Dozens of influential leaders have heard the pleas of mothers and children in developing countries. Raising their voices to inspire a movement to increase healthy pregnancies and lower death rates, Melinda Gates, Kay Warren, Bill Frist, Kimberly Williams Paisley, Michael W. Smith and more speak out about why people of faith must get involved in The Mother and Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope. Almost 287,000 women die each year because of pregnancy and birth complications. Many orphans are left behind in the wake of this tragedy, and without a mother, many of those children die as well. If only enough people knew. We have the resources to prevent this crisis, but we must take action.
Fortunately, Hope Through Healing Hands, a nonprofit organization promoting awareness for healthy mothers and children worldwide, is already spreading the word. Not only can we save lives, reduce abortions, and decrease death rates, but also we can help build healthier, thriving families and bring stability and sustainability to families, communities and nations.
Unseen Cuba Makes its way to Miami’s Historic
Author Marius Jovaiša to Host Art
Presentation, Lecture and Book Signing
MIAMI – March 23, 2015 – On Thursday, April 9,bestselling author and aerial photographer Marius
Jovaiša, in partnership with Miami Dade
College Museum of Art + Design, The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami
Dade College and Books & Books, will make an appearance at Miami’s historic
Freedom Tower as part of an inaugural event for a highly-anticipated book
signing tour of Unseen Cuba. With
more than six book signing stops throughout Miami, Miramar and Tampa, Florida
and numerous notable media interviews lined up, the event serves as the
official launch for the tour that has piqued the interest of many Cuban
Americans and art enthusiasts alike. Following a successful press junket and
book launch, which took place in Miami earlier this year, the historic venue
and significant Cuban beacon serves as the perfect nexus for the esteemed book
that made history.
As the first and only artist to have received permission from the
Cuban government to fly over the country and photograph it, the Lithuanian
author will present his book of extraordinary never-before-seen aerial photos
of Cuba, taken from an ultralight aircraft. The world-renowned author and photographer will display
large prints of the aerial photos found inside his book, while presenting a
lecture detailing his journey and five-year project. The event will be followed
by personalized book signings by Jovaiša.
is a privilege to present my book at Miami’s Freedom Tower, a place of merit
and powerful history,” says the author. “I put my heart into this project and
hope to share the beauty and culture of Cuba from up above, offering people a
different perspective as never-before-seen.”
Unseen Cuba is Marius’ fifth large-format book, the
others being Magic Cancun & Riviera Maya, Heavenly Yucatan,
Heavenly Belize and Unseen Lithuania, a best-selling book that
spotlights his native country.
event will take place on Thursday, April 9 from 6-8 p.m.
About Unseen Cuba:
The bestselling author of Unseen Lithuania and other aerial
photography guides covering Belize, Cancún and the Yucatán, Lithuanian aerial
photographer and publisher Marius Jovaiša invites you on an unprecedented
photographic journey that captures the breathtaking vistas of Cuba as never
seen before. As the first artist to receive permission from the Cuban
Government to fly over the country and photograph it, he brings you
extraordinary panoramas taken from an ultralight aircraft. Jovaiša canvasses
the island, from the fertile valleys of Pinar del Río in the west to the
historic city of Baracoa in the east, where Columbus landed. Explore ancient
villages, idyllic beaches, cities frozen in time and picturesque La Habana.
Celebrate the tropical exuberance, bucolic chard and natural grandeur that
characterize the largest island of the Caribbean s Greater Antilles. Discover Unseen Cuba. For more information,
please visit www.unseencuba.com.
About MDC Museum of Art +
MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) is Miami Dade College’s
flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art
and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami
Dade College in downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the
appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct
engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive
permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum
presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose,
educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR WRITING AND LITERATURE AT MIAMI DADE COLLEGE
The Center for Writing and Literature
at Miami Dade College promotes reading, writing and theatre throughout South
Florida through activities open to the public. Its Generation Genius programs
for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing
program has national appeal, with courses taught by local and visiting authors.
In 2012, the Center celebrated its tenth year with a renewed commitment to
the advancement of literary arts. The Center collaborates with a number of
cultural institutions and other partners in South Florida, and throughout the
Anne Frank wrote her diary. A yawn. Alex Haley wrote about his roots. A snooze. The Bible. What a bore! But what do all these have in common? That’s obvious. They’re not funny and the people they wrote about aren’t current. Where’s Bieber? Jolie? Beyonce? That’s who people want to read about and laugh about. Celebrities! And not written by the celebrities themselves. What do they know? If they were smart, they wouldn’t have become celebrities in the first place. Who really knows their stories?
