California Immigrant Policy Center Executive Director Cynthia Buiza

When You Are in Dire Straits, You Need to Figure Out How to Operate With Grace

Cynthia Buiza is the executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. She has spent her career advocating for immigrant and refugee rights around the world. The co-author of Anywhere But War, her poetry and prose have also appeared in various anthologies in the U.S. and the Philippines. Before joining a Zócalo/Center for Social Innovation panel, “Are American States Better at Protecting Human Rights Than the U.S. Government?,” she stopped by our virtual green room to talk about how she became a student activist, why Bangkok has the best food, …

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Scholar of Democracy and Poverty Jamila Michener | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Scholar of Democracy and Poverty Jamila Michener

The Pace of American Life Leaves Little Space for Thinking

Jamila Michener is an associate professor of government at Cornell University, and is co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity. Her research focuses on poverty, racial inequality and public …

Break It Up Author Richard Kreitner | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Break It Up Author Richard Kreitner

To Reset, I Go Back to Whitman

Richard Kreitner is a contributing writer at The Nation and most recently the author of Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union. He’s been …

Journalist, Editor, and Author Lisa Margonelli | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Journalist, Editor, and Author Lisa Margonelli

You Can't Eat 8 Pounds of Mushroom in a Day. You Need a Game Plan

Lisa Margonelli is senior editor at Issues in Science and Technology. Formerly Zócalo’s editor-in-chief, she is the author of two books, Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to …

Designer, Technologist, and Researcher Melodie Yashar | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Designer, Technologist, and Researcher Melodie Yashar

There's Such a Human Need for Connection Right Now

Melodie Yashar is the co-founder of SEArch+ (short for space exploration architecture), a senior research associate with San Jose State University Research Foundation at NASA Ames, and an instructor at …

Analog Astronaut and Geoscientist Sian Proctor | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Analog Astronaut and Geoscientist Sian Proctor

How Do I Get on a Boat to Antarctica to See That Eclipse?

Sian Proctor is an explorer, geoscientist, science communicator, and an analog astronaut who has participated in a number of missions on Earth that simulate space conditions. Most recently, she was …