articles tagged "Tonya Brito"

Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday September 19th, host Tonya Brito discussed the play “Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze” which will hold two performances at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on September 20th and 21st. She interviewed Jennifer Sheridan, executive and research director of Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at UW-Madison, and Gioia De Cari who is an actress, play write and mathematician. “Created as a response to former Harvard President Lawrence Summers’ now infamous suggestion that women are less represented than men in the sciences because of innate gender differences, Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze is a true-life tale that offers a humorous, scathing, insightful and ultimately uplifting look at the challenges of being a professional woman in a male-dominated field. Performed barefoot on a bare stage with only a chair and small table, writer/performer and “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari brings to life more than 30 characters in a hilarious and deeply touching performance that has earned raves from critics and stirred audiences to standing ovations. Truth Values is an ideal conversation starter about issues concerning women in math and science. An impressive collection of academic luminaries has been attracted to participate in talk-backs held thus far, including Michael Sipser, Department Chair, Mathematics, M.I.T.; Nancy Hopkins, Professor of Biology, M.I.T.; Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Harvard; Margaret Geller, Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Abigail Stewart, Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and Virginia Valian, Professor of Psychology, Hunter College, and author of Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women.” – To read more about the play and upcoming performances: To listen to the entire interview: more »

Issues with Minimum Wage

Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday September 5th, host Tonya Brito spoke with Stephen Copley, Director of the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance, about the problems with the current minimum wage. Copley is the Chairman of the national nonpartisan group Let Justice Roll Living Wage Coalition. He recently said, “Our motto at Let Justice Roll is ‘A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it.’ Today’s minimum wage is a poverty wage, not a living wage. At $7.25 an hour, just $15,080 a year, the minimum wage is set so low that growing numbers of hardworking men and women turn to food banks and homeless shelters to try and fill the gaping hole in their wages. It is immoral that the minimum wage is worth less, adjusted for inflation, than the over $10 value it had in 1968, the year Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis while fighting for living wages. It’s time to raise the minimum wage.” To read more about the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Coalition: To listen to the entire show: more »

So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday July 18th, Tonya Brito interviewed lawyer, policy maker, and law professor Peter Edelman about his new book, “So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.” In this provocative book, Peter Edelman, a former top aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a lifelong antipoverty advocate, offers an informed analysis of how this country can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. According to Edelman, we have taken important positive steps without which 25 to 30 million more people would be poor, but poverty fluctuates with the business cycle. The structure of today’s economy has stultified wage growth for half of America’s workers—with even worse results at the bottom and for people of color—while bestowing billions on those at the top. So Rich, So Poor delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at the continuing crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood. This is crucial reading for anyone who wants to understand the most critical American dilemma of the twenty-first century.” -The New Press To read more about “So Rich, So Poor:” more »

Failing Law Schools

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 | A Public Affair

Tonya interviewed legal scholar Professor Brian Tamanaha about his new book “Failing Law Schools.” “Growing concern with the crisis in legal education has led to high-profile coverage in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and many observers expect it soon will be the focus of congressional scrutiny. Bringing to the table his years of experience from within the legal academy, Tamanaha has provided the perfect resource for assessing what’s wrong with law schools and figuring out how to fix them.” – University of Chicago Press Books To read more about “Failing Law Schools”: To listen to the whole interview:         more »

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