Posts Tagged ‘Kathleen Hanna’

Weekly Round Up: Carolina De Robertis, Kathleen Hanna, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Happy Tuesday, and welcome to fall! Here is the latest from some of our fantastic speakers in the news:

 

Carolina de Robertis gets a rave review from the Los Angeles Review of Books of her third and most recent novel of historical fiction, The Gods of Tango, calling it bold and mesmerizing.

 

The Olympian chatted with Kathleen Hanna about her impressive career and the music scene in Olympia, where it all started. Check it out!

 

Popular Science cover subject Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson answered YOUR questions via twitter on Friday, September 18, when he sat down for a breakfast and banter event. Read a few of your questions and Dr. Tyson’s answers over at Popsci.com.

 

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Weekly Round Up: Kathleen Hanna, Raffi, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Hope you’ve all had a great summer. Here’s the latest from some of our fantastic speakers that are making waves:

 

Start your week right by listening to the previously unreleased “Ocean Song” from Bikini Kill and let frontwoman Kathleen Hanna rock your socks off!

 

In other music news, beloved children’s singer Raffi gets political in his new song, calling for the return of Democracy to Canada. Check out how he hopes it can motivate young voters.

 

Finally, the esteemed Dr. Ainissa Ramirez generously donated a selection of books to “the little storefront library from my youth,” the Marion branch of the Jersey City Public Library, where they were much appreciated.

 

 

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That’s all for this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, activists, scientists and change makers!

 


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Speakers in the News: Kathleen Hanna, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Emily Hunter

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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

 

In exciting news for music fans, Kathleen Hanna’s original punk band Bikini Kill will reissue their rare first demo: Revolution Girl Style Now, which comes out September 22 on Bikini Kill Records.

 

Emmy Award Nominee Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the award show lineup, and more importantly why science literacy is so important for the future. You know you want to know!

 

Check out how “We all are part of a cultural change, part of a consciousness change” according to environmental activist Emily Hunter, as she illuminates audiences on the dangers of climate change with her new documentary.

 

That’s all for this week! Enjoy the final weeks of summer and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!


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Trending Now: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kathleen Hanna, Emily Hunter

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Here are the latest updates from some of our amazing speakers:

 

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson participated in a Q&A panel on Monday night with doctors, mathematicians and other scientists. The panelists took questions on topics including climate change, extraterrestrial life and artificial intelligence.

 

Be sure to check out the animated short ‘Myrna The Monster’ featuring Kathleen Hanna.   The animated short-film reveals the iconic voice of punk icon Kathleen Hanna, voicing the titular character.

 

The new documentary “How to Change the World” pays tribute to an environmental legacy and will debut on September 9th. Environmental activist, filmmaker and speaker Emily Hunter has a unique and personal perspective on the subject!

 

That’s all for this week! Enjoy the final weeks of summer and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!


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Weekly Round Up: Kathleen Hanna, Dr. Steven Strogatz, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Here are the latest updates from our speakers who have been making headlines:

 

Here’s what The Guardian had to say about the feminist punk legend Kathleen Hanna’s long-awaited return to the UK stage!

 

According to new research by mathematician  Dr. Steven Strogatz, the classic dispute settling game Rock-paper-scissors may explain evolutionary ‘games’ in nature.

 

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson  says  that a militarized space race between the United States and China would spark innovation comparable to what was seen decades before, rekindling the flames of innovation.

 

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Trending Now: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ainissa Ramirez, Kathleen Hanna

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!  Read on to find out what our speakers have been up to!

 

University of Massachusetts Class of 2015 graduates got a final lesson before receiving diplomas Friday evening – words of wisdom from master astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

 

Head over to ScienceMag.org and check out Dr. Ainissa Ramirez’ essay on becoming a science evangelist.

 

If you saw Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck when it premiered on HBO on Monday night and are looking for something else to watch,  Decider.com recommends checking out Kathleen Hanna’s 2013 documentary “The Punk Singer”.

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Today is Equal Pay Day!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Today (April 14, 2015) is Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

 

We want to applaud fair pay champion and speaker Lilly Ledbetter for her tireless efforts to highlight this issue and ensure it remains a part of our national dialogue.  Go Lilly!

 

Here’s a bit of of what our other awesome speakers and activists have been up to this past week:

 

Charles C. Mann has an intriguing new essay set to appear in the latest edition of Adbusters magazine.

 

The City of Boston welcomed Kathleen Hanna to the Wilbur Theatre last Thursday by declaring 4/9/15 “Riot Grrl Day.”  Awesome!

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Head over to the Guardian and check out Jessica Valenti’s latest essay.

 

That’s all for this week — be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest!

 


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Trending Now: David Quammen, Steven Strogatz, Daisy Hernandez

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Get the latest from our speakers with this collection of good reads from around the web:

 

The New York Times reviews famed science writer David Quammen’s timely new release.  “In  Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus, Mr. Quammen puts the frightening reality of Ebola — and the heightened language and hyperbole surrounding it — into perspective.”

