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Roxane Gay speaks pay disparity in publishing
Roxane Gay and Saeed Jones talk about the pay disparity in publishing between men and women, and women of color and white women. "We're so desperate for the money," she said, that people might be too willing to take scraps.
After Words: Melissa Fleming, "A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea"
Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, discusses her book, "A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea", which recounts the journey of a young woman, Doaa Al Zamel, from Syria to Europe. Here's a portion of her conversation with Dr. Michel Gabaudan, President of Refugees International.
Omar Saif Ghobash, "Letters to a Young Muslim"
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia Omar Said Ghobash expresses his concerns with the current state of islam in his book, "Letters to a Young Muslim." Here is a portion of his conversation.
April Ryan, "At Mama's Knee"
American Urban Radio Network White House Correspondent April Ryan discusses her book, "At Mama's Knee" which examines the issues surrounding race and police shootings in America from the perspective of African American mothers on the frontlines in their communities.
Edwidge Danticat: 2016 National Book Festival
Edwidge Danticat discusses "Untwine" with Michael Oreskes from NPR at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Edwidge Danticat, born in Haiti, came to the United States when she was twelve years old and published her first written works in English two years later. Her short stories have appeared in more than twenty-five periodicals and have been anthologized several times. She was nominated for a National Book Award, and won a Pushcart Short Story Prize as well as many fiction awards from "The Caribbean Writer," "Seventeen" and "Essence" magazines. Her most recent book is the young adult novel "Untwine". Danticat currently lives in New York and teaches creative writing at New York University.
After Words with Julissa Arce, "My (Underground) American Dream"
Julissa Arce discusses her life in the U. S. as an undocumented immigrant in her book, "My (Underground) American Dream." She is interviewed by Doris Meissner, former Immigration & Naturalization Service Commissioner from 1993-2000.
An Evening of Lesbian Literature, Panel I
McCrary Bond feels that lesbian writing should address lesbianism as subject and she writes about "independent female sexuality and women independent from men."Kantrowitz notes that "When I came out as a lesbian and stopped caring what men thought of me I was able to write…something about that claiming of my own power made me also able to write about everything else in the world." Dorothy Allison says "Like most ofthe working class writers I know I juggle my life to survive. I'm doing a helluva lot better than at it than I've ever done. I intend to continue." And that she "write(s) for people who get the joke." Finally, Breedlove comments that she cannot separate the personal from the politicalofand that she writes for African American lesbian women and for the people that are difficult to reach. She then sings and reads a poem 'The New Miss Praise The Lord"" from her book.
Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of Bessie Margolin
Marlene Trestman discussed her book "Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin."
Speaker Biography: Marlene Trestman is a former special assistant to the Maryland attorney general, where she started her 30-year legal career in 1982. She has taught law at Loyola University of Maryland's Sellinger School of Business & Management, where she earned her MBA. A former trustee of Goucher College, she currently serves on the board of Goucher's Prison Education Partnership.
The effect of migration on the countries that have received migrants
Sir Steve Smith argues that the perceived negative consequences of migration have had an overwhelmingly negative impact on politics. Globalization has created winners and losers, and the losers blame migrants for their problems.
Sir Steve Smith is co-editor of The Globalization of World Politics. He is Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter.
Jessica Bennett: "Feminist Fight Club" | Talks at Google
Jessica Bennett is an award-winning journalist and critic who writes on gender issues, sexuality and culture. She is a feature writer and columnist at the New York Times and a contributing editor at LeanIn.Org, the nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg, where she is the cofounder and curator of the Lean In Collection - a partnership with Getty Images to change the way women are depicted in stock photography. At some point she founded a real-life feminist fight club, which led her to write the book "Feminist Fight Club".
At Google, she discusses how she got to write the book, what modern feminism is about, and gives practical tips on how to hear women's voices more. With a focus on the workplace, she encourages both women and men to have the necessary conversations, even if they are tricky, and how humor can help to approach them.
Zachary Roth, "The Great Suppression"
MSNBC digital reporter Zachary Roth examines what impact legal rulings on campaign finance laws and redistricting is having on voting in America. His book is "The Great Suppression: Voting Rights Corporate Cash and the Conservative Assault on Democracy."
Charles Baxter Discusses His Early Life and Career
Charles Baxter is widely celebrated as a master of the short story form, for which he has won numerous awards. His collection, There's Something I Want You to Do (2015), was a finalist for the 2016 Story Prize. Baxter's bestselling novel The Feast of Love (2000) was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Amos Oz with Jonathan Wilson
Amos Oz, the legendary Israeli writer, returns to 92Y with his most powerful novel in decades. Join him for a reading of JUDAS — the winner of the International Literature Prize, and his first full-length work since the bestselling A Tale of Love and Darkness.
Insane Clown President: Matt Taibbi Chronicles Election
As a new study by Oxfam finds the world's eight richest men control as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity, the group says it is concerned that wealth inequality will continue to grow following the election of Donald Trump, whose Cabinet members have a combined wealth of nearly $11 billion. We look at the rise of Trump, and those joining his administration, with award-winning Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi. His new book comes out today, titled "Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus."
Snakes and Such Rain Taxi Winter Online Edition 2016-17
Assigned to review Ted Levin's America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake (University of Chicago Press), our intrepid reviewer Michael Swingen instead made a 30-minute film about the book, the author, and the process of reviewing.