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8.6.19

Straight Arrow PR is pleased to announce that Dr. Jonathan D. T. Ward, author of the highly praised new book China’s Vision of Victory, is now available for public speaking.

Dr. Ward has been studying the rise of China for more than a decade.  From travels with truck caravans in Tibet and across the South China Sea by cargo ship in his early twenties, to accessing Communist Party archives, now closed to the world, while working on his PhD at Oxford, he provides critical, timely insight on US-China relations not found anywhere else.

According to Ward, “China’s leaders envision a turning point in history, the breaking up of the American-led global order, and the vanquishing of American power in the Pacific and beyond.  Only when China has returned to its seat at the head of all nations, both in Asia and around the world, as the supreme power of the 21st Century, can the ‘great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation’ as China’s leaders call it, then be complete.”

Dr. Ward is prepared to comment on:

  • “The long-range Chinese global economic strategy which is on track to surpass the U.S. in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantum computing, information technology, robotics, shipping, aerospace, and biotechnology.”
  • “How China competes effectively in the global marketplace by coordinating diplomats, businesses, scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs, intelligence services, universities, and all other instruments of state and society into an overarching grand strategy.” 
  • “China’s global military strategy and its ‘Civil Military Fusion’ program which aims to develop the world’s most advanced military by building on decades of economic engagement with the United States.”

China’s Vision of Victory brings the reader to a new understanding of China’s grand-scale planning and ambitions.  From seabed to space, from Africa to Antarctic, from subsurface warfare to the rise of China’s global corporations, this book illuminates the greatest challenge – the Chinese Communist Party’s ambition to end the American-led world and to bring about a century defined by Chinese power.

 

8.1.19

Publicity abounds about episodic campus speech disinvitations, disruptions, safe spaces, and bias response teams.  University of Maryland Professor George La Noue believes the more serious problem is the widespread avoidance of controversial public policy debates and forums.  In his new book, Silenced Stages: The Loss of Academic Freedom and Campus Policy Debates, he writes “The barking dog of censorship usually creates attention, but if he just silently patrols the fences of acceptable campus discourse, nothing may be heard in the vacuum created.”

On July 30, 2019 before an audience of higher education representatives, journalists, and donors, the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC launched Silenced Stages.  The book is based on a study which focused on 97 campuses and 28 law schools enrolling almost a million students.  It finds, that except for a few wealthy campuses with research institutes, and some law schools, few campuses offer a menu of balanced public policy debates or forums to prepare their students to be informed citizens.

Straight Arrow PR is pleased to announce that Professor La Noue is now available for interviews, public speaking, and seminars to explore this subject.

George La Noue, Ph.D. is a distinguished educator and author who has been influential in the development of national and state education policies for over 40 years.  In recognition of his expertise, he has been invited to testify before the U.S. Congress and numerous state commissions.

La Noue has been a Professor of Political Science and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1973.  Previously, he served as Director of the joint Ph.D. Program on politics and education of Columbia University and Teachers College.

 

6.20.19

We are now in hurricane season which runs from June through November.  These mega-storms are especially dangerous because they impact a larger geographical area and strike along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts where the population is higher.

Among the hurricane experts in America who have studied and reported on these phenomena, there has been growing concern that these occurrences may become more destructive due to the effect of global warming.

To offer insights on this subject, Straight Arrow PR is pleased to announce that award-winning journalist and author Willie Drye is now available for interviews.

Drye has reported on hurricanes in the U.S. for decades and is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and objective journalists on the subject.  He is also the author of the soon to be released Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 (Lyons Press August 2019 revised edition).

In 2005, Drye launched National Geographic’s extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina for their News division.  His stories attracted millions of readers and set records for page views.  In the aftermath of Katrina, Drye wrote about the unprecedented devastation and the political fallout for the Washington Post Sunday Outlook and the History News Network.

In 2007, Willie Drye wrote about how Key West and the Florida Keys would likely be affected by a major hurricane for Key West Magazine.  The stories won a first place Charlie Award for Public Service from the Florida Magazine Association in 2007.

 

5.23.19

Straight Arrow PR is pleased to announce that Douglas Kelbaugh, Professor and Dean Emeritus at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, is now available for interviews.  Kelbaugh is the author of the highly praised new book The Urban Fix: Resilient Cities in the War Against Climate Change, Heat Islands and Overpopulation (Routledge 2019).

