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Comcast (Video - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)
Banzragch will be discussing Give the World a Chance.
Bayar Banzragch was born in 1980 in Mongolia. In 2002 he graduated from the University of Culture and Arts with a major in painting. Since then, he has worked as a cameraman and director for TV programs and serials such as “Time and Youth,” “Moment,” “You Guess, You Think” and “Night Rhythm.” Currently he works as a director for his production company “Semoon.” In 2012 his film “Give the World a Chance” won the Second place in Egypt International Film Festival.
Zoljargal will be discussing Singer from Taiga.
Batbileg was born in 1983 in Mongolia. He studied at the University of Film Art and majored in film directing and cameraman. His father Zoljargal Gombo is a well-known writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Batbileg, coming from filmmakers’ family, has worked for their production company “Namuun Zet” and made several TV programs and documentaries. His film “A day of Amarbat” was selected to screen as part of the Mountain Film Festival in 2006. In 2007, his documentary “Five fingers of a hand” was awarded the Grand Prize of Watch Doc Festival. In 2011, “Singer from Taiga,” one of his latest films was selected for The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
Evans will be discussing Come Hellor Highwater: The Battle for Turkey Creek.
Derrick Christopher Evans is an educator, historian, community builder and humanitarian. He is a sixth-generation native of coastal Mississippi’s historic African-American community of Turkey Creek, founded during southern Reconstruction by his former slave ancestors. Evans earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in History, African-American Studies and Education from Boston College, where he taught US Civil Rights History from 1992 to 2005. He taught middle school US History and Social Studies as a Boston Public School teacher from 1991 to 2001, and has taught undergraduate history, social science and humanities courses at Roxbury Community College and Harvard College. In 1997, he co-founded Epiphany School, a full-service and tuition-free independent middle school for low-income children and families from Boston neighborhoods. Evans is a co-founding Managing Advisor of the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health (GCF), which directs financial, technical and collegial support to local groups seeking authentic community recovery and resilience amid the Gulf South's contemporary trends of major social, cultural and environmental displacement. This interest and his involvement grew out of his work with Turkey Creek Community Initiatives, which Evans founded in 2003 to conserve and restore the culture, ecology and self-determination of his ancestral community and watershed. Evans restored four blighted apartment buildings and several vacant lots on his street in Boston's historic but under-served Roxbury community - without losing a single long-time resident, architectural detail, or neighborhood land-use goal. In 2010, Evans worked with filmmaker Leah Mahan and the Gulf Coast Fund to launch BRIDGE THE GULF, an interactive Web-based platform for community advocates, journalists and storytellers. Evans' efforts to protect Turkey Creek are told in Mahan's documentary Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.
Shubin will be discussing Your Inner Fish.
Neil Shubin, paleontologist and evolutionary biologist,is the Robert Bensley Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and associate dean for academic strategy of the university’s Biological Sciences Division. He’s also the author of two popular science books — The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body (2013) and the best-selling Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008). Your Inner Fish was named best book of the year by the National Academy of Sciences. Shubin has conducted fieldwork in Greenland, China, Canada, and much of North America and Africa and discovered some of the earliest mammals, crocodiles, dinosaurs, frogs and salamanders in the fossil record. One of his most significant discoveries, the 375-million-year-old Tiktaalik roseae fossil, is considered an important transitional form between fish and land animals. The 2006 announcement of the finding received worldwide media coverage and led to Shubin being named ABC News Person of the Week. He’s made many other notable observations regarding the developmental biology of limbs, using his diverse fossil findings to devise hypotheses about the genetic and developmental processes that led to anatomical transformations. He is also committed to sharing the importance of science with the public, and his lab maintains an active presence on Facebook and Twitter. Shubin earned his Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011.
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