Featured Artist: Travis Somerville

Travis Somerville

Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern sea board, he briefly studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, finally settling in San Francisco where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, CA. His large scale oil paintings on paper mounted to canvas incorporate collage and present images of political and cultural icons associated […]

Impact: The Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. It was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research. Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through its headquarters in Chicago, a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in communities across the country. The Alzheimer’s […]

Past Present Podcast: LIVE! Libraries, the Hamptons, and the Summer of Love

Library

In this week’s special live episode of Past Present, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate funding cuts for libraries, the history of the Hamptons, and the legacy of the Summer of Love. Libraries Donald Trump’s proposed budget allots zero federal dollars to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We discussed the history of public libraries in America during our live taping at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, […]

Impact: LaunchCode

LaunchCode

LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization that creates routes to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology. LaunchCode partners with over 300 companies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups, and matches them with job seekers through a unique mentorship and paid apprenticeship program. Located primarily in the St. Louis and Miami areas, LaunchCoders also work in Chicago, Atlanta, Fort Knox, Seattle, Portland, and other locations. LaunchCode […]

Past Present Podcast: Truckers, NATO, and Spelling Bees

Spelling Bee

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the decline of the long-haul trucker, the future of NATO, and the national spelling bee. Truckers A New York Times article on long-haul truckers by Trip Gabriel detailed the declining status of truckers in American life. Niki commented the highpoint of truckers’ cultural cache in the 1970s, including popular cultural depictions like the movie Smokey and the Bandit. […]

Past Present Podcast: HBCUs, Rebecca Tuvel, and Commencement Speeches

University Commencement

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Rebecca Tuvel controversy, and commencement speeches. HBCUs Donald Trump recently suggested that a federal program that finances construction projects on historically black college and university campuses may be unconstitutional. But a few days later, he expressed “unwavering support” for HBCUs. Natalia observed Trump’s various moves to reach out to African Americans […]

May 2017: Advice to My Younger Self

Ciara Pressler with Ben Pressler

It’s college decision day for high school seniors, and graduation month for both high school and college students. Early milestones that seem like a really big deal… because they are. Decisions made now about the next step in life will shape everything else to come. Being ten years older than my youngest brother, at his graduation milestones, I took the opportunity to share my best advice with a decade of […]

Green Week: Rick Turoczy and Stephen Green on Growing Silicon Forest

Stephen Green interviews Rick Turoczy

Kicking off Green Week at Pregame HQ, Stephen Green interviewed Rick Turoczy, a founder of PIE PDX, the tech accelerator embedded at the headquarters of global creative agency Wieden+Kennedy. Rick’s recent work has moved away from physical educational space and into its own incubation. Currently acting as advisors to other accelerators, those in the idea stage can delve into the PIE Cookbook, an open source guide designed to help anyone, anywhere build the startup accelerator of their […]

Past Present Podcast: The LSAT, George W. Bush, and Corporal Punishment

George W. Bush

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate Harvard’s decision to drop the LSAT, George W. Bush’s newfound popularity, and corporal punishment. The LSAT Harvard Law School will no longer require the LSAT for admission. Natalia placed the LSAT in the history of standardized testing and recommended Harold Wechsler’s The Qualified Student and Jerome Karabel’s The Chosen for the history of selective college admissions. Neil noted […]

When Wellness is a Dirty Word

Watermelon Patch

First came the anthropologist of Arctic poverty who found me on Instagram and confided that she was a Jazzercise fanatic. Then the intellectual historian who eloquently introduced herself as an expert on a similarly Serious Topic but rapidly and with sparkling eyes, before any of our fellow conferees entered the elevator, effused that it was really her Ashtanga yoga practice that sustained her. And the implacable administrator who waited for […]