Monday, November 24, 2008

Coming Soon to a Backyard Near You

It's almost here... the 2009 Backyard Abolitionist Tour with Not For Sale founder David Batstone and in-house artist Brant Christopher. This January, Dave and Brant will be hitting the road hard to recruit and inspire Abolitionists across the US.

These fast-paced and interactive shows will be like a movie on stage... live music, dynamic media, and a powerful message of freedom for the captives. These events are a remarkable way to spread awareness, motivate the community, and launch an Abolitionist movement in your area.

How to bring the movement to your school:

Universities - These dynamic evening events will jump-start a student movement on your campus. The shows have a sliding price scale - $2500 for small private schools and $5000 for large public universities. Prices within that range are negotiable dependent on components of the show.

High Schools - These exciting daytime events are interactive and engaging for students. They happen as an appendage to other scheduled events in the area, and are $500 per event. If you are wanting to bring NFS to your high school, consider partnering with your local church or a university.

For more information, you can download the Backyard Abolitionist pdf HERE

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Better than Madonna

We just returned from Houston, TX for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) meeting. We had a great time meeting with social studies teachers, and talking to them about what they are teaching, and what books they are using in the classroom. We were glad to find that some of our books continue to be favorites. We brought with us some of our new books that we feel will fit nicely into the social studies curriculum, namely Not For Sale by David Batstone, and Letters to a Bullied Girl by Olivia Gardner and Emily and Sarah Buder. Both books were very well recieved, along with accompanying teaching materials which will be available for download soon.

The highlight of the weekend was Sunday's keynote speaker, our own author, Dr. Howard Zinn. Author of the well-known, and widely used A People's History of the United States, Dr. Zinn was quite a draw. One young social studies teacher said upon meeting Dr. Zinn that she was going to see Madonna in concert that night, but that meeting and hearing Dr. Zinn was "even better than Madonna." We certainly agree. Look for a summary of his speech in an upcoming NCSS newlsetter.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

AAR Report

I've just gotten back from the American Academy of Religion's annual conference--which took place in Chicago.

I wasn't surprised that our two most requested books were The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins and The Green Bible.

Philip Jenkins, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities in History and Religious Studies at Penn State University, gives us a history, revealing that, for centuries, Christianity's center was actually in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, with significant communities extending as far as China.

"Philip Jenkins’s book is a tour de force in historical retrieval and reconstruction, a work of scholarly restoration that strikes an overdue balance in the story of Christianity. It is studded with insight, with the story presented in a lively and lucid style."
— Lamin Sanneh, Professor of World Christianity and Professor of History, Yale University

To request a desk copy, please use the form under Academic Resources in the right-hand column.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ken Davis on the Today Show

Don't miss Ken Davis on The Today Show. The charming author of the Don't Know Much About series will be on The Today Show tomorrow, November 5th to discuss little-known trivia about the new President-elect and to quiz Today Show hosts about presidential history.

And since today is Election Day, here is a video of Ken Davis sharing trivia about the Electoral College. Happy Voting!