Ms. Rekha Basu has been a columnist for The Des Moines Register since 1991. She comments on a range of local, national, and international issues with a focus on human rights, racial justice and gender equality. Ms. Basu was awarded an honary doctorate from Grinnell College and was named one of Des Moines Business Record's Women of Influence.
Mr. Matt Dalio is the Founder, CEO, and Chief of Product for the company Endless. His company plans on bringing a low-cost computer to emerging nations. Mr. Dalio was recently featured in a an article published in USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/04/14/endless-computer-is-169-answer-for-44-billion-offline/25742941/
In his new book Truth in the Rivers, author, educator, and political activist Bruce Hopkins weaves together seemingly disparate elements. Via poems, essays, photographs, and paintings, he explores Japanese American Internment during World War II, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the importance of exploring nature's lessons with children. Bruce's deceptively slim new book, just released by Ice Cube Press, is an artful tapestry of complex and important issues. Tune in to The Studio this week for a thought-provoking hour with Cheryl, Bruce, and his wife Jeanette.
Ryan Thoreson is the current President of the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus, and an expert in his own right on LGBT civil rights issues. He's a former Rhodes Scholar, has done work in South Africa, is now at Yale Law School.
Jonas Wang was the Co-Chair of Queer Students and Allies while at Harvard. Jonas did a range of things at Harvard, including doing research on LGBTQ asylum and refugee cases. Jonas also won the prestigious Ames Award, given the the two most outstanding "unsung heroes" of each Harvard graduating class.
Kate Barnhart is the Director of New Alternatives, a drop-in program for homeless LGBT youth. A long-time member of the AIDS activist group ACT UP, she has worked with at risk youth for over 18 years.
Ging Cristobal the Project Coordinator for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission for Asia and the Pacific Islands.
This Friday at 1 pm and Monday at 8 am, Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline welcomes Mt. Pleasant author and speaker Susan Klopfer. Ms. Klopfer, an award-winning journalist and formerly an acquisitions and development editor for Prentice Hall, is the author of "Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights Revisted," which follows the history of African Americans and their struggle for civil rights in the Mississippi Delta region.
Ms. Klopfer's prior publications include "The Emmett Till Book," and a number of computer how-to books. Her speaking topics include "There is a Book Inside You - How to Get It Out" and "How to Market Your Book and Services on the Internet."
Join us this week on Writers Voices for another stimulating conversation about books and writing.