Weekly Round Up: Spencer Overton, Charles Johnson, Bob Reiss

Happy Wednesday! Let’s see what our speakers are up to this week –


A great leader in the African American community recently passed. Eddie N. Williams founded the Joint Center for Political and Economy Studies, the first African American “think tank”. Spencer Overton, the current head of the center, said “Today as the Joint Center tackles with challenges like the impact of automation on jobs in the African-American community when we focus on the lack of diversity among top staff on the Hill, we’re guided by Eddie’s model.”


In a recent interview, Charles Johnson discusses his new book. The Way of the Writer gathers the most important lessons and tips that the novelist and philosopher has learned over the past 40 years.


Journalist Bob Reiss is about to begin a month long writing residency at the Anchorage Museum, “looking at the fight over the fate of an area of Arctic that environmentalists call the American Serengeti, and oil companies consider a holy grail of supply.” A complex story – and we look forward to reading Bob’s thoughts on the subject.


And those are the stories for this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!