Posts Tagged ‘Spencer Overton’

Weekly Roundup: Dr. Robert Bullard, Ted Conover, Spencer Overton

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Hope everyone is having a great week! Check out the latest news from a few of our awesome change-makers:


Big congratulations this week to the Father of Environmental Justice, Dr. Robert Bullard – winner of not one but TWO awards: The American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Environment, Energy, and Resources Stewardship, and the Iowa State University Alumni Association, Alumni Merit Award. Thank you so much for all your great work!


Check out Ted Conover’s investigation into the “vanishing breed of the country vet” in which he explores how changes in agriculture have changed everything for the country veterinarian business, and the importance of keeping it alive.


As we gear up for the next presidential election, President of The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Spencer Overton celebrates all his hard work to build “a stable foundation, a growing and committed team and a bright future” for the center. Read about what he has to say in this article from The Louisiana Weekly!


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


Trending Now: Spencer Overton, Dan Moldea, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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


Spencer Overton says we need vision and solutions for the critical topic of racially charged violence in his response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book on the topic.


As we near the 40th anniversary of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance, investigative journalist in organized crime and political corruption Dan Moldea gives his expert analysis of the unsolved mystery in this interview with MSNBC


Check out a brief history of everything featuring Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson!


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Trending Now: Spencer Overton, Michael Tubbs, Jeffrey Simon

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Ready for some spectacular news?! Political aficionado, Spencer Overton, has recently been appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans.


A round of applause to the devote community organizer of Stockton, California and muse of documentary True SonMichael Tubbs, who has been accepted into Stanford’s Design School Fellowship. Check out the talk he had with Google about the documentary based off of his life and accomplishments, True Son


Terrorism expert, Jeffrey Simon, has been featured on CNN as a guest speaker upon the subject matter of female terrorists rapidly rising throughout the nation.


Congrats to the fascinating author of A Cup of Water Under my BedDaisy Hernández, on receiving a phenomenal review from Booklist and writer Diego Báez. Read the excerpt of this bang-up review on her website. 


Join Enrique Morones and his organization Border Angels, on August 21st, as they visit Holtville Cemetery— “a location of where 700 unidentified migrants are buried.” It is an educational and communal experience.


What an eventful week! Sandra Steingraber, advocate for anti-fracking, has extensively updated her website. Novel updates include sections on fracking and civil disobedience as well as current event listings about upcoming public appearances.




Don’t forget to like her book’s page Raising Elijah on Facebook  for constant updates on her fight against fracking.


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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!


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.


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


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 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!


Weekly Round Up – State of the Union and more!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Good afternoon!


We start off with a quick reminder that President Obama will deliver the State of the Union Address this evening. The address is scheduled to begin at 9PM.  Look for fierce crusader and client,  Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, who will be in attendance!


We are very encouraged by President Obama and Vice President Biden’s recent announcement that they will be forming a task force to address the very real problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The White House Council on Women and Girls report, entitled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,” found that 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been victims of sexual assaults. The Obama Administration needs to be commended for keeping this issue at the forefront of our national conversation.


Now let’s take a look at what some of our other speakers have been up to this past week…


First, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest client, filmmaker Shola Lynch!


Less than two months to go until the March 9th premiere of the new Cosmos series on Fox! Check out Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s chat with ADWEEK in which he describes his first taste of the universe: “When you’re a New Yorker, there is no night sky,” he says. “You’ll see the moon, maybe a planet or two, but there’s no relationship with the night sky. So, I saw my first night sky at age 9 at the Hayden Planetarium. And it was so compelling and so much of a kind of mental baptism that I thought it was a hoax. But that was it—that was the night the universe chose me to study it.”


Eco-warrior Emily Hunter has been hard at work on her latest documentary series entitled “Activism 2.0”.  The first installment of the new series focuses on the group “The Black Fish”.  You can see a clip from the film here.


Surfing for Change activist Kyle Thiermann rides some giant swells and continues to spread his environmental message at the Mavericks Invitational in Half Moon Bay, CA.


On NPR’s Tell Me More, Spencer Overton and Heritage Sr. Legal Fellow John Malcolm have a lively discussion on the Voting Rights Amendment Act and the Presidential Commission on Election Administration Proposals.


Evil Dead and Burn Notice star, Bruce Campbell, talks with the Columbian about his appreciation for conventions like this past weekend’s Wizard World Portland Comic Con, which have opened up fan access to celebrities.  “When I was a kid, I didn’t have any place to go to meet my heroes,” Campbell said. “Baseball did some of that early on (with signing and card trading events) but the comic con and pop culture stuff – that came later.”


Dr. Robert Bullard pens a piece for Op Ed News explaining “Why Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security Must Be a National Priority”.


Finally, we leave you on a comical note – head over to Forbes to check out Liza Donnelly’s interview with Kate Clinton as a part of her series on ‘Professionally Funny Women’.


Have a great week and be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!



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,” 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!!