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Environmental Activist/Biologist Sandra Steingraber – a closer look

Happy Wednesday! As part of our focus on our most-requested speakers for Spring 2020, we’re going to take a closer look at biologist/activist Sandra Steingraber.      The Sierra Club declared that Dr. Steingraber was “the new Rachel Carson”. That’s quite a reputation to live up to! But because of her scholarship, her writing, and her …

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Daisy Hernandez- Journalist, Memoirist, Author Daisy Hernandez- a closer look

Happy Wednesday! For the next few weeks, we’re going to review the speakers everyone’s asking us about for their Spring 2020 events!   This week, we’re going to take a closer look at journalist/memoirist/creative writing professor Daisy Hernández! Describing her newest publication, Daisy notes “ with my comadre, the author Bushra Rehman, I co-edited the …

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Environmental Justice scholar/activist Robert Bullard – a closer look

Happy Wednesday!  We’re going to use the next few weeks to highlight speakers on topics and issues of interest to people planning Spring 2020 events; especially folks planning for the King holiday, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and/or Earth Day.   This week, we’re taking a closer look at Dr. Robert Bullard, the ‘father …

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STEM Activist Christine McKinley – a closer look

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re going to take a closer look at Christine McKinley! Christine is a mechanical engineer running her own engineering firm and managing industrial and commercial construction projects… but that hardly scratches the surface of her experiences and interests! She has also hosted two television shows: Under New York on the History …

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Annie Leonard – Greenpeace USA Executive Director/Story of Stuff creator- a closer look

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re taking a closer look at Annie Leonard, the founder of the Story of Stuff Project. Annie Leonard is a tireless fighter for the environment and a longtime leader in the movement to change the way we make, use, and throw away Stuff. She has been the Executive Director of Greenpeace …

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Lilly Ledbetter, Equal Pay Activist – a closer look

Happy Wednesday! This week we’re taking a closer look at equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter!   The best explanation of what happened to Lilly at Goodyear comes from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s dissenting opinion in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear:   “Lilly Ledbetter was a supervisor at Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, …

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Daisy Hernandez – The early reviews for COLONIZE THIS 2nd Ed. are in!

Happy Wednesday! This week’s blog is focusing on the early praise we’re seeing for Daisy Hernandez’s new edition of her classic collection of feminist essays COLONIZE THIS!   One of “18 Books Every White Ally Should Read” —Bustle   One of “19 Books on Intersectionality that Taylor Swift Should Read” —BuzzFeed   One of “13 …

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Environmental/Community Leader Vien Truong – a closer look

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re going to take a closer look at environmental/community leader 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 …

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History of Marriage Historian Stephanie Coontz – a closer look

Happy Wednesday! This week, we are going to take a closer look at Dr. Stephanie Coontz, an historian who is one of America’s leading authorities on the history of the institution of marriage. Her views are insightful, provocative, and based on years of solid academic scholarship. You may say to yourself “but marriage has been …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Open Letter to NASA’

Happy Wednesday ! This week, in a departure from form, we’re re-printed Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s open letter to NASA: https://www.facebook.com/notes/neil-degrasse-tyson/an-open-letter-to-nasa/10157454721411613/ An Open Letter To NASA Neil deGrasse Tyson·Sunday, July 21, 2019·Reading time: 5 minutes Dear NASA, Perhaps you didn’t know, but we’re the same age. In the first week of October 1958, you were born …

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