A Closer Look at – Shola Lynch, Filmmaker and Scholar

Happy Wednesday! This week we’re talking a closer look at documentary filmmaker Shola Lynch. Shola was quite accomplished in a number of areas before becoming a filmmaker. For instance, she was a member of the Sesame Street cast as a child! As she got older, she also became a nationally-ranked track star in high school, …Read More

Take a Closer Look: Charles C. Mann

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re taking a closer look at science/history journalist and author Charles C. Mann. Charles C. Mann is the author of 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, a New York Times bestseller, and 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, which won the US National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Award …Read More

A Closer Look at author/scholar Charles Johnson

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

Weekly Update: A Closer Look at Arn Chorn Pond

Happy Wednesday! Today, we’re taking a closer look at Cambodian cultural ambassador/human rights activist Arn Chorn Pond. Arn Chorn Pond survived the Cambodian “Killing Fields” genocide in the 70’s.  By learning to play an instrument in the concentration camp, Arn was spared execution because he and his fellow musicians played music to mask the sounds …Read More

A Closer Look at – Community/Environmental Activist Vien Truong

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re going to take a closer look at environmental activist Vien Truong Vien Truong learned two things as a child: Climate change affects us all, and some people suffer more than others.   When her family arrived in the Bay Area as refugees from war-ravaged Vietnam, her parents didn’t speak English …Read More

Weekly Blog: Taking a closer look at Lateefah Simon

Happy Wednesday! Today, we’re taking a closer look at civil rights/human rights champion Lateefah Simon! A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice, Lateefah has over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities. Raised in San Francisco, Lateefah began organizing at age 15 for the Center …Read More

Take a Closer Look – Steven Strogatz

Happy Wednesday! We’re back from holiday break and ready to start a new year. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at mathematician/author/New York Times contributor Dr. Steven Strogatz Steven Strogatz is an applied mathematician who works in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, often on topics inspired by the curiosities of …Read More

Take a closer look at: Dr. Margaret Lowman (“Canopy Meg”)

Happy Wednesday!  This week, we’re taking a closer look at the woman they call “Canopy Meg” – Dr. Margaret Lowman. Nicknamed the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by Wall Street Journal, Meg Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For over 30 years, she has designed hot-air balloons and walkways …Read More