 

At the Chaos Ball (which has lovingly been called the geekiest event of the season) mathematician and speaker Steven Strogatz has a lively onstage discussion on chaos theory with science enthusiast Alan Alda.

 

Daisy Hernández grew up between cultures as a first-generation American child of a working-class Colombian mother and Cuban father. Head over to North Carolina Public Radio and listen as host Frank Stasio talks to Hernández about her life and work.

 

Feminist activist and author Jessica Valenti, writing at The Guardian, reminds readers that “The freedom to have fun, make mistakes and participate in some youthful irresponsibility shouldn’t be limited to boys”.

 

Kathleen Hanna, the onetime leader of the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill, sits down for an interview witth SFGate ahead of her performance at the Fillmore Theatre.

 

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Trending Now: Dr. Steven Strogatz, Dr. Robert Bullard, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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

 

Outstanding math scholar, Dr. Steven Strogatz, will be showing us how to stimulate our minds and desires with mathematics at the Santa Fe Institute tomorrow. Be prepared at 7:30 PM to learn everything there is to know about numbers! Cornell professor also delves into how “one new thing leads to another” with a colorful diagram and the use of mathematical sense.

 

The Sierra Club, a prominent grassroots environmental organization, has reported that a novel award will be generated in the name of Dr. Robert Bullard for his work in environmental research and activism.

 

This year’s Apostacon event will feature documentary host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson— their most eminent host thus far. Get your tickets to the largest convention that headlines speakers and figures whom concentrate on atheism, science and skepticism on September 19 to 21 in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Richard Rodriguez, author of the acclaimed Brown: The Last Discovery of America, declares that there is a decline in news literacy in a brief Q&A with New America Media.

 

Enrique Moronesthe founder and executive director of Border Angels, will be one of the riveting panelists to discuss the exodus of refugees at UCCLM’s Friendship Hall on Sunday, August 17th, at 3:00 PM. Morones lives by the values of benevolence and rationality– you wouldn’t want to miss this! 

 

Kathleen Hanna, the muse of documentary “The Punk Singer,”  is recognized by performer Miley Cyrus on popular photo- and video-sharing app, Instagram, when Hanna was in her Bikini Kill days. Do we smell a feminist and musical collaboration?

 

Author of the infamous Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage, Stephanie Coontz, gets an excerpt of her interview from  Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love quoted onto EdenMagnet.com about parenting.

 

Want a good laugh? Well,  Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder lets us in on his latest adventure.

 


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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.

 

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


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Trending Now: Sandra Steingraber, Wade Davis, Arsalan Iftikhar

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here’s what our speakers have been up to this week:

 

In an open letter to the NYT, Dr. Sandra Steingraber challenges the claim that there exists a “right way” to frack.

 

Arsalan Iftikhar talks with NPR about the tragic kidnappings in Nigeria and discusses how groups like Boko Haram are distorting the Muslim faith.

 

Congratulations to Michael Sam on being drafted by the St. Louis Rams! You Can Play Executive Director, Wade Davis, talks about how LGBT organizations can help support athletes.

 

Over at the Guardian, Jessica Valenti tells us “Why it’s OK to be a ‘bad feminist’ and Kathleen Hanna discusses “What happens when a riot grrrl grows up.”

 

We are happy to announce that Resurrection, the hit ABC show based on Jason Mott’s writing, will return for a second season!

 

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


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What’s Trending Now: Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Happy Earth Day Everyone!  Our environmental change makers are speaking around the world today encouraging communities to take action to protect the planet we live on.   What’s the one thing you’ve done this year to create change?  Was it hard to do?

 

In other news,  Spin.com recounts the busy year of riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna and raves about her band’s newest release, “Brightside“.

 

Check out Math Horizons interview with acclaimed mathematician, writer, and teacher, Dr. Steven Strogatz.

 

Bustle.com wrestles with the age old question: is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson the sexiest astrophysicist alive?

 

Renowned novelist David Guterson plays a special role in this story of one person helping another – truly inspirational.

 

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


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Trending Now: Walsh-Kennedy Memorial, Wade Davis, and more!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

We would like to take a minute to honor and remember two fallen hometown heroes: Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy of the Boston Fire Department.

 

A Lieutenant Walsh – Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund has been established, donations can be made here.

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Here’s what some of our speakers have been up to this week:

 

Former NFL cornerback and You Can Play executive director Wade Davis gave two presentations last week to NFL owners, coaches and front office executives at the annual owners meetings. Wade’s talk addressed sexual orientation and homophobia in the locker room.

 

In the Washington Post, renowned feminist speaker and author Jessica Valenti describes why we need to keep talking about rape culture.

 

The Boston Globe covers Kathleen Hanna’s reemergence with the Julie Ruin.

 

Radiolab chats with Sonia Shah about the difficulties of sharing a planet with mosquitoes and with science writer David Quammen about the risks of getting rid of them.

 

At Wired Science, Charles C. Mann describes why renewables aren’t enough and clean coal has to be part of our future energy strategy.

