Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade
The modern-day slave trade is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, enslaving more than 30 million individuals today. Slavery is wrapped up in almost every industry’s supply chain, tainting the food we eat, the clothes we buy and the electronics we love.
Combating this $32 billion-dollar-a-year industry takes enormous effort as well as a large framework of diligent abolitionists. David Batstone offers an inspiring and detailed look at the efforts of modern-day abolitionists and multiple pathways for getting involved, whether that means volunteer opportunities or simply shopping with social justice in mind.
Voice of the Orcas
John Jett, PhD. and Jeffrey Ventre, MD.
Dr. John Jett and Dr. Jeffrey Ventre met at SeaWorld, where they worked together as marine mammal trainers for a combined twelve years. Working and performing directly with killer whales in a marine park, they witnessed the unhealthy and inhumane conditions that orcas are kept in, and the risky interactions that have led to the deaths of several of their human trainers.
Sarah Stuteville & Alex Stonehill
The Human Face of Immigration
Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill are international journalists who have covered the US immigration system for over a decade. They use real stories to put a human face on the immigration debate, and are the creators of the documentary, Barzan, the story of one man’s being accused of terrorism and subsequent deportation.
The Twilight Series: Native Image and Myth
Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is often asked whether she’s on Team Edward or Team Jacob. The answer is neither: when young women are asked to choose between a Native character who transforms into a savage wolf and an alabaster vampire with endless wealth, everyone loses. Elissa Washuta’s hard-hitting talk points out some of the many issues related to the depiction of Native peoples in Twilight and why misrepresentation matters.
The Atheist Next Door
As a rotating host and regular contributor to The Atheist Experience and The Non-Prophets, Russell Glasser has spent around fifteen years publicly debating with believers of all stripes. During this time he’s answered all the questions and heard all the misconceptions about atheists, such as: “Why do you hate God?” “If you don’t believe in God, then who created the world?” “Aren’t you afraid you’ll go to hell?” “How can you understand the difference between right and wrong without a God? What’s stopping you from going on a crime spree right now?”
M. Nicole Nazzaro
Create Your Wellness Playbook: Stay Healthy in College and in Life
M. Nicole Nazzaro – author, Olympics sports journalist, and wellness success story – offers a message of hope for those who want to stay healthy in an unhealthy world. After losing her father to heart disease, the number-one killer of Americans, when she was a college sophomore, Nicole Nazzaro embarked on a successful sportswriting career without realizing that she was making the same health mistakes as her father.
Dr. Terrence Roberts
Lessons from Little Rock
All the seats at the hamburger joint were reserved for white patrons, so 13 year old Terrence Roberts ordered food to go. While waiting, he impulsively sat down at the counter and then realized a hush had fallen over the place. Suddenly everyone seemed to be looking at him threateningly. He canceled his order and left. As he walked home, Roberts remembers wondering “what it would take for (him) to be treated like a real human being.”
Two years later, in 1957, he volunteered to be one of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ who desegregated Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Sex Diaries Project on Campus
What’s really going on behind closed doors on your campus?
Arianne Cohen spent six years collecting 3,500 anonymous seven-day sex diaries from people all over North America and the world – including college towns. In The Sex Diaries Project On Campus, she takes you on a tantalizing tour through the sometimes shocking, always entertaining real diaries of college students, creating a compelling portrait of sex and sexuality on campus today that will forever change how you look at relationships.
Rebekka Armstrong Featured in POZ Magazine
Rebekka Armstrong’s highly informational, entertaining and powerful take on sex education is highlighted in POZ Magazine.
- 08/24/2015 Elissa Washuta’s student’s launch new journal
Loung Ung’s work to be adapted for Netflix by Angelina Jolie
Author and activist Loung Ung survived the Cambodian Genocide as a child. Now her internationally recognized memoir ‘First They Killed My Father’ is going to be adapted for film by Netflix and Angelina Jolie. Oscar-winning actress Jolie Pitt, who directed 2014’s Unbroken, read Ung’s book, which was published in 2000, and the two became close friends.
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” Jolie Pitt says in a statement accompanying the Netflix announcement. “It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.”
Announcing Crash Course Astronomy
It is a fun and informative lesson in astronomy written and hosted by Phil Plait, made possible by a recently announced partnership between Crash Course and PBS Digital Studios. Watch the current episodes on Phil’s speaker video page. New episodes of the series are posted on every Thursday on YouTube.
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