According to Professor Kelbaugh:

  • The Urban Fix reveals how urban design, planning and policies have minimized the level of heat released in homes, commercial buildings, and city spaces.”
  • “Ironically, the extreme heat generated in heavily populated urban centers raises awareness of the global warming danger and makes it easier to persuade the citizenry to take action.”
  • “Fortunately, ‘heat islands’ can be addressed in incremental, manageable steps, such as planting trees and painting roofs white. This allows local officials, as well as residential and business owners, to take meaningful steps to combat global warming.”

The Urban Fix fills a void in the international dialogue on climate change by highlighting the environmental advances that can be made by both developed and developing countries at the appropriates scales.  It’s the first book to directly connect climate change, heat islands and global overpopulation.  Finally, The Urban Fix provides citizens practical ways to protect their communities against this triple threat and increases the number of effective activists worldwide.

 

3.25.19

Congratulations to Hilarie Gamm for her personal lobbying effort on behalf of  U.S. tech workers who have been mistreated by their employers.

Hilarie, who is the author of the highly praised book Billions Lost: The American Tech Crisis and The Road Map to Change, has been on conference calls and met with staff members of several U.S. Senators in an effort to educate them on the problem.

Ms. Gamm has provided important insights on the following:

  • The dire consequences for the remaining U.S. middle class from the outsourcing of millions of American tech jobs to India, Philippines, China, Mexico and other nations.
  • The growth and abuse of H-1/L1/F1 and other types of visas which has resulted in American white-collar professionals being replaced by foreign labor.
  • How qualified American college graduates, especially women, and those over 40, have been quietly replaced by foreign workers located in nations with limited labor standards and weak environmental laws.
  • The ease at which U.S. data driven industries are now exiting the U.S., hampering innovation in health care, financial services, education and artificial intelligence.

Despite the massive accrued economic damage and the momentum to maintain a harmful status quo, Gamm remains optimistic that by reporting on the crisis, identifying the causes and recommending remedies, change is possible.

One of Ms. Gamm’s recommendations involves passing DATA MUST STAY laws similar to what has been mandated in the European Union, Australia, China, India and other nations.  This kind of policy change would bring back hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Straight Arrow PR has supported Hilarie’s effort by sending her press release to Congressional staffers and other influential political players.  In addition to telling her story and providing biographical information, the release highlights Ms. Gamm’s success in generating media coverage.

 

1.7.19

Recently, a client asked us to send his public speaking press release to a few large foundations.  We assumed he was hoping to generate an invitation to speak at one of their conferences or motivate them to organize a new event.  Although this was part of the reason for the request, he mentioned that his primary purpose was to make “a good first impression” because he planned to apply for a research grant at a later date.

To his credit, our client realized that his press release described his existing book and biography in a concise and compelling manner.  Also, he realized the pitch made it clear that he was involved with media interviews and public speaking – two activities that he knew would favorably impress foundations.

For clients seeking to be introduced to organizations beyond media entities and public speaking forums, Straight Arrow PR is always glad to send the latest press release.

 

11.5.18

Fortunately, there are radio programs here in the U.S. that feature high quality long-form interviews (30-45 minutes).  The nationally syndicated Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon is one of the best.  Francesca has interviewed many Straight Arrow PR clients.  UC Professor Fred L. Block and University of Richmond Research Professor Steve Nash (Grand Canyon for Sale) will be interviewed in December and January.  These sessions will be available on the 25 radio stations that broadcast Writer’s Voice.

IdeaSphere with Guy Rathbun is another outstanding radio program that produces long-form interviews.  Based at KCBX in California, the show is broadcast across central California with large numbers of listeners in Santa Babara and San Louis Obisbo.  IdeaSphere is also made available to NPR stations across America.  Straight Arrow PR clients who have been interviewed on the program recently include Peter L.P. Simpson, professor of philosophy and classics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, University of Richmond Research Professor Steve Nash (Grand Canyon for Sale) and former Dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (Liberating Minds).

 

9.10.18

University of Richmond Professor Stephen Nash (Grand Canyon for Sale: Public Lands Versus Private Interests in the Era of Climate Change) will be speaking at the Cambridge Forum (Boston) on Wednesday September 19th at 7 PM.  The session is open to the public.

Nash reports:  “The gates have opened for miners, drillers, loggers, grazers, and other industries that benefit from an even richer deal and fewer restrictions as they plunder federal public lands — privatizing what should be publicly owned wealth.  The largest beneficiaries of hugely subsidized grazing, mining, and oil and gas extraction include multi-millionaires and billionaires like the Koch brothers, who are on Forbes’ list of the ten wealthiest people on the planet.  For just the 2016 election, they donated $150 million to political candidates who oppose government regulation that might inhibit their investments, and the damage they cause on public land.”

 

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