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Speaker Spotlight: Anneliese Singh

When Anneliese Singh looks at people, she doesn’t just see the surface role they fill, the gender or demographic “categories.” Instead, she sees what they’ve experienced: Stereotypes, judgments, biases and misunderstandings. But she also sees the resilience they’ve gained from facing those challenges. She especially recognizes the resilience developed by those in the trans community, which […]

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Speaker Spotlight: James Beasley

James Beasley spends a lot of time answering questions about two-headed animals. As a University of Georgia wildlife ecologist working on a study at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Beasley says one of the first things people routinely ask about is mutations. He is good-natured about these queries and tries to address the […]

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Speaker Spotlight: Heval Mohamed Kelli

There are two directions in life that are important to Dr. Heval Mohamed Kelli: Giving back, and paying forward. Mohamed Kelli and his family depended on others’ kindness and assistance when they immigrated as Kurdish Muslim refugees to Clarkston, Ga., in the 1990s. His father was in poor health, so Mohamed Kelli, who was 17 […]

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Speaker Spotlight: Kathleen Baumgardner

When it comes to volunteering, Kathleen Baumgardner has always been one of the first to ask how she can help. She comes by it honestly: Her parents were lifelong volunteers, and her mother is nearly 90 and still volunteering. “When you see it happen your entire life, it becomes important,” Kathleen says. “You get more […]

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