Leaked: The Internet must go!

Hey! Are you on the internet right now? Of course you are! Then you should definitely check out this amazing video about what the internet companies are planning. This move could hurt both consumers and content creators--but of course would be a huge windfall for internet providers.

How weathly are Americans?

The disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jones post, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

Tax the Rich

So long! It's been fun.

Dear listeners,

In July 2011 I started a new job teaching Italian at Kansas State University. In some ways this was a return to my roots, as I taught English as a Foreign Language for 17 years in Italy. Now I am teaching English speakers Italian. I've come full circle.

This coming full circle also means the end of an attempt on my part to start a new career in my 50s. Sadly, as much as I tried to bring community radio to Manhattan, I was not successful. So I have decided to dedicate my energy and time to my first love, being an educator.

The archive of my shows will remain active - there's a lot of great content in the shows. So I hope you continue to listen and enjoy them.

Once again thank you for your support and encouragement over the five years the show was on the air. I know many feel that my program needs to be on the air and I agree with you that a diversity of voices is sorely lacking in the local media. But alas, it is not I who will bring that diversity. It will have to be someone else.

Christopher E. Renner

26 February 2010

Distinguished Sociologist Gay Sedman to Speak about Global Production and Citizen Activism

Note:  This press release was written by Spencer D. Wood, For more information contact him at: 785-532-7178, sdwood@k-state.edu.

MANHATTAN — Noted sociologist Gay Seidman will be visiting Kansas State University to deliver the 10th Annual Donald J. Adamchak Distinguished Lecture Monday, March 8th (International Women's Day) at 7 pm in Forum Hall of K-State Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Professor Seidman is the Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, director of their African Studies program, and an internationally recognized expert on global production, labor, and human rights. Her lecture, Citizens, Markets, and Transnational Activism: Can Consumer Boycotts and Independent Monitoring End Sweatshops? builds on her recent book, Beyond the Boycott: Labor Rights, Human Rights and Transnational Activism (Russell Sage, 2007). Professor Seidman has won graduate and undergraduate teaching awards, is a prolific scholar, and has experience as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. In 1976 she became the first woman president of the Harvard Crimson, which under her leadership began covering the anti-apartheid movement earlier than most major US newspapers.

Professor Seidman’s lecture provides important reminders and serious consideration of the human costs of global production. The lecture and discussion that follows will help us learn more about the labor conditions that yield our clothing, consumer goods, and much of what we eat.

Each year since 2001, the Donald J. Adamchak Distinguished Lecture Series in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work has presented stimulating speakers to the K-State campus and the wider community. The series covers a wide range of topics related to Professor Adamchak’s own interests in demography, Africa and development studies. A major focus is the interaction between population processes and social issues in a variety of fields from political attitudes to public health, global developments to changes in the Great Plains.

Donald J. ‘Adam’ Adamchak (1952 – 2000) spent 22 years of his professional life at K-State. A prolific author, he had an inter- national reputation as a scholar in the area of aging and inter- generational support; fertility and family planning (particularly focusing on the role of men in decision making); gender relations and status of women; and knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding HIV/AIDS. He also conducted research on the consequences of demographic change in rural America.

A gifted and dedicated teacher, Adam prepared scores of sociology graduate students, many of them international, for careers in research and teaching in social demography. He was exceptionally active through his formal and informal mentoring of students in addition to his teaching. In recognition of his concern for and commitment to his students, the Graduate School awarded him its Distinguished Service Award.

Event sponsors include the K-State Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, the Lou Douglas Lecture Series, and the K-State College of Arts and Sciences.

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