Rank #1: Taylor Rees: Seeking the Deeper meaning and giving "voice" to Indigenous peoples in her Films
Taylor Rees, is a filmmaker and photojournalist. She is driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and tell the stories beneath the surface. Her work in environmental and humanitarian issues brings new perspectives and deeper public understanding to challenging topics such as climate change, indigenous food systems, land use and water. For example, Indigenous people and their cultures have been the subject of many films, television programs, and documentaries. For Indigenous people, the experience has been mixed. The film-making process can be exploitative. Films can unwittingly exploit Indigenous communities and Indigenous knowledge with little or no consultation with Indigenous people, and without any benefits to Indigenous communities. She seeks to give them a "voice."
Jan 10 2019
Rank #2: Ryan Burke: Addictions Counselor and Endurance Athlete spreading Motivation
Ryan Burke is an endurance mountaineer and full time addictions therapist who lives in Jackson, Wyoming. He is currently developing The Mindstrength Project which works with athletes and survivors of addiction in risk composure education. He teaches his clients at Curran-Seeley - "...with addiction it’s about getting through the next day and reminding one’s self you have gotten through similar days before and have the strength to do it again." These similarities of what gets him through the mountains and what helps addicts stay clean, are why Burke started the Mind Strength Project, a program that physically and mentally trains athletes and addicts side-by-side.
Jul 27 2018
Rank #3: Bestselling Author Alexandra Fuller: Passion, Purpose and The Way Forward
Alexandra Fuller wrote a searing memoir about her childhood in Rhodesia as the country struggled to win black majority rule in what is now Zimbabwe, "Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood." While she has not written anything overtly political, she says that everything we do is political from the decision we make to wake up in the morning to the clothes we put on our bodies, to the words we have the courage to speak. Her new novel, "Quiet Until the Thaw", follows the lives of two Oglala Sioux cousins who grow up to take very different paths.
Nov 06 2017
Rank #4: Mike Sullivan: Former Wyoming Governor who Embodies the Spirit of the West
Former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan and U.S Ambassador to Ireland talks civility in politics and how a Democratic governor can serve two terms as governor in a Republican state. Sullivan was a key participant in the 1998 peace accord in Northern Ireland and named the 2016 Citizen of the West.
Aug 07 2017
Rank #5: Tim Sandlin: A candid Conversation with Author, Humorist and ScreenWriter
Tim Sandlin, American novelist and screenwriter. has penned nine novels, 11 screenplays (two of which have been made into movies: Floating Away (1998), which was based on his novel Sorrow Floats and Skipped Parts (2001), based upon the novel of the same name, and a book of humorous essays. He is known to capitalize on comedy and probe serious topics like alcoholism, suicide, and aging. He’s been compared to Tom Robbins. “When you think American master of absurdist humor with acute observations about contemporary society, characters to fall in love with, and lines you’ll be quoting to your friend, the first name to spring to mind should be ‘Tim’ (Sandlin), not ‘Tom’ (Robbins),” said Sarah Bird, Austin, Texas, novelist and a friend of Sandlin’s
Mar 19 2018
Rank #6: Dr. Jeff Lockwood: On censorship and the Free Expression of ideas in America
Dr. Jeffrey Alan Lockwood is an award-winning author and University of Wyoming professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities Author of "Behind the Carbon Curtain", an exploration of how corporate wealth and power are being used to censor the free expression of ideas in America. At a time in which there is much concern expressed for constitutional freedoms regarding guns, health care, and taxes perhaps the gravest threat to the most fundamental right in a vibrant democracy—free speech—has received little attention.
Oct 02 2017
Rank #7: Justice Marilyn Kite: The first Woman to serve on Wyoming's Supreme Court
Justice Kite shares her insights as the first female to serve on the Wyoming Supreme Court. She talks about growing up in Wyoming, her decision to serve on the State's highest court and her hopes that her life story would inspire other women.
Sep 11 2017
Rank #8: Dusty Nichols and Bo Elledge: Passion, Artistry and whats behind Writing a Song and hearing the Music?