 

That’s all for today – be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video.


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Weekly Round Up: March 11th 2014

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Did you catch Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson talking Cosmos on Colbert last night? If not, head over to Colbert Nation for a replay of the full episode!

 

At the Huffington Post this week, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez explains “What You Should Know about the SAT, But Were Afraid to Ask.”

 

Amber Madison gives us her take on a recently published report on fatherhood.

 

In Selma, Alabama, Spencer Overton attends the commemoration ceremony for the 49th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

 

Kathleen Hanna and company announce the continuance of their reissue campaign.  On April 15th they will release a revamped version of their 1993 Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah split LP.

 

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Weekly Round Up: March 4th 2014

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

We are less than one week away from the Sunday March 9th premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey!  In anticipation, the New York Times writes “it’s hard to imagine a better man to reboot the cosmos than Neil deGrasse Tyson.”

 

This past week, a few lucky attendees at the Whitehouse Film Festival got the chance to screen an episode of the new series.  Host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, President Obama, and science guy Bill Nye grabbed a quick photo to mark the occasion.

 

Also premiering this Sunday March 9th is the new ABC show Resurrection, based on Jason Mott’s latest book, The Returned.  Be sure to set your DVR!

 

To keep you busy until Sunday, head over to The Skinny for an early review of Kathleen Hanna’s documentary film, The Punk Singer.

 

At Al Jazeera America, Rinku Sen contemplates the existence of structural racial bias and explains “Why there will be another Trayvon.

 

Over on NPR Connecticut, STEM Evangelist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez sits down with three prominent female sports journalists to discuss the current “State of Sports.”

 

Be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!


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Weekly Round Up: From Gender Equality to Net Neutrality

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

 

Looks like our neighbors on the East coast are bracing for another snowstorm over the next few days, stay safe and stay warm!  We hope that everyone celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday!   We honor his legacy and work and encourage folks to remember him in giving back to their communities.

 

Here’s a look at what some of our speakers were up to this past week.

 

The reimagined Cosmos series starring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will premier March 9th on FOX!  Seth MacFarlane-the show’s executive  producer and star Dr. Tyson  talk about the show with USA Today, Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, the Wrap, the LA Times, Zap2It, Channel Guide, TV Equals, Chron, Mother Nature Network, National Monitor, Engadget, and International Business Times.  Whew!

 

Five years out from the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Ledbetter herself takes to the pages of the Washington Post to urge further action toward closing the gender pay gap.

 

In the pages of the New York Times, Dr. Stephanie Coontz responds to Maria Shriver’s star-studded offering, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, taking the reader through the gendered economy of the US, past and present.  “Whether they realize it or not, men now have a direct stake in policies that advance gender equity.”

 

Mother Jones asks Kathleen Hanna to share what she listens to, 16 years after Bikini Kill.  She tells the Guardian, “I don’t feel like an icon at all, more like a singing social worker, or a person with a bizarre back story..”  At the Rumpus, she answers questions on topics from technology and recording processes available in her different musical projects to her abortion at age 15, paid for with her McDonald’s wages.

 

At the Huffington Post, law scholar Spencer Overton avers that a bipartisan Voting Rights Act is possible.

 

“I was born in a culture where music was breath,” kentucky.com quotes Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon as saying.  “If you start to sing as soon as you start to talk, then there’s no separation between talking and singing.”

 

The Mathematical Association of America awards Steven StrogatzJoy of X its 2014 Euler Book Prize for showing “that these subjects have a beautiful side, a playful side, a mysterious side, and a practical side even in our present-day cyberculture.”

 

At io9, Annalee Newitz shares the results of a tech company’s experiment, proving that “booth babes” do not increase sales.  She also covers the latest threat to net neutrality.

 

Tucson Weekly takes a retrospective on Ted Conover’s landmark 1987 book Coyotes, wherein the author joined migrants struggling to cross the US-Mexico border, marveling that the tome, with all its tales of desperation, “is now a quaint anecdote compared to the unimaginable horror today’s migrants face in an era of increased post-Sept. 11 anti-terror border vigilance and drug-running sociopaths.”

 

Anticipating his performance in Nanaimo, its newspaper writes of Raffi, “Whether it’s singing ‘Bananaphone’ or calling upon the Canadian government to consider ‘reasonable regulations on the Internet,’ Raffi’s endeavors are often aimed at making the world a better place for its youngest inhabitants.”  Similarly, Kelowna’s newspaper interviews Raffi in anticipation of his appearance, asking what about children he finds inspirational.  “Children are the embodiment of joy. They seek meaning in life and they do it in wonder-filled ways.”

 

Did you know there are nearly 5,000 extant varieties of potato?  Peppered with fun facts about the tuber’s history, Charles C. Mann at the Smithsonian writes how this New World crop fed empire and gave rise to modern industrial agriculture.

 

That’s all for now – be sure to check back on Friday – our weekly Friday videos are back starting this week!!


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