WNBA’s New UN Youth Rep: Shimma Almabruk

by Shimma Almabruk

I am a graduate student at Pace University’s MS in Publishing Program and the upcoming UN Youth Representative for the WNBA. Upon my acceptance into the program, I was awarded two merit-based scholarships: the President’s Graduate Scholarship and the David J. Pecker Publishing Scholarship. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pace University with a BA in Communication Studies. In 2015, I joined the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society as one of Pace’s top 10% of students. During my undergraduate studies, I focused on and wrote research papers that pertained to how media affected and shaped consumers’ perceptions about the outside world, especially Muslims. Since then, I have developed an interest in activism and publishing.

Born and raised in Libya, and as a daughter of a diplomat, I have always aspired to work in the United Nations. I am extremely thrilled and honored to have been given the opportunity to serve as the Youth Representative for WNBA. I consider this opportunity as the starting point for accomplishing my dreams. I look forward to broadening my knowledge about global issues discussed in the UN briefings and to effectively report them back to WNBA.

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“When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”

Toni Morrison, in an interview for O: The Oprah Magazine

Toni Morrison is an American author, editor, literary critic, playwright, and professor. She has won numerous honorable literary and humanitarian distinctions throughout her life, such as the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Morrison’s focus on the black experience in America, as well as her refusal to include the white gaze in her works or to write for a white reading audience, is something she credits to making her works standout amongst other writers.

Morrison’s most notable works of fiction include The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Beloved, and her most recently published work God Help the Child. Some of her noteworthy nonfiction titles are Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary ImaginationBirth of a Nation’hood, and Burn This Book

Publishers Weekly JobZone Relaunch

Publishers Weekly (PW) is a fundamental source of news happening in the book, magazine, and digital media publishing industries—and it’s now once again a helpful site to consult when looking for jobs.

PW has recently announced the relaunch of JobZone, an online job board aiming to assist employers looking to hire and employees looking to be hired. The site features a place to upload and search through resumes, shares resume building techniques and interview tips, and gives email notifications that alert users to specific jobs or locations for openings.

JobZone’s mission is to streamline the process of searching for jobs and applicants in publishing, which is a useful given the nature of their brand. Truly, PW JobZone has made everything about searching for jobs that much more convenient and less stressful for all parties.

Link of the Week: NYC Wix Lounge

 The Wix Lounge in New York City is a membership-based program that offers space to hosts events, exhibits, and collaborations, as well as workshops, online website assistance, and other support for professionals in young, growing businesses.

The Wix Lounge caters to individuals and groups who need space to work or guidance to incorporate technology into their marketing plans. While useful for smaller visions, Wix has about 90 million users worldwide and operating out of 190 countries, allowing them a firsthand understanding of global outreach to better assist larger projects. Though they do emphasize providing in-person workspace access in Manhattan, Wix also gives members access to website building that doesn’t rely on a knowledge of coding and help with how to lay it out. This is a great company for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and free-lancers to consider signing up for because of the amount of services and aid that Wix gives to members.

Pace Library: A Useful Resource for Grad Work

While writing and researching papers for graduate courses, a useful resource to keep in mind is the Pace Library. Offering digital archives exclusive to Pace students, extensive journal and article databases, and an easy-to-navigate book catalogue, the library is perfect for discovering academic works and sources to help with kind of assignment. The library offers private study rooms, hosts events for students, and offers research guides and video support.

Located at the main campus downtown, the library can also be accessed through the tabs on your Blackboard page.

Link of the Week: Making the Library of Congress More Accessible

A little over a year into her position as the 14th Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden continues to make content digitization and social media outreach of the Library of Congress priorities.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, filled with an impressive archive of magazines, books, and documents from the lives of prominent Americans dating back to its founding in 1800. Though it’s open to the public, nothing in the library may be taken out. To make library materials more accessible to the public, Hayden has doubled-down on continuing work with The Internet Archive in their ongoing efforts to digitize the contents of their library (so far they’re a little over 16 years into the process). Some of their most famous collections to be scanned online so far range from the Rosa Park Papers to the Abraham Lincoln Papers.

She also has made it a point to have more of a social media presence to include more people in what goes on at the national library, something new for a Librarian of Congress.

In a role historically given to white men, Hayden is the first black woman to be the Librarian of Congress, something that has given her the title of “radical librarian”—though she thinks that a woman holding this position reflects the workforce (85% of librarians are women) and that “leading the largest symbol of knowledge in the world is quite momentous” as a black woman when black people have historically been denied the right to read and were punished for doing so. Hayden’s achievements and dedication to this prestigious job is something she hopes will inspire black children that they can succeed in any area they feel passionate about.

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“Change requires intent and effort. It really is that simple.”

Roxane Gay, “Beyond the Measure of Men,” Bad Feminist

Roxane Gay is an essayist, writer, editor, public speaker, and professor. Gay has made a name for herself for her exemplary essay collections on feminism, namely works she featured in Bad Feminist. Some of her other works are fiction novels An Untamed State and short story collection Difficult Women.

Gay is also one of the writers for Marvel’s comic series Black Panther: World of Wakanda along with poet Yona Harvey, and together they are the first black women to be lead writers for Marvel.

In between books and tours, Gay shares her poetry, links various works,and shares her thoughts on a wide array of topics on her personal blog.

Honoring Coretta Scott King

American social, political, civil and human rights activist Coretta Scott King dedicated her life to protesting and speaking out against racism and discrimination. Alongside with her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., she was able to solidify herself as a role model for black rights and equal opportunities. Some of Ms. King’s most famous civil rights work in America included being involved with the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helping to pass the Civil Rights Act. She founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in honor of her husband and their shared philosophies.

Throughout her life, Ms. King also brought awareness to social issues by contributing articles, news columns, and other related writings to and for the public. Recently, a letter she wrote in 1986 has been featured in the news. You can read the letter in its entirety here.

Another notable work by Ms. King is her memoir, My Life, My Love, My Legacy.

She also wrote about Dr. King’s relationship with her, their children, his historic moments, and other related insights in My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Internship: Writers House

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The Writers House Intern Program is searching for applicants for Summer 2017. Please take note of the following to see if this internship is the right opportunity for you:

  • Applicants who advance to the interview rounds are required to review at least one manuscript and compose a reader’s report. It isn’t unusual for applicants to compose 2 or 3 different reader’s reports.
  • Each term is 16 weeks. (No more, no less)
  • Interns are accepted with the mutual understanding they are committing at least 8 weeks to the program and won’t actively seek employment (in or out of publishing) during those weeks. Interns may put Writers House on their resume and begin seeking work in publishing after the successful completion of Week.
  • All interns are required to work 24 hours a week (No more, no less).
  • All interns work between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • All interns rotate into shifts in Accounting/ Contracts, the Front Desk, and serve on a Digital Team.
  • All interns participate in the weekly Intern Meetings where they learn both the editorial process (from the purview of an agency) and how to effectively search-out and apply for publishing jobs. The Intern Meetings are on Wednesday, from 4-6pm; so, Wednesday is a mandatory day for all interns.
  • Interns also receive Tutorials on a variety of publishing-specific skill sets and subjects. These Tutorials are facilitated over by senior agents, junior agents, assistants, and senior staff.
  • In the Evening Seminars, former interns return to discuss their careers in editorial, production, publicity, marketing, sales, scouting, and agenting.
  • One-on-One sessions are regularly scheduled to make certain the intern is progressing.

Students interested in the position should send their materials as soon as possible to:
Michael Mejias
Director, Writers House Intern Program
mmejias@WritersHouse.com