It’s the writer! The guy who was there in the trenches, the guy who made them famous in the first place. Actors and actresses didn’t write their lines. It was the writer!
Who knew these stars before they became egomaniacs? Before they even knew the difference between Calistoga or Evian? The difference between dark chocolate or milk? Who told them what to say and how to say it? Writers, writers, writers!
Kenny Solms has seen them all. He wrote and schmoozed with the best of them. Co-creating The Carol Burnett Show in the late 60s, he’s written for practically all of them. (However, he has yet to meet Leonardo DiCaprio). Solms wrote their movies, their TV shows….even their “spontaneous” quotes. From the greats like Jack Benny and George Burns to Willard Scott and downwards. But then back up again. And that’s quite a leap.
He’s the one whose bits Lucille Ball uttered. He got Bill Cosby his laughs. Sure, he made millions doing it and garnered a few Emmys as well, but is he cocky? Not remotely. In this Hollywood “tell-all” book, he documents his rise from the Emmy award-winning “Carol Burnett Show” to his doldrums writing for Hugh Hefner’s “Roller Disco-Rama Plus a Preview of the Playmate of the 80s.” From the booms to the boobs. From the genius of Michael Jackson to the hilarity of Joan Rivers, Solms seems to know everybody. Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Neil Diamond. He’s written for them all. Even the Muppet, Miss Piggy, who he claims was a bitch.
Bits is not a vicious tell-all, but tell all, Kenny does. A funny romp that takes you from Philadelphia to Hollywood. A cruise behind the Hollywood scenes, down the freeways, up the canyons and then some. From variety shows to sitcoms, from big star specials to Broadway, he shares his roller coaster ride from writing tacky one-liners to creating TV classics. And what a ride! Jump in the passenger seat and share it with him.
About the Author:
Kenny Solms is an accomplished comedy writer in both television and theater. He co-created the Carol Burnett Show, wrote and produced many comedy specials with stars including Joan Rivers, Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin, Bing Crosby, Kelsey Grammer and many more.Sills and Burnett at the Met won him the Peabody Award; Burnett Discovers Domingo, the Montreaux Prize and he also wrote and produced the Emmy Award-winning Neil Diamond special, Hello Again. He wrote Lorelei for Broadway production, Perfectly Frank and What the World Needs Now, and off-Broadway, the successful revue It Must be Him.Bits is also available as a comedy album through iTunes and Amazon.Actress, comedian, singer, and writer, Carol Burnett is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show (co-created and written by Kenny Solms), for CBS. She has achieved success on stage, television, and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedy roles.During and after her variety show, Burnett appeared in many television and film projects. Her film roles include Pete 'n' Tillie, The Four Seasons, Annie, Noises Off, and Horton Hears a Who!.On television, she has appeared in other sketch shows; in dramatic roles in 6 Rms Riv Vu, and Friendly Fire; in various well-regarded guest roles, such as in Mad About You, for which she won an Emmy Award; and in specials with Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton, Beverly Sills, and others. She was also on Broadway in 1995 in Moon Over Buffalo, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.
El estudio que presentamos explora la poética de Virgilio Piñera (1912-1979) en diálogo con las tensiones culturales e históricas del contexto en el cual vivió el autor de La isla en peso (1943). Jambrina subraya la relación crítica que Piñera sostuvo con definiciones acerca de la literatura, el concepto de nación y dentro de ella el protagonismo de las subjetividades marginales. Se trata de un acercamiento a la escritura piñeriana desde los estudios culturales, la perspectiva queer y el nuevo historicismo, preguntando por el contenido de lo que Cintio Vitier llamó el vacio en la poesía piñeriana. El resultado es un análisis donde Jesús Jambrina deconstruye los mitos negativos sobre Piñera y propone leer la obra del autor de La vida entera (1969) como un todo en movimiento.
Join Judith Clark, noted London-based curator and exhibition-maker; psychoanalyst and author Adam Phillips; and interviewer and director of LIVE from The New York Public LibraryPaul Holdengräber for a lively conversation about the uses and significance of fashion in today’s culture.
This is a joint program of Fashion Project and Books & Books and sponsored by
Bal Harbour Shops, with the generous support of The Betsy Hotel.
About Fashion Project : Fashion Project is an experimental space in Bal Harbour Shops devoted to curatorial projects and programs that explore fashion and the culture surrounding its design, innovation, production, and consumption. The concept for Fashion Project was developed by Cathy Leff. An initiative of and underwritten by Whitman Family Development and Bal Harbour Shops, Fashion Project is free to the public.
