Author Q & A

Author Spotlight: A Conversation with Ken Grossinger

Ken Grossinger has had an impressive career as an organizer, activist, and mentor to young movement workers. In his newly published book Art Works: How Organizers and Artists Are Creating a Better World Together, he looks at the intersection between art and politics—specifically how organizers and artists can effectively collaborate to generate social change. 

Celebrating Liberian Independence: A Q&A with Author Gregg Mitman

On July 26th, 1847, the Republic of Liberia declared its independence from the United States as a free Black republic. But less than a hundred years later, the United States again dug its claws into the country, as the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, expanding along with the automobile boom, appropriated land for rubber plantations. The history of Firestone- of the automobile- is one of racial segregation and medical experimentation that reflected Jim Crow America—on African soil.

Author Spotlight: A Conversation with the Editors of Immigration Matters

Over the past decade, right-wing nativists have stoked popular hostility to the nation’s foreign-born population, forcing the immigrant rights movement into a defensive posture. During the Trump years, advocates had few opportunities to consider questions of long-term policy or future strategy. We now have a once in a generation opportunity to remake our nation's broken immigration system.

Author Spotlight: A Conversation with Catherine Coleman Flowers

2020 MacArthur Fellow Catherine Coleman Flowers's work fighting for basic sanitation addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time—public health, environmental, economic, and racial justice. It began in in her home community of Lowndes County, Alabama, a county that has a long, turbulent, and bloody history of racial injustice, and has expanded to communities across the United States.

Author Spotlight: A Conversation with Andrew Gumbel

A college education has long been touted as a path to success, but earning a degree and navigating the bureaucracy of the institutions that grant them can be fraught for many students, especially first-generation, minority, and low-income students. Georgia State University isn't one of those institutions. Over the past decade Georgia State University has upended the conventional wisdom that large numbers of students are doomed to fail simply because of their economic background or the color of their skin.

Author Spotlight: A Conversation with Lawrence Rosenthal

In 2016, American right-wing populists migrated from the free marketeering Tea Party to Donald Trump’s “hard hat,” anti-immigrant, America-First nationalism.

Author Spotlight: A Conversation with Ellis Cose

In the newly published Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America, renowned journalist Ellis Cose tells the story of an essential U.S. institution.

Earth Day Author Spotlight: A Conversation with Dahr Jamail

In celebration of the 50th Earth Day, we had a conversation with Dahr Jamail, author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. A finalist for the 2020 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, The End of Ice expresses both a deep love for the Earth and a frightening warning about its future.


Over the past year, primary election results have revealed a progressive wave spreading acoss the country, with long-time incumbents being unseated by divers

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