as its next executive director.

 

Wade Davis, executive director of the You Can Play Project, speaks with PEOPLE Magazine as part of their exclusive portfolio of gay athletes in professional sports.

 

In response to the recent outbreak of the MERS virus, Spillover author David Quammen sits down with National Geographic to discuss the rise of zoonotic diseases and why they spread.

 

The Huffington Post welcomes Kathleen Hanna’s return to the spotlight and examines “9 Things Riot Grrrl Lyrics Can Teach You About Life”.

 

Don’t miss the latest adventure from Emery Jones Boy Science Wonder.

 

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