Judith Clark is a groundbreaking independent curator and exhibition-maker who has lectured and published widely on dress display and organized more than 40 exhibitions. Known as one of the most innovative and unconventional curators in her field, she has curated and designed exhibitions on fashion for several museums internationally, among them Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Palazzo Pitti, Florence; and Modemuseum, Antwerp. Her recent projects include collecting, curating, and designing the Simone Handbag Museum in Seoul in 2012 and working with Fondation Louis Vuitton to curate, from the archives of Louis Vuitton, an historic overview. She is a professor of fashion and museology at UAL, London, where she runs the master’s program in fashion curation. In addition, she teaches at the Architectural Association and runs a unit in its History and Theory Department.
Adam Phillips, formerly Principle Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, is a writer and psychoanalyst in private practice. He is author of nineteen books, most recently One Way and Another: New and Selected Essays; and Becoming Freud. He is the co-author with Judith Clark of The Concise Dictionary of Dress and is collaborating with her on a forthcoming exhibition for the Barbican Art Gallery in London.
Paul Holdengräber is the founder and director of LIVE from The New York Public Library which is celebrating in 2015 its 10th year with over 630 events so far. Over the past decade Holdengräber has spoken with everyone from Patti Smith to Zadie Smith, Ricky Jay to Jay-Z, Errol Morris to Jan Morris, Brian Eno to Jessye Norman, Anish Kapoor to Gilberto Gil, William Kentridge to Pete Townshend, Edwidge Danticat to Wes Anderson, Ed Ruscha to Matthew Barney, Javier Marias to Pico Iyer, Christopher Hitchens to Van Cliburn, Alexei Ratmansky to Ben Lerner, Thomas Struth to Rebecca Mead, Spike Lee to Elizabeth Gilbert, Werner Herzog to Mike Tyson.
Holdengräber who sees himself as the curator of public curiosity, is a seasoned interviewer, known for encouraging his guests to step outside their areas of specialization and into wider-reaching discussions. His programs have become known worldwide for providing a forum for cognitive theater, in which audiences can engage with some of the world's most influential public figures.
Una adolescente que ensaya por
primera vez su nueva voz electrónica, la espera interminable de un mítico
escritor desaparecido en una cacería invernal, un bebé misterioso del que todos
hablan y nadie ha visto, una científica entregada a oscuras compulsiones
sexuales. Los personajes que pueblan estas historias interconectadas se mueven
en una América familiar y a la vez extrañamente inquietante. Un mundo de
idílicos suburbios residenciales y autopistas relucientes, sobre el que se
proyecta, sin embargo, la sombra amenazante del Bosque, metáfora de la violencia
latente que anida en nosotros, y depositario de secretos que es mejor no
Las historias de Mientras crece el bosque transcurren en un escenario ambiguo,
retratado mediante un lenguaje visual y rápido, propio del cine o el comic más
actual, en el que la imaginación y la necesidad de contar historias
acaban revelándose como la única vía de salvación frente al dolor y el vacío.
Sobre el autor:
Guillermo Corral van Damme nació en Bilbao en 1971 y se crió entre Suiza, España y Bélgica. Como diplomático ha estado destinado en Turquía, Tanzania y Bruselas, además de ocupar varios puestos de responsabilidad en instituciones como el Ministerio de Cultura o la Fundación Príncipe de Asturias. Desde 2010 es el Consejero Cultural de la Embajada de España en Washington DC. Mientras crece el bosque es su primer libro. Es autor también, junto al dibujante Paco Roca de una novela gráfica de próxima aparición.
Sobre el presentador:
Carlos Gámez-Pérez (Barcelona, 1969), es escritor y profesor. Ha publicado en las revistas SalonKritik, Culturamas y La bolsa de pipas.Es autor de un diario sobre sus vivencias en las cárceles de Nicaragua titulado Managua seis (2002). Ganó IX Premio Cafè Món con la novela Artefactos (2012) y ha sido seleccionado para la antología Emergencias. Doce cuentos iberoamericanos (2013), y para el número 1 de la revista Presencia Humana (2013) dedicado a la nueva narrativa extraña española. En su bitácora personal, El blog de Carlos Gámez, estudia las relaciones entre ciencia y literatura entre otras cosas.
A paperback compilation of poems, essays, articles, and other writings by Andrew Blitman, this book is geared toward high school and college students. "The Blitman Anthology" is designed to be quick and hard-hitting; its lessons originated from the author's personal college experiences. A must-read for Millennials.
About the Author:
Born in Cooper City, Florida, Andrew Blitman has always been
passionate about science, nature, and the environment. He grew up watching the
Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and credits shows like "Wild
Discovery", "Blue Planet", and "Walking with
Dinosaurs" for instilling an intense appreciation for other living things.
