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Jeff Stibel’s BREAKPOINT is a New York Times Best Seller!

Congratulations to Jeff Stibel on Breakpoint: Why the Web will Implode, Search will be Obsolete, and Everything Else you Need to Know about Technology is in Your Brain becoming a New York Times Best Seller. Check out Jeff’s piece in WIRED on how Facebook and other networks of networks can avoid a long a painful death.  His fascinating work on the intersection of the brain, biology and technology has also been featured in Forbes (What CEOs can learn from Reindeer) at Mashable (How ant colonies foreshadow the future of Facebook) and elsewhere.

Insightful reporting on fracking by Elizabeth Royte

Elizabeth Royte has been doing some fantastic work on fracking and its myriad potential consequences.  Check out her cover story in The Nation on the effects of fracking on our food supply, and this cautionary tale at OnEarth Magazine on the profound divisions and uncertainty that the prospect of deep drilling has caused in an Amish community in Pennsylvania.

Great profiles of Gustavo Arellano and Taco USA

Gustavo Arellano is the subject of this New York Times profile focusing on his new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, about that country’s cuisine’s influence on America’s culture and economy.  And, this cover story from the June issue of Reason, written by Gustavo himself, takes it a step further, addressing the nature of assimilation and detailing how Mexican food became more American than apple pie.

Liza Donnelly’s commentary in Forbes

Check out New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly‘s incisive commentary in Forbes on politics, gender and the politics of gender — particularly this piece on Social Media and Generational Shift In The War on Women, highlighting the real-time nature of political movements in our culture, and the tangible effects that social media can have on our society.

“Separate, But Equal” wins the HBO Best Documentary award at Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival

Congratulations to Shawn D. Wilson and Ilyana Kadushin, the filmmakers behind the documentary “Separate, But Equal”, which explores the lost history of Greenville, MS in the 1950s-60s — an all black, separate-but-equal community, and asks a most provocative question about desegregation: “Did we lose more than we gained?” Check out the trailer.

Two excellent pieces from Michael A. Cohen on Politics and American Leadership

Check out Michael A. Cohen’s two recent pieces addressing the Dysfunction at the Heart of American Politics (Guardian/Observer), and the Best and Worst Foreign Policy Presidents of the Past Century (The Atlantic).  Michael’s lectures on our broken political system and what’s at stake in the 2012 election cycle are ideal complements to any university’s campus dialogue.

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National Geographic names Saleem Ali one of their Emerging Explorers for 2010

Congratulations to Saleem Ali, named as one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers for 2010!  The program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists, photographers and storytellers making a significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration while still early in their careers.

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Emily Liebert and Facebook Fairytales featured on the “Today Show”

Check out this video clip from the “Today Show” featuring Emily Liebert and some of the people whose stories comprise Emily’s book, Facebook Fairytales: Modern-Day Miracles to Inspire the Human Spirit, which examines the positive power and untapped potential of  social networking, beginning with 25 true stories of hope and triumph.

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Gustavo Arellano chosen to deliver UCLA commencement address

UCLA has selected Gustavo Arellano to keynote its commencement ceremony in June, specifically for his “[exploration of] today’s issues of diversity and ethnicity with incisive commentary and a sharp wit that punches holes in traditional thinking about race and stereotypes.”  Congratulations, Gustavo!!!

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Brandon Friedman profiled in Washington Post piece about VA’s social media outreach

Check out this Washington Post profile of Brandon Friedman, and his efforts spearheading the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new approach to engaging Vets via social and emerging media platforms.

Saleem H. Ali on what we “know” about our (nuclear) energy future

Listen to Saleem Ali, author of Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future, on Vermont Public Radio’s Commentary series, discussing the difference between “believing” and “knowing,” and what they have to do with our (nuclear) energy future.

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A lesson in global interconnectedness from Andrew Leonard at “How the World Works”

Check out Andrew Leonard’s fascinating 3/24 “How the World Works” column at Salon.com, which looks at the recycled paper market and cardboard poaching activity, in particular, as counter-intuitive global economic indicators.

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William C. Rhoden on Diversity and Leadership in the NFL and society

Check out Bill Rhoden’s great 12/23 column in the New York Times on the relationship between the NFL and the Fritz Pollard Alliance — the organization, named after the NFL’s first African-American head coach, that advocates for minority coaches and has guided them to top positions in the league.  In his lecture  “From the Locker Room to the Class Room: Lessons in Teamwork and Leadership for a Diverse Society,” as in his columns, Bill explores the issue of race in sports and society, and turns “sports” stories into lessons on ethics, power, (in)equality, and personal responsibility.

