Week in Review

Week in Review

Notable O.E.P. Stories for the Week Ending in November 18, 2012

 Ever wonder how we react to reading the successes of our brilliant alums? The diversity of thought and opinion is simply flabbergasting!  We guarantee, a perusal of the op-ed articles published by our opinionists is this jaw-dropping. And for this reason we encourage you…Nay. We dare you to read them.

Kelly Pope

Professor of accounting, Kelly Pope will be joining 20 other faculty as part of The OpEd Project’s Public Voices Fellowship at DePaul University. She also took the Chicago “Write to Change the World” public seminar in October. Shortly after, she published an astounding Forbes article on Rita Crundwell, a white-collar criminal who embezzled approximately $53 million dollars. Rita’s Countdown to Court is Pope’s pondering on Crundwell’s court date.

Jaime Dominguez

A Public Voices Fellow at Northwestern University, Jaime Dominguez put into practice his expertise as a political scientist by penning this piece on the Latino voter turnout during our most recent election, and the implications this carries for President Obama’s second term in office. As he argues in his Huffington Post op-ed,  A Sleeping Giant No More, “America is becoming more diverse, as this election has made clear. Latinos are the fastest-growing component of this rapid transformation. There could be no better time for President Obama to take immigration reform to the Congress, and give Latino voters a glimpse of the future.”

Dr. Lori Freedman

Sociologist and author of, ‘Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care’, Lori Freedman also publishes in The Huffington Post “It Could Happen Here”, an article on the recent death of Savita Halappanavar. She questions whether this kind of tragedy could happen in the U.S.?


Week in Review

Notable O.E.P. Stories for the Week Ending in October 21, 2012

On the day of their last convening, The OpEd Project’s Fordham University Public Voices Fellows were asked to write why it is that they do what they do. Out of all of the snapshots, the one posted above is my favorite. It reads: “Because I realized what mattered most to me, didn’t matter to most people. I wanted to change that.” Find out what matters to this week’s featured writers, and why it should matter to you.

Atima_Omara Alwala With her bold statement – “The GOP candidate’s wife seems to think that contraception isn’t an economic issue. That’s because she doesn’t have to worry about how another child could make it harder to pay her bills” – Atima Omara-Alwala takes back the discussion on contraception in her article Ann Romney: Contraception IS about the Economy for Women’s eNews.
 Idit-Klein Summer Loving: BYFI’s LGBT Journey is a moving story that orbits around the experiences of coming out, feeling affirmed and supported as LGBT or queer in the Jewish community. Idik Klein writes for eJewish Philanthropy
 Tressie McMillan Cottom Tressie McMillan Cottom,  Emory Public Voices Fellow,  persuades that “Criminalizing individuals for a criminal inequality in the structure of public education is inefficient, unproductive, and immoral.” Them’s That Got Shall Have: Criminalizing Parents who Steal Free Education is her Huffington Post article, and it’s getting a lot of e-traffick.

One of the OpEd Project leaders, Sharon Lerner, writes on the timely subject of Romney, single moms and gun violence for Parent. We highly recommend you read her article Investigating the Single Mom-Gun Violence Connection before voting!

 veronica-arreola “From Ricky Martin to characters such as Santana Lopez on Glee, gay and lesbian Latinos are no longer invisible,” argues Chicago OpEd alum Veronica Arreola. How Latinos Have Changed Their Attitude To Homosexuality is available to read on The Guardian.

– Claudia Garcia-Rojas, Social Media Fellow

Week in Review

Notable O.E.P. Stories for the Week Ending in October 14, 2012

It’s true! Can you ask for better inspiration to write? If you can, then let the successes of these opinionists compel you to voice your thoughts.

          Anat Shenker-Osorio NBC invited Anat Shenker-Osorio author of Don’t Buy It: The Trouble With Talking Nonsense About the Economy to talk about the way media and politicians use metaphor to describe the economy.
April Allen April Allen, TWU fellow, was featured in Al Jazeera on what the NFL referee lockout tells us about education. Allen is also the Executive Director of KIPP DFW, a college-prep charter school focused on preparing students from underserved communities for success in college and in life.
Susan Greenfield For Jane Austen Weekly in the Huffington Post, Susan Celia Greenfield returns with a smart snapshot of Elizabeth Bennet’s Brain Scan.
Nicholas Tampio cogently asks: “What can history teach us about stopping religious warfare?” In his Huffington Post op-ed How To Stop Religious Warfare he argues that two lessons from the Enlightenment remain timely. Find out what those are.
Michelle Baker We All Fall Down: A Lesson in Resiliency highlights Michelle Baker’s viewpoint that sometimes parents can overshadow their children’s efforts by not giving them the space to be resilient. What do you think?
Lisa Dietlin Chicago OpEd alum and philanthropist-extraordinaire, Lisa Dietlin believes that acts of philanthropy should be strategic and transformational. Dietlin appeared on NBC to discuss The Charitable Side of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Revenna Koenig Of the 10, 000 firefighters in New York City, only 28 of them are female. The OpEd Project’s former Junior Fellow, Ravenna Koenig, expounds the reasons attributed to such a wide gender-gap. Her article New York’s Firefighting Women was published by The Women’s Media Center.
Chloe Bird Chloe Bird doesn’t hesitate to discuss why California Improves on the Affordable Care Act by Letting RNs Dispense Birth Control. Bird says that “a new study by the Guttmacher Institute confirms that a majority of women report that contraception has had a significant impact on their lives.” You can learn how in her Ms. Magazine write-up.

Claudia Garcia-Rojas, Social Media Fellow

The Week in Review

Notable O.E.P. Stories for the Week Ending in October 7, 2012

Good Morning

Good morning, indeed! What better way to start your week than with a rightly brewed cup of coffee and a few good reads. We were not able to get some of these success stories to you last week but here they are now. As always, we’re thrilled to engage in good dialogue with our authors and readers. Comment below, let us know what you’re thinking, what your pressing thoughts are. We’d love to hear them!

Ever hear of public-interest design? John Cary and Courtney E. Martin discuss human-centered approaches to design in their New York Times Sunday Review article Dignifying Designs.


Alissa Quart argues In “Women Who Hide Their Pregnancies” that for the rich and powerful it is not a “hindrance” but for the average American, it is. What do you think?


Writopia’s Executive Director –  Rebecca Wallace-Segall – makes “A Passionate, Unapologetic Plea for Creative Writing in Schools” in The Atlantic.


“Yes, there’s a tragedy on Broadway and it isn’t Electra,” says Indiewire guest writer Aphra Behn. In her cleverly titled article “We Came! We Saw! We Threw Bananas! WE WERE THEATRE!” Behn tells us about speaking out for gender parity in theater.


Following on the heels of the powerfully moving Undocubus movement, Vanessa Perez’s tremendous Ledger-Enquirer article, “Campus Border”, maintains that “a top university like UGA is supposed to be a greenhouse for new ideas, but it only marginalizes [undocumented] communities by banning their children from campus.” Do you agree?

Claudia Garcia-Rojas