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INTERVIEW: Kim Pearson (Civic Media Researcher)

posted on Apr.07, 2012

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Melissa Radzimski and Amanda Reddington had the opportunity to talk with Kim Pearson (Associate Professor in the English Department at The College of New Jersey and the Chair of the African American Studies Department at The College of New Jersey).

A graduate of Princeton University and New York University, Kim Pearson is a well-established civic media researcher and journalist. During this program, she dissected ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) from a technical perspective and even touched upon the history of the Internet and computers. The conversation ended on a broad overview of modern day journalism and Internet activism.

For more information about the topics discussed, visit EFF.org.
Learn more about Kim Pearson on her website: kimpearson.net.


INTERVIEW: Dr. Aref Assaf (American Arab Foundation)

posted on Feb.29, 2012

Dr. Aref Assaf is the founder of the American Arab Foundation and a regular writer for NJ.com. He focuses on Arabic, Muslim, and Middle Eastern topics.

On February 29, 2012, Melissa Radzimski & Amanda Reddington had the opportunity to talk to him about the recent NYPD scandal. Dr. Aref Assaf explained that the actions of the NYPD are quite damaging and have negatively affected the many Muslim Americans who were spied on in New Jersey and beyond.


INTERVIEW: Samantha Harris (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)

posted on Feb.20, 2012

On February 20, 2012, Amanda Reddington, Melissa Radzimski, and Michael Mullin (head of the Student Liberty Front at The College of New Jersey) talked with Samantha Harris of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Samantha Harris talked about how TCNJ has policies that may infringe on the free speech rights of its students. The topics of conversation also included college students’ rights for freedom of speech as well FIRE’s mission.

For more information about FIRE, visit thefire.org


INTERVIEW: Holly Mosher (Director of “Bonsai People: The Vision of Dr. Muhammad Yunus)

posted on Feb.08, 2012

Holly Mosher is the director and producer of “Bonsai People: The Vision of Dr. Muhammad Yunus.” Muhammad Yunus is an economist from Bangladesh and founded the Grameen Bank, a microfinance institution. He was granted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his tremendous work. Today, many institutes are adopting his model and efforts across the globe are being made to stimulate the economies of impoverished nations.

On February 8, 2012, Holly spoke with Melissa Radzimski and Amanda Reddington about the creation of the documentary, Bangladeshi women, why microfinance is a “long term solution” to economic disparity, and much more.

For more information about this documentary, visit bonsaimovie.com


INTERVIEW: Alan Karam (Iraqi-American)

posted on Feb.08, 2012

Alan Karam is an Iraqi-American currently living in Utah. He spoke with Amanda Reddington and Melissa Radzimski about the hardships of immigrant life in America, his father’s involvement with the CIA in a Hussein-ruled Iraq, and the post-9/11 world.

He also is heavily involved in volunteer work with refugees and immigrants and teaches English to Asian immigrants in Utah.


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