Day After Reading: Around the USA

Through a fun grapevine of New York professionals &  friends, I got connected with a graphic artist named Luodvic Balland to help with publicity for his project Day After Reading. Balland is traveling with a team of journalists, historians and supporters to interview people about the news. What is your earliest memory of the news? How do you get your news? etc. They started in New York City, went to Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis (where they got to be on the Washington University (aka WUSTL) campus during the debate that was also held there.

Now, I am helping to arrange interviews around the country, an exciting, fast-paced job for someone in a small town. I’ve gotten to speak to folks all around the country to see if they or a colleague or friend could be interviewed. Julie from Robert’s in Nashville is THE best! Jesse Lee Jones has a great story to tell, and I bet Julie does too.

The following city, in Memphis they were interviewed for a post on The Atlantic’s CityLab.

Today we interview the Mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, then go to the Texas State Fair! What do you recommend we eat while there, fellow Texans?

Afterward, they will head west to go to Marfa and Fort Davis to visit the Chinati foundation and McDonald Observatory, respectively. I would love to go out west with them, but I will stay in Waco for about 5 days, then go off to Columbus, Ohio for a community leaders initiative of NeighborWorks America.

They will then go on to New Orleans, Miami, and DC for the election. More to come!

Image: Claire Sexton, Dr. Tiffany Anthony, abdominal transplant surgeon, during her interview 10/12/16 at Baylor Medical Center Dallas.
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Houston, Part 2: Haptics with Dr. E.

Throwing back to my visit to Houston in September. I decided to go to the ol’ hometown when I did based partly on AIGA Houston‘s Design Week. A friend works with Plus Pool and mentioned that her colleagues would be there for a talk. The +Pool panel was late in the week but I had to return to Waco for the Arts Fest that I’d been helping with. So I went for a Monday night talk with designer Lana Rigsby and neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman. I arrived at the Rice Media Center, after a wonderful and gossip-filled dinner with a college friend, not knowing what to expect.

What I found was: Haptics, aka touch, geared toward the designing audience. I am not “a designer” the way most people there were, but I have done some graphic design and most certainly appreciate good design (aka don’t get me started on bad industrial design, especially WRT sinks in museums and restaurants). Great content, from Dr. Eagleman especially. I was a little disappointed that each person had a part and they didn’t have any conversation between them. Rigsby essentially introduced a the story of publication collaboration with Eagleman (A Communicators Guide to the Neuroscience of Touch, copies were distributed of at the end of the program) and let him have the floor. He is an engaging and handsome speaker, who clearly knows his stuff. The talk was about a month before his new PBS show about the brain premiered but if you’re watched it, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Below are some scarcely edited notes and thoughts.
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