Expert Extra #11: Dr. Stephanie Andrea Allen on the difference between Black and POC, black lesbian writers, and why we need to work harder at finding these voices

September 8, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Dr. Stephanie Andrea Allen, a native Southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, editor of Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction and Solace: Writing Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color, and the founder of BLF Press, an independent Black feminist press dedicated to amplifying the work of women of color. She helps us understand the difference between "Black" and "Person of Color" and how being Black in America is different from being any other POC, the importance of Black lesbian voices, and why we all need to work harder to locate and listen to these voices, along with some reading recommendations.

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Expert Extra #10: Chuck Wendig on resistance and writing

August 11, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features New York Times best-selling author Chuck Wendig, who is also known for his blog terribleminds.com. We discuss how writing is an act of resistance, the problem with silencing writers' voices, the value of community for writers, and "ways to stay motivated in this shit-shellacked era of epic stupid."

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Expert Extra #9: Teaching Tolerance senior editor Monita Bell on social justice advocacy in schools

July 28, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Monita Bell, senior editor at Teaching Tolerance and author of Getting Hair "Fixed": Black Power, Transvaluation and Hair Politics. We discuss the definition of 'social justice', why social justice advocacy in schools is important, and what teachers, parents, and even older students can do.

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Expert Extra #8: Melissa Reed, CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone

July 14, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Melissa Reed, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone. We discuss the challenges to women if the GOP repeals the #ACA, what Planned Parenthood does and what defunding actually means, plus how Planned Parenthood Keystone is fighting back on a regional level and what you can do to help.

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Expert Extra #7: Dr. Jenni Levy, MD, on current health insurance, the GOP’s plans, and how things might change for you

June 30, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Dr. Jenni Levy, a board-certified physician with specialties in internal medicine, hospice, and palliative medicine, who provides a medical doctor's perspective on how health insurance works now and how it might change if the GOP gets its way. We talk about caps and pre-existing conditions, what it means that the American Medical Association has come out against the Republican healthcare plan, and who should be worried.

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Expert Extra #6: Heather Lopes discusses the therapist on Big Little Lies

June 14, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Heather Lopes, a licensed professional counselor and psychotherapist in New Jersey with 15 years of experience, especially with women's trauma. Our discussion focuses on some of the problems and potential misinformation related to the therapist character in HBO's Limited Series, Big Little Lies.

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Expert Extra #5: Christopher Ayala and Organizing 101

June 2, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Christopher Ayala, state organizer for our faculty union, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF). Our discussion focuses on how you can take some easy, practical, and methodical steps to change something in your neighborhood - Chris makes organizing principles accessible to everyone! Listen and learn how you can begin.

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Announcing our first fundraiser! Join us on June 17 at 12:30pm for yoga, wine, and games (try to pin the covfefe on Trump!) at Shine Yoga Center in Perkasie, PA. Suggested donation $10. Please visit our Facebook event page to RSVP, or if you want to help us out, but can't make the event, you can make a one-time donation at our GoFundMe page.

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Expert Extra #4: Amy Kozel and gender studies in high school

May 5, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Amy Kozel, a high school teacher who stood up publicly to a critical school board member over her gender studies class, a discussion about gender studies as a field and the challenges of teaching gender studies to high school students.

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Expert Extra #3: Dr. Vera Cole on Scott Pruitt, the EPA, and climate change

March 10, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Dr. Vera Cole, head of the Energy and Sustainability Policy Program at Penn State and a discussion about Scott Pruitt, newly confirmed head of the EPA, and climate change.

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Expert Extra #2 SPECIAL EDITION: KU Women’s Political Boot Camp Opening Panel Session

February 25, 2017

This is a SPECIAL EDITION of our new feature, Expert Extra. Please enjoy the entirety of the opening panel session of our KU Political Boot Camp, featuring four experts: PA State Senator Judy Schwank, Siobhan Sam Bennett (candidate for mayor of Allentown this year), Gail Hoover (former Allentown City Councilwoman), and Chris Ayala, state organizer for APSCUF, the 5,500 member faculty union for the PA State System of Higher Education. We are so grateful for their time - please listen and learn.

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