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Week in Review!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Check out the latest updates from our awesome speakers and activists:

 

The Final Four is set to get underway in Indianapolis this weekend and Indiana’s new law protecting businesses that turn away gay and lesbian customers on religious grounds is going to be a major topic. Wade Davis, a former NFL player and executive director of the You Can Play Project, expects to add to that conversation when his organization hosts a panel the prior to the national semifinals.

 

FX has announced that Bruce Campbell has been cast to portray Ronald Reagan in the upcoming second season of the FX drama Fargo.

 

Raffi Cavoukian has released children’s albums in five decades, starting with Singable Songs for the Very Young in 1975. Now, after 12 years between albums, Raffi has released Love Bug!

 

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Trending Now: Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Wade Davis, Jessica Valenti

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Check out the latest updates from our awesome speakers, activists and change makers:

 

Materials scientist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez explains how frog legs actually helped to make the Academy Awards possible.

 

Head over to Ebony and read about how You Belong Co-Founders, former NFL player Wade Davis and writer Darnell L. Moore, teamed up with leading social justice organizations to launch – “This Is Luv” (#ThisIsLuv), a multi-media campaign highlighting affirming LGBT love in Black communities and families.

 

In her latest piece for the Guardian, Jessica Valenti asks the question “Why is bearing children seen as more important than surviving pregnancy?”

 

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


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Congrats to our hometown New England Patriots!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Congratulations to our hometown New England Patriots on winning Superbowl XLIX! We are looking forward to the duck boat parade tomorrow!  

 

In the run-up to the big game our own Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, renowned materials scientist, was highly sought after for comment regarding the “deflate gate” controversy:

 

“Deflating the ball does give a team an advantage,” says materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez, the author of Newton’s Football, a book about the science of football. Ramirez says the slightly softer football improves the grip.

 

“Particularly during that game which was very rainy, it’s hard to hold the ball, it’s hard to catch the ball,” she says. “So by making it a little softer, it’s easier to catch the ball.”

 

After the big win former NFL player, current GLBTQ advocate, and outstanding speaker, Wade Davis,  was on-set with CNN discussing the game:

 

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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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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.

 

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


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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!

 

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


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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.

 

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


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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!

 

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


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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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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!

 

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What’s trending now: Michael Tubbs, Jessica Valenti, and more!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Here’s what is trending from some of our speakers, activists, and change makers:

 

The Huffington Post interviews Michael Tubbs and proclaims that the 23 year old councilman from Stockton, California will restore your faith in politicians.  True Son, a documentary film about councilman Tubbs, debuted last week at the Tribeca Film Festival.

 

In her latest column for The Guardian, Jessica Valenti explains that “feminists aren’t ‘man-haters’ – we just don’t like men who are sexist”.

 

With this year’s NFL draft set to be the first to feature an openly gay player, Bleacher Report describes how Wade Davis and others paved the way for Michael Sam.

 

GALO Magazine talks with filmmaker Ian Cheney about His Search for General Tso and America’s Love for the Famed Dish.

 

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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: We Applaud Michael Sam’s Courageous Announcement

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Wow what an amazing week — we congratulate Michael Sam for his courageous announcement.  Openly gay former NFL defensive back Wade Davis tells NFL.com why he thinks the league is ready for Sam.

 

 

 

With less than a month to go until the March 9th premier of Cosmos — Look for Neil deGrasse Tyson to be featured in a special double issue of the New Yorker magazine, on newsstands tomorrow!

 

Congratulations to Spencer Overton on being selected as new interim CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named Steven Strogatz the recipient of the 2013 AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award .

 

President and senior scientist of ORCA, Edith Widder, will be leading an important first-of-its-kind research project in the Indian River Lagoon.

 

The Harvard Gazette profiles Lewis Hyde and gives us an excerpt from the current draft of Lewis Hyde’s forthcoming book Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

 

That’s all for us today – check back on Friday for our weekly video!


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