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Weekly Round Up: Football and the Farm Bill

We are gearing up for the NACA 2014 Conference right here in our home city of Boston! We look forward to seeing everyone there!   We hope that everyone enjoyed the Super Bowl! Congratulations to our friends in Seattle and condolences to our friends in Denver!   Be sure to check out NPR’s sit-down with

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Weekly Round Up: NFL Helmet Bans and Tips for Getting Your Life in Order

Already 2 weeks down in 2014 – be strong and stick to those resolutions! Here’s what our speakers have been up to thus far in the new year.   In the Memphis Flyer, Susan Douglas publishes a scathing condemnation of right-wing political spending.  “Among the many visionary goals of our nation’s right wing — impoverish

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Weekly Round Up: 2013 in Voting Rights, Science Reads, and Wine

Last blog of 2013!   With a little help from Steven Strogatz at the New York Times, Annalee Newitz at io9 puzzles through the mystery and consistency of Zipf’s law, formulated by a linguist in 1949, which accurately predicts rank and frequency, power and size relations in everything from languages to cities to bodies.  She

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Weekly Round Up: Black Geniuses and the Feminist Police

Rinku Sen observes the passing of Nelson Mandela, the distortion of his legacy, and the lessons for racial justice activists.  If you’d prefer good news, Rinku Sen comes through for you again in this video which compiles 10 wins for racial justice in 2013.   Crosscut talks to Dr. Charles Johnson and his daughter Elisheba Johnson about their collaboration on Emery Jones:

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Weekly Round Up! Campaign Contributions and the Divine Random Bounce of the Prolate Spheroid.

National Book Award winning author Charles Johnson, in collaboration with his daughter, has released the first in a series of children’s science books aimed at 3rd-5th graders, which is distinct in featuring African Americans as main characters.  Illustrated by Charles Johnson himself, the Adventures of Emery Jones: Boy Wonder explores what it’s like to be

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Weekly Round Up: Sports Camp Redux!

The Sierra Club confers its highest honor, the John Muir Award, upon the “Father of Environmental Justice,” Dr. Robert Bullard, to whom we offer our enthusiastic congratulations.  Possibly the first African American to receive this award, Bullard notes, “it is highly unlikely that I could have been a member of the Sierra Club in my

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Weekly Round Up: Kathleen Hanna Reigns Supreme!

The entire internet is abuzz covering Kathleen Hanna and her latest release, Run Fast, with her band The Julie Ruin.  New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, SPIN, Village Voice, AV Club, and so many more. Here’s Entertainment Weekly on the new documentary about her, The Punk Singer.   We extend our warmest congratulations

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