Archive for June, 2018

Weekly Round Up: The Immigration Edition

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Happy Wednesday! Let’s look at this week’s news … which has been dominated by talk about immigration to the US. We have a few speakers whose work touches upon this issue …

 

Such as Arsalan Iftikhar, a Muslim human rights attorney and Senior Research Fellow with Georgetown University’s “Bridge Initiative”.  His book Scapegoats was described as “… an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently. Violence or hate speech against any community based on their faith is un-American and is against our founding principles…” by former President Jimmy Carter. Here’s a video of Arsalan discussing the Trump administration’s decision to leave the UN Human Rights Council.

 

Founded by Enrique Morones, Border Angels is an all volunteer non profit organization. Border Angels advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on those issues related on Latino issues on the US-Mexican border. Here’s a recent news story in which Enrique talks about the rising immigrant death toll in the unforgiving Southwester desert.

 

Daisy Hernandez is the author of the memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed. In this recent interview, Daisy notes ““I was confused why the American Dream didn’t get to include everyone”. Speaking of her immigrant family (Cuba and Colombia), she says “Even with Trump, he does want immigrants. He just wants them from Norway. He’s pro-white…”

 

Rinku Sen has, for decades, advocated and fought for immigration reform. As a long-time leader of Race Forward, Rinku has been a leading figure in the fight for social justice and racial equality. Her book The Accidental American calls for a bold new approach to immigration: a free international flow of labor to match globalization’s free flow of capital. Here’s a recent video from The Maven discussing the Starbucks decision to offer racial sensitivity training to its employees.

 

And that is the story for this week! 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: The Charles Johnson edition

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

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 at all from the image to the word it’s because the word is polymorphous and you can create a work of fiction that has more dimensions than a drawing or even a film.”

 

Johnson’s first published work (in fact, perhaps his first thousand published works!) were cartoons! His first was published when he was 17; when he graduated from college, he produced a PBS children’s show called “Charlie’s Pad” which featured his visual art as well.

 

When he won the National Book Award (for MIDDLE PASSAGE) in 1990, he was only the second African-American to win this honor (Ralph Ellison’s INVISIBLE MAN being the first).

 

Asked about his study of Buddhism, Johnson said “I still have my roots in Christianity, but have a deep involvement in all forms of Asian thought and meditation. I meditate and I read the literature, and I do other related disciplines because it feels right for me…”

 

After five decades of writing, Johnson is not done: “I love the process of writing. I am at my fullest when I’m writing. I can think of no activity that brings so much of everything that I am—everything I’ve learned, everything I feel, all the techniques at my disposal—into one suspended moment that is the work of art. So it’s very exhausting when it’s working exactly right.”

 

(All quotes from the December 31st, 2016 edition of The Writer’s Workshop Review)

 

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Weekly Round Up: The Jeff Lieberman edition

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re going to take a closer look at Jeff Lieberman.

 

And ‘looking closely’ is a central idea in Jeff’s world. Here’s how he describes himself:

 

Jeff Lieberman explores the connections between the arts, sciences, education, creativity, and consciousness. He hosted ‘Time Warp’ on the Discovery Channel, reminding us how little our senses detect and understand about reality. He composes music in the duo Knolls. He shows sculptures internationally, exploring our unseen interconnectedness and interdependence. Having finished four degrees at MIT (Physics, Math, Mech. Eng., Media Arts + Sciences), he is exploring how the evolution of consciousness can cease human suffering.

 

Jeff’s desire to understand the universe, or at least understand what parts of reality are revealed to us, runs deep, as can be seen in this excellent TedX talk.

 

His most recent art installation, “The Life of Tree” (see video), is a kinetic sculpture that simulates a tree’s reflection in water; a metaphor for how all scientific theories are only a reflection of the underlying reality. Depending on the distortions of our theories, the reality is seen more or less clearly.

 

You can see videos of more of his kinetic work here.

 

Jeff’s DISCOVERY Channel show TIME WARP still pops up on Discovery and Science channels, and continues to be aired around the world. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a great sample!

 

In a world of increasing specialization, it’s reassuring to know there are still great minds working to integrate their understanding of physics, art, and the wider world like Jeff Lieberman.

 

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Weekly Round Up: The Paul Watson/March for the Oceans edition

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Happy Wednesday! This week, with the upcoming March for the Oceans in DC this weekend, let’s take a look at Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, who’ll be in DC.  With Paul’s international legal issues behind him, he has returned to our roster to speak out for the world’s oceans. A few things to know about Paul:

 

  • Founding member of Greenpeace, left when the organization rejected his call for direct action.
  • Founded the Sea Shepherd Society to take direct action against illegal whaling, baby seal harvesting, etc.
  • Japan is still trying to put him in jail for his successful campaign to end whaling in the Southern Ocean.
  • The campaigns were televised on ANIMAL PLANET’s “Whale Wars”.
  • Author of six books, including Earthforce! An Earth Warrior’s Guide to Strategy
  • Sank several whaling ships while anchored at port (no injuries) in Iceland.

 

Paul is the type of person who does more than talk the talk … he walks the walk.

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