Canyon Kids is the creation of Dusty Nichols and Bo Elledge. Forged on the banks of the Snake River, with an unwavering love of the American West, Canyon Kids are students of Americana, rock, and folk, but also pioneers of something entirely new. And NOW they are the new music for the What’s Your Why podcast. The music is from their song Out Where The West Begins. Listen to their journey and story and love for Wyoming!
Sep 05 2018
Rank #9: Author John Hausdoerffer: What is the Future of Wilderness?
Author John Hausdoerffer discusses the Future of Wildness and his new book "Wildness: Relations of People and Place". Co-edited with Gavin Van Horn from the Center for Humans and Nature, Wildness features creative nonfiction essays that explore the spectrum of wildness found in wilderness areas, on working landscapes, and in urban communities. The book merges culturally diverse voices to delve into the evolution of "wildness," including Hausdoerffer and Van Horn, as well as Gary Snyder, Vandana Shiva, Wes Jackson, Mistinguette Smith, Curt Meine, Julianne Warren, Robert Michael Pyle, Robin Kimmerer, Aaron Abeyta, Winona LaDuke, and Roderick Frazier Nash. “Where ‘wilderness’ has become a divisive term in the environmental community,” explains Hausdoerffer, “’wildness’ has great potential to connect disparate branches of environmentalism.
Sep 18 2017
Rank #10: Dr. Devra Davis: Wake Up! Cell Phones Are Not Toys For Young Children
Dr. Devra Davis founded non-profit Environmental Health Trust in 2007 in Teton County, Wyoming to provide basic research and education about environmental health hazards and promote constructive policies locally, nationally and internationally. She has also authored more than 200 publications in books and journals ranging from the Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association to Scientific American and the New York Times and has written blogs in Freakonomics, Huffington Post, Physicians for Social Responsibility, MomsRising, Oxford University Press and elsewhere. An award-winning scientist and writer, Davis’ work has appeared in more than a dozen languages. (Photo: Courtesy of US Embassy Bogota)
Nov 13 2018
Rank #11: Peter Aguero: Storyteller and Educator who Believes that Everyone has a Story to tell
Peter Aguero was born and raised in the wilds of South Jersey. He is a Moth Grandslam Champion, host of Moth Storylams and an instructor for the Mothshop Community Program. He is also the lead singer of The BTK Band, NYC's Hardest-Drinking Improvised Storytelling Rock Band. Peter loves his Mom.
Jan 24 2018
Rank #12: Lukas Haynes: Strategies For Promoting Bipartisan Solutions To Climate Change
Welcome to the Global Speaker Series. a podcast partnership between the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs (www.jhcga.org).
Lukas Haynes is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board, and Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund. Previously, he was Vice President of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation where he was responsible since 2006 for a philanthropic strategy to mitigate the risks of global warming, invest in low-income New York City communities, and protect human rights. He is also an adjunct associate professor of global affairs and philanthropy at New York University. He was previously New York director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and program officer for international peace and security.
The Global Speaker Series is a podcast partnership between the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs (www.jhcga.org). With the goal of educating and inspiring listeners, the series interviews global thought leaders on relevant issues impacting Wyoming and the world such as the future of energy, the impacts of climate change, trends in business and entrepreneurship, foreign policy, issues impacting global coal communities, and more. Each interview also illuminates each interviewees personal journey as part of their work and passion for what they do.
Jun 04 2019
Rank #13: Alia Ali: Peace… this is what it's all about, isn't it? Or is it war? Or is it power?
Alia Ali (Austria, 1985) is a Yemeni-Bosnian-American multi-media artist. Having traveled to sixty-three countries, lived in seven and grown up among five languages, her most comfortable mode of communication is through image and multi-sensory mediums. Her extensive travels have led her to process the world through interactive experiences. As a child of two linguists, Alia believes that the interpretation of verbal and written language has dis-served particular communities and presents more of a threat than a means of understanding.
