Podcast: Twisted Nether Blogcast, Episode 18, “Hybrid Hyjinx,” 2008.
Podcast: Twisted Nether Blogcast, Episode 42, “Life, the Universe and 3.1,” 2009.
Panel: Climate Change in Science Fiction, WisCon 39.
Moderator: Margaret McBride
Panelists: Jen Anderson, Jacquelyn Gill, Lauren Lacey, Analee Newitz
Description: The Science in the Capital series by Kim Stanley Robison focuses most strongly on climate change. But almost every book he's written has included an awareness of the looming environmental danger caused by humans. Robinson explored the idea of climatic sustainability in the Three Californias trilogy. While Martian society developed in the Mars trilogy, humans were battling rising seas and pollution back on Earth. The novel 2312 describes a human civilization dispersed among star system habitats, with Earth's resuscitation in the hands of its evolving children. What other writers make climate change and environmental disaster central to their stories?
Panel: Scientific Utopianism in the Work of Kim Stanley Robinson, WisCon 39.
Moderator: Margaret McBride
Panelists: Jen Anderson, Dr. Janice M. Bogstad, Jeanne Gomoll
Description: Kim Stanley Robinson often portrays scientists as heroes, taking political action based on their research and collaboration with other scientists. In both his fiction and speeches Robinson has urged scientists to take responsibility for public understanding and responsible use of their discoveries. In this, Robinson's characters never fall into the stereotype of the "mad scientist," though they sometimes seem a little awkward with everyday folks. He has claimed that science is intrinsically utopian and invariably portrays science as the best tool to heal or revive the planet. Perhaps the most vivid example of this is the dramatic return of extinct flora and fauna to Earth in his novel, 2312, by scientists who have preserved entire biomes within specially designed asteroid terrariums.
Presentation: Shifting Advocacy into High Gear: Making the Case through Storytelling
Presenters: Jen Anderson, Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman, Elizabeth Kwasnik
Description: When was the last time you talked about the human elements of health care? It’s easy to lose sight of the personal in a data-driven world. That’s why storytelling is so important. Stories open doors and help stakeholders understand the real-world impact of complicated policy decisions or clinical trends. They help build ladders of engagement that turn patients and staff members into advocates. And, importantly, they help demonstrate the true value of the health center movement. In this session, participants will learn advocacy best practices, find out how to make storybanking a part of their advocacy routines, and get the tools they need to empower people to tell stories in safe, comfortable ways.
Article: "A Call to Action That Never Went Away," The LGBT News, Lansing CityPULSE, August 24–30, 2016.
Article: "Back to School: Supporting our LGBTQ Students," The LGBT News, Lansing CityPULSE, September 21–27, 2016.
Article: "Moving Forward." The LGBT News, Lansing CityPULSE, January 18–24, 2017.
Article: "The Resistance Must Be Accessible." The LGBT News, Lansing CityPULSE, March 15–21, 2017.