As he grew older, he began to study biology and soon became hooked. In the
process, Blitman became a writer. As Blitman studied marine affairs at the
University of Miami from 2008 to 2012, he incorporated science with an intense
desire to help others. In May 2012, he compiled everything he wrote before
graduation into his first book, "The Blitman Anthology". In December
2012, Blitman travelled to Israel for the first time. When he returned, he
wrote and published his second book. "Birthright 2012: A Voyage into the
Heart and Soul of Israel" follows his physical and spiritual journey in
the Land of Milk and Honey. It incorporates anecdotes with science, history,
and poetry, and reads like a journal. Blitman’s goal in life is to help others
realize their potential as they understand the wonders of our beautiful planet.
He firmly believes that individuals have the power to change their
circumstances for the better through hard work, self-awareness, and righteous
determination. In May 2014, Blitman received his Masters of Professional
Science degree from the University of Miami.
In partnership with Books & Books and the University of Miami, Florida Grand Opera will present a discussion and performance looking at contemporary American opera from Menotti to the present. The panelists will be joined by students from the University of Miami and by Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artists to present an interactive performance as the audience journeys from 1950 to 2015.
Alan O. Johnson, Associate Professor, Vocal Performance, and Program Director, University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theater
Karen Henson, Associate Professor, Musicology, at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music
Dr. Julie Maykowski, FGO’s Director of Artistic Administration and Head of the Young Artist Program
With musical performances by University of Miami students and Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artists
One woman's story of how she empowered herself to overcome domestic violence, rebuild her life for herself and her children and ultimately start a successful business that teaches others to the do the same when they re ready to leave corporate America to take the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship.
About the Author:
Founder and CEO of Murphy Life Coaching, LLC, Theresa Murphy is a professional Life and Business Coach who specializes in, career, business and personal development for woman to create success that is balanced, with an emphasis on woman transitioning from Corporate America to entrepreneurship.
As a private practitioner she works with a broad spectrum of clients, where goals are designed for a one on one personal experience. In addition to being a Professional Life Coach, She has also presented nationally to general audiences speaking on the topics of domestic violence.
With a 20 year career in Human Resources, specializing in employee relations and mediations, she has acquired the knowledge and leadership skills to work effectively with people from all walks of life. As a collaborative, solution-focused Life and Business Coach. Through this approach, she provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal and career life challenges. She also integrates coaching techniques and helpful assignments to offer a highly-personalized program tailored to all of her clients. With compassion and understanding, she works with you to help build on your strengths and attain the personal and professional growth you are committed to achieving.
Throughout her career she had a more personal fulfillment, so she furthered her education by attending International Coach Federation where she gained her wealth of knowledge in consulting and executive coaching. After 2 years of brainstorming and her own personal life triumphs, she started her own coaching practice with proven success strategies in helping people achieve life goals. Theresa also owns and runs TAC Personnel Inc., a small HR consulting firm in Charlotte, NC based out of Washington, DC that provides HR consulting to start-up and small businesses. She feels fortunate to have found her calling and she is passionate about making a difference in other peoples' lives.
The author ofLast Train to Paradisetells the story of the largest public water project ever created—William Mulholland’s Los Angeles aqueduct—a story of Gilded Age ambition, hubris, greed, and one determined man who's vision shaped the future and continues to impact us today.
In 1907, Irish immigrant William Mulholland conceived and built one of the greatest civil engineering feats in history: the aqueduct that carried water 223 miles from the Sierra Nevada mountains to Los Angeles—allowing this small, resource-challenged desert city to grow into a modern global metropolis. Drawing on new research, Les Standiford vividly captures the larger-then-life engineer and the breathtaking scope of his six-year, $23 million project that would transform a region, a state, and a nation at the dawn of its greatest century.
With energy and colorful detail, Water to the Angels brings to life the personalities, politics, and power—including bribery, deception, force, and bicoastal financial warfare—behind this dramatic event. At a time when the importance of water is being recognized as never before—considered by many experts to be the essential resource of the twenty-first century—Water to the Angels brings into focus the vigor of a fabled era, the might of a larger than life individual, and the scale of a priceless construction project, and sheds critical light on a past that offers insights for our future.
Water to the Angels includes 8 pages of photographs.
About the Author:
LES STANDIFORD is the bestselling author of twenty books, including Bringing Adam Home, the John Deal mystery series, and the works of narrative history The Man Who Invented Christmas (a New York Times Editor's Choice) and Last Train to Paradise. He is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Kimberly, a psychotherapist and artist.