Mar 05 2018
Rank #14: Scotty Ratliff: Serving His Native Community, The Wind River Reservation
Scotty Ratliff is a member of the Eastern Shoshone tribe on the Wind River Reservation. Scotty grew up on his family’s horse ranch north of Pavilion, Wyoming. He served in the Wyoming State House as a legislator from 1980 to 1992. In 1990 he received the Human Rights Award from the Wyoming Counseling Association.
He co-authored a school textbook with Janet Flynn on “Tribal Government at the Wind River Reservation.” He has also served as a member of the Wyoming State Council on Juvenile Justice. He has served as the President of the Board for the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame and remains on its Board.
Since 2002 he has served as a special assistant to his friend and former colleague U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, advising on issues at the Wind River Reservation. Ratliff continues his service today as a member of the Shoshone Tribal Economic Board, the Wyoming State Board of Education and the National Advisory Council on Indian Education.
May 28 2019
Rank #15: Sally N. MacNichol Ph.D: Spreading Awareness of Violence and how Teen Dating Violence is on the Rise!
Sally N. MacNichol Ph.D, is Co-Executive Director of CONNECT, a New York City nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice. She has been an antiviolence activist, advocate and educator for over three decades, counseling victims of domestic violence, designing and facilitating empowerment groups for survivors, working with men who batter and abuse, and training hundreds of staff from child welfare programs and community based organizations across New York City’s five boroughs. “We have to address this this issue – interpersonal violence - we live in a pretty abusive society - we tolerate a lot of violence - we love violence in many ways. We should strive to be a peacemakers to live a nonviolent life. I'm really committed to that. I think that we need to change our relationship to violence and it starts in our homes.”
Apr 24 2018
Rank #16: Juan Felipe Herrera: How his Poetry forces us to Confront Society and its Paradoxes
Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Mexican American appointed as the 21st United States Poet Laureate. Herrera grew up in California as the son to migrant farm-workers. His childhood as the son of Mexican immigrants strongly shaped much of his work and he began loving poetry by singing about the Mexican Revolution with his mother. He has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries and expanding the many voices that illuminate our larger American identity. Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University. In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children’s literature.
Nov 21 2017
Rank #17: Author Nanci Turner Steveson: Keeping Your Dreams Alive and Staying Focused
Nanci Turner Steveson writes for middle grade readers and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. One of Nanci’s greatest ambitions is to work with kids and inspire them to become two-fisted readers, like herself, and allow their own creativity to soar through the beauty of creative writing. Nanci is dedicated to getting books into the hands of homeless people, especially in shelters that house children, through her Literacy for Hope Project.
May 03 2018
Rank #18: Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn: YES, Kindness Does Exist, Cultures can Change and You can Help!
New York Times reporters and Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn share their journey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there and how we can learn from others to make a difference. They have written best-selling books: China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power, Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Dec 04 2017
Rank #19: Paul-Gordon Chandler: The Art of Building Bridges Between The East and The West
Paul-Gordon Chandler is an author, interfaith advocate, art curator, social entrepreneur and US Episcopal priest. Having grown up in Senegal, West Africa, he has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East and North Africa in leadership roles within faith-based publishing, ecumenical relief and development agencies and the Episcopal Church Based now out of the Chicago area, he is the Founder and President of CARAVAN, an international peace-building non-profit/NGO that uses the arts to build bridges between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and West. He is also a Canon at All Saints’ Cathedral, Cairo, Egypt and has authored four non-fiction books in the fields of Christian-Muslim relations, Global Christianity and the Middle East.
Feb 15 2018
Rank #20: Tori Sanders: Winning, Losing and the Power of Playing Games
"This game can't create world peace but my goal is to create a classroom environment where everyone feels heard" Tory Victoria (Tory)Sanders is a game designer who believes that history can and must be harnessed to inform sustainable policy into the future. Ms. Sanders has a BA in Comparative Politics, and a MA in Peace Education from the UN’s University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. She has worked as a migrant fruit-picker in New Zealand, she’s studied Astanga Yoga in Mysore, South India, and she’s walked through a minefield in Laos. Strangely, none of these activities prepared her for raising two boys. Ms. Sanders lives in Jackson, Wyoming with her husband, AJ, and their two sons.
Jun 06 2018