Andrew Leonard takes on CO2 deniers at “How the World Works”

Check out Andrew Leonard’s brilliant piece, “How to lie about climate change,” in which he takes on the burgeoning CO2 denial movement, and systematically dispatches the (well-funded) lies.  And, please dig into “How the World Works” at Salon.com for Andrew’s unique coverage and commentary on the Economy, Energy Policy, the Environment, Health Care, Globalization and much more.

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World TV Premiere of “Darius Goes West” on MTV2 & mtvU, Sunday 9/27!

“Darius Goes West,” the multi-award-winning documentary directed by Logan Smalley, will finally receive its world television premiere on MTV2 and mtvU, this Sunday, September 27th (MTV2: Noon EST | mtvU: 6:00 pm EST)! Tune in to see how courage, idealism and creativity can produce both an epic adventure, and tangible progress toward a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  And, please watch this video clip entitled “Lessons from the Big Fat Road,” which introduces the lecture component of Logan’s “Darius Goes West” lecture/film presentation.

Jeffrey M. Stibel’s “Wired for Thought” in bookstores!

In Jeff Stibel’s fascinating and groundbreaking new book, Wired for Thought: How the Brain Is Shaping the Future of the Internet, the brain scientist and entrepreneur demonstrates  how the Internet has effectively replicated the human brain outside the body, and how the future of business lies in leveraging the understanding of these similarly complex networks.  Check out Jeff’s blog at HarvardBusiness.org, for his unique take on succeeding in (spite of) the current economic climate.

Joe Drape’s “Our Boys” is a ‘New York Times’ Best Seller!

Congratulations to Joe Drape, whose book Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen debuted this week at #26 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Seller List!  Check out video of Joe on “The Today Show” discussing the book, an inspiring story of leadership, teamwork and the extraordinary high school football team whose quest for perfection sustains its hometown in the heartland.  Read an excerpt of Our Boys in Sports Illustrated.

Melody Moezzi: a brave and eloquent voice on Iran, and human and women’s rights

Melody Moezzi is a brave new voice on human and women’s rights, and the plight of the Iranian people.  Her appearances on CNN in the wake of Iran’s June elections captivated thousands, and her book, War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, was recently chosen as required reading for incoming students at the University of Dayton.  Check out her latest NPR commentary and Huffington Post columns on Iran.

“Darius Goes West” honored by Do Something!, MTV & Doritos, and will air on MTV in September.

“Darius Goes West,” the multi-award-winning documentary directed by Logan Smalley, recently was honored by Do Something!, MTV & Doritos.  In addition to “DGW” airing on MTV2 and MTVU in September, and MTV donating $10,000 to Charley’s Fund (combating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), Darius Weems, the subject of the film, will be featured on bags of Doritos throughout the year.  Please check back here in the coming months for more information.

Tom Philpott on what the financial collapse can teach us about our (imperilled) food system

Check out Tom Philpott’s piece at Grist.org on what the economic collapse and the over-leveraging of our financial institutions can teach us about our increasingly one-dimensional, profit-driven, industrial food system.

Joan Garry on the Proposition 8 ruling and its impact on (all) families

Check out what Joan Garry, former Executive Director of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), has to say about the Prop 8 decision, its impact on society, and its subversion of the Bill of Rights.

William Lobdell’s “Losing My Religion” gets a rave in the ‘New York Times Book Review’

The New York Times Book Review gives a rave to William Lobdell’s new book Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America — and Found Unexpected Peace.  From the review… “There are many great books about finding God. But there are far fewer books, great or otherwise, about finding and then losing God.  So Losing My Religion, by William Lobdell, a former religion writer for The Los Angeles Times, feels powerfully fresh.”

Andrew Leonard’s economic coverage and commentary — “How the World Works” at Salon.com

Check out Andrew Leonard’s outstanding ongoing coverage of the Economy, the stimulus debate and globalization at “How the World Works,” his hybrid column/blog at Salon.com.

Brandon Friedman in The Huffington Post on the way forward in Afghanistan

Read Brandon Friedman‘s two-part series in The Huffington Post on the way forward in Afghanistan — taking into account the Afghan people’s perceptions, our need to continue to legitimize our presence there, and the troop levels we must maintain in order to see progress.

Raymond Fisman in Newsweek on how President Obama should stand up to corruption

Read Raymond Fisman’s article in the Jan 26th issue of Newsweek on making a clean break from a culture of corruption, and how overlooking even small lapses such as Timothy Geithner’s can set a dangerous precedent.

Plenty magazine names Elizabeth Royte’s Bottlemania one of the Top 10 Green Books of 2008

More plaudits for Elizabeth Royte’s Bottlemania, as Plenty magazine names it one of the Top 10 Green Books of 2008.

Bottlemania named one of EW’s 10 Best of 2008.

Elizabeth Royte’s Bottlemania: How Water Went On Sale and Why We Bought It was named one of 10 Non-fiction “Must Reads” by Entertainment Weekly in its “Best (and Worst) of 2008″ issue.