Sunday, August 28, 2016

Primate and Great Ape Fundraising

We campaigned to raise funds for a single 4-year scholarship for a
deserving Indonesian student as part of the successful Orangutan Caring Scholarship Program through The Orang Utan Republik Foundation. The purpose of the program is to award tuition funding to talented and needy
Indonesian students on a competitive basis enabling them to attend local universities in the fields of Forestry, Biology and Veterinary Science.

We are happy to report that as of 5 December 2017 the scholarship is fully funded! Thank you all for your very generous support. Read the press release here.

To understand the important, ground-level work of the foundation, please watch this short video of Dr. Gary Shapiro, its president.

We participated in this program since it aligns with a number of our core beliefs:
1. Education is the most powerful way to impact culture positively;
2. Deserving and qualified young people should have an education that helps them improve their community;
3. Climate change is a distressing reality that must be acknowledged and addressed on a local as well as a governmental level;
4. Rain forest protection is vital to the wellbeing of future generations globally;
5. Sustainable farming in some regions is a realistic goal;
6. No species, especially not one as close to us as the orangutan, should have become critically endangered because of its habitat loss at our hands. 

For more information about The Orang Utan Republik Foundation, go here:


Gregory F. Tague, Ph.D.
Founder, Evolutionary Studies Collaborative
Editor, ASEBL Journal
General Editor, Bibliotekos

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Some Reading

Our readers might be interested in two books by former Bibliotekos contributors. Patty Somlo’s short story collection, The First to Disappear; and Janyce Stefan-Cole’s new novel, The Detective’s Garden.

1. Here’s what reviewer Jenny Bhatt has to say, in part, about Somlo’s collection. (Full review here)

“The true beauty...of this collection is that each story is an actual ‘story’ - by which, I mean, that each one has something interesting and different to offer. As Mark Haddon recently wrote in his now-famous Guardian article on short stories: ‘I have read too many beige short stories in my life, too many short stories that feel like fivefinger exercises. There are limits to what can happen in the real world. In fiction there are no limits: anything is possible on paper. It seems to me that if you are writing a short story and it is not more entertaining than the stories in that morning's newspaper or that evening's TV news, then you need to throw it away and start again, or open a cycle repair shop.’ These stories are anything but beige. They shimmer with all the colors of the rainbow, and they are definitely more interesting than what goes viral in news or social media these days. It is clear that Somlo writes for the sheer pleasure of writing and storytelling, and that pleasure transfers easily to us, her readers

2. Here are some testimonials praising Stefan-Cole: “A mystery both gruesome and metaphysical, this is a story that entertains while delving into the deepest conundrum of all—the tragedy that make us human.”  -Ed Falco, The Family Corleone. “Fine, suspenseful writing.” -Bob Shacochis, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul. “Dreamlike, ruminative, and filled with questions impossible to answer.”  -Kirkus Reviews. There is also a review from Publishers Weekly here.