Weekly Round Up: The Manhattanhenge Edition

Happy Wednesday! This week, we have a guest blogger -Neil deGrasse Tyson describes … Manhattanhenge Sunset looking down 34th Street. One of two days when the sunset is exactly aligned with the grid of streets in Manhattan. Copyright © 2001, Neil deGrasse Tyson by Neil deGrasse Tyson, © 2001-2018 What will future civilizations think of Manhattan …Read More

Weekly Round Up: The Immigration Edition

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 …Read More

Weekly Round Up: The Charles Johnson edition

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 …Read More

Weekly Round Up: The Jeff Lieberman edition

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 …Read More

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

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 …Read More

Weekly Round Up: The Science Edition

Happy Wednesday! This week we’re going to take a few peeks at what our science-related speakers are up to these days.   Sandra Steingraber’s environmental research and activism are the focus of the new documentary UNFRACTURED… Daniel H. Wilson’s book ROBOPOCALYPSE is in film development, with Spielberg producing, Michael Bay directing … Michael Mann’s climate …Read More

Weekly Round Up: The Arn Chorn Pond edition

Happy Wednesday! The upcoming Memorial Day holiday reminds us that the world is filled with violent conflict.  Let’s see what one of our speakers has done much to counter the violence.   Arn Chorn Pond survived the Cambodian “Killing Fields” genocide in the 70’s.  By learning to play an instrument in the concentration camp, Arn …Read More

Weekly Round Up: New Work from David Quammen, Daisy Hernandez, Ian Cheney

Happy Wednesday! Who’s got projects in the pipeline these days?   David Quammen’s new book, The Tangled Tree, offers a radical new understanding of ‘The Tree of Life’, and how molecular biology has changed our understanding of evolution, viruses, and the implications for human health. “One of those rare breed of science journalists who blends …Read More