Salzburg Global Fellow Updates - November 2015




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Nov 12, 2015
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Salzburg Global Fellow Updates - November 2015

Compilation of our Fellows' recent achievements and landmarks Best-selling author Patricia Leavy published a new social fiction novel, dealing with her own grief through creativity

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Patricia Leavy, a Fellow of Session 547 - The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation? recently published a new novel entitled “Blue.” Writing the book was an emotional outlet for Leavy after the death of her daughter’s biological father. “Notwithstanding the grief that inspired me to pick up my pen that day,” writes Leavy on her blog, “Blue is the most lighthearted and joyful of my novels. I realize now that I wrote it to remind myself that we are possibilities. I wrote it to remind myself of beauty, hope and our power to make choices each day of who we want to be. Blue was a love letter I wrote to myself and I’m overjoyed to share it with others.” The book is available on Amazon.

Another Fellow of Session 547Rebeca Kamen, has recently launched an exhibition called Continuum at the Greater Reston Art Centre in Reston, Virginia. The exhibition also features work from the installation NeuroCantos, a project partially inspired by session Fellow and poet Steve Fowler’s time at the seminar and dialogue with Kamen and others. Kamen, a lecturer and poet credits the inspiration for this work to dialogue with Fowler on the poetics of space and the mind. Continuum uses various mediums to explore the concept of space and the mind and will be on display from December 3 to February 13, 2016.

Robert Praxmarer, is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovators Forum and founder of Polycular, which won the Netidee Award 2015 for their initiative which helps teach kids sustainability using games. The award is funded by the Austrian Internet Foundation and goes to innovative projects which facilitate progressive use of the Internet in Austria. 

Michael Brannigan, Fellow of Session 392 - Biotechnology: Legal, Ethical and Social Issues, recently published a new book, Japan’s March 2011 Disaster and Moral Grit: Our Inescapable In-between. The book is about Japan’s March 11 Triple Disaster, or the catastrophic trifecta of an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown, and it is available for purchase by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. Brannigan is the George and Jane Pfaff Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Values at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where he teaches philosophy and ethics. 

Sol Paz, Fellow of the third symposium in the Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention series, “Sharing Experience Across Borders,” helped promote the 6th Annual Nationwide Contest of Human Rights, Holocaust and Recent Genocides. Paz is the Coordinator for the Manual Antonio Munoz Borer Centre for the Study of Holocaust, Human Rights, and Recent Genocides in the Alberto Einstein School in Ecuador, which helps promote the contest.

Meng Yang, another Fellow of the third symposium in the Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention series, became the first to sing a Chinese-Yiddish song. Yang learned Yiddish for her research on Jewish exile in Shanghai and performed an unprecedented performance of the originally Chinese song at the 2015 Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University.

Kasha Nabagesera is a Fellow of all Salzburg Global LGBT Forums, the most recent being “LGBT Rights & Social Cohesion.” She recently won Sweden's Right Livelihood Award, a kind of “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for her work on LGBT rights in Uganda. Nabagesera has helped combat problematic media practices and legal injustice towards the LGBT community in Uganda. 

Prince Guma, Fellow of Session 549 - "Youth, Economics and Violence: Implications for Future Conflict," recently published his paper “The governance and political of urban space in the postcolonial city,” in Africa Review. The paper takes a look at the portrayal by scholars of urban space in Africa as dysfunctional under the lens of global governance. Guma is an activist and researcher whose work focuses on urban and social infrastructures and movements.