Past Madison, WI Event: VOL 13

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Growing Up Black in Britian vs. America

@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

A British-born, Chicago-based journalist, Gary Younge has written four books and has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from the Tea Party to hip-hop culture. After several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean, he was appointed The Guardian’s New York correspondent. In 2009, he won the James Cameron Award for the “combined moral vision and professional integrity” of his coverage of the Obama campaign.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 14, 2015.

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The Young 1960s

@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

Founder and editor of the New Left journal Radical America, Paul Buhle is the authorized biographer of C.L.R. James, William Appleman Williams, Abraham Polonsky, and Harvey Kurtzman. Since 2005, he has edited a dozen nonfiction comic art volumes, including comic adaptations of books by Howard Zinn and Studs Terkel, and Lincoln for Beginners. He has been active in social movements since 1960 and has contributed to The Nation since 1980.

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Public Schools vs. Corporate Education

@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

Editor in chief of The Progressive. A native of Madison, Ruth Conniff has been at The Progressive since her days as an intern. She has also written for The Nation and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, PBS, and MSNBC. She was the recipient of an “Editor’s Choice” award from Madison Magazine for her coverage of the Wisconsin Uprising in 2011. Her Progressive magazine feature story on school privatization is a chapter in the book It Happened in Wisconsin (Verso, 2012).

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American History and Present Day

@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

Special assistant to the publisher at The Nation, Richard Kreitner edits The Almanac, The Nation’s this-day-in-history blog, and writes the weekly Back Issues feature in the front of the magazine. He has also contributed reviews and essays on the American war in Vietnam, The New Republic’s centennial anthology, and Section 2 of the 14th Amendment. As a teenager, he was once expelled from a summer-study program in Madison after a regrettable misunderstanding about the definition of drug paraphernalia. He holds no grudge against the city.

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Racial Justice and the Climate Crisis

@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

With over three decades of organizing experience with unions, students, and grassroots organizations, activist-in-residence at Havens Center for Social Justice, Bill Gallegos discusses the complexities of climate change's affect on racial justice. He shares his some of his experiences in achieving environmental programs that ensure low-income communities and communities of color receive the health, environmental, and economic benefits of sound environmental policy.

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Center for Media & Democracy

@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

Deputy director and managing editor at the Center for Media and Democracy Mary Bottari helped launch the Center for Media and Democracy’s award-winning “ALEC Exposed” investigation. She has spearheaded the center’s work on the financial crisis and the painfully slow recovery. Previously, she worked for 10 years at Public Citizen as a senior analyst on trade, financial services, and food safety. Bottari worked in Washington for US Senator Russ Feingold and in the Wisconsin State Senate for Lynn Adelman. Her favorite Wisconsin cheese is Pleasant Ridge Reserve. Here she shares ways the Center for Media and Democracy is working for American citizens.

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Learning to Fail Better

@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

Co-president of the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association, Eleni Schirmer talks about insights gained from mistakes made in a recent political showdown in the Wisconsin capitol. She shares how the situation sparked tough questions about how to challenge and overcome social inequalities and how social movements impact public education.

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Reclaiming the Moral Frame

@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

Wisconsin state representative of the 11th Assembly District, Mandela Barnes serves as the ranking Democrat on the Assembly Committee on Corrections and will also serve on the Assembly Committees on Education, Small Business Development, and Jobs and the Economy. He is the chair of the Legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus. Barnes graduated from John Marshall High School and attended Alabama A&M University, before returning to Milwaukee in 2009. Here he delivers an impassioned presentation on morality in America. 

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9 Ways to Move America Forward

@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

Editor and publisher of The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel is a frequent commentator on American and international politics for ABC, MSNBC, CNN, and PBS. She writes a weekly web column for The Washington Post and is the author of The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in the Age of Obama. She serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Campaign for America’s Future, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Nation Institute, the Roosevelt Institute, and the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy. Here she delivers a presentation about American Progressivism 

Ruth Conniff
Editor In Chief, The Progressive in Madison, WI
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Editor & Publisher, The Nation
Gary Younge
Columnist, The Nation & The Guardian in Chicago, IL
Richard Kreitner
Special Assistant to the Publisher, The Nation
John Nichols
Washington, D.C. Correspondent, The Nation in Madison, WI
Mandela Barnes
State Representative, Wisconsin State Assembly in Milwaukee, WI
Mary Bottari
Deputy Director & Managing Editor, Center for Media & Democracy in Madison, WI
Bill Gallegos
Activist-in-Residence, Havens Center for Social Justice
Eleni Schirmer
PhD Student, Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction in Madison, WI
Paul Buhle
Founder & Editor of Radical America