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BRo Guest Authors

It’s not unusual for authors to come and go. Guest authors range from collegiate interns to writers who will be contributing for a short stint of time. Guest authors might also have a series in mind. Authors are encouraged to submit their ideas to BRO (Buffalo Rising Online), upon which time we will work with the writer towards a productive end.

Author: Gabrie’l J Atchison Niagara River, Buffalo River, The Outer Harbor, Scajaquada, Eighteen Mile Creek, and the Cayuga River – the water and surrounding ecosystems of the Buffalo-Niagara region are part of our identity. We are fortunate to live adjacent to the Great Lakes – the earth’s largest fresh water ecosystem – and so much breathtaking natural beauty. Diverse, First Nation people were drawn to this area of the country – a place rich in resources and spiritual significance. Africans in America arrived as part of the Underground Railroad and the Great Migration. Welcoming immigration and labor policies drew Mexican…

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Author: Gabrie’l J. Atchison On November 19th, 2020, scholars in the field of Afrofuturism and Black Utopia gathered for a virtual conversation about the role of Black Utopian thought within African American history, and its importance for our current inflection point on race relations. The panel was organized and facilitated by Dr. Victoria W. Wolcott, Professor of History at the University of Buffalo and was presented by the UB Humanities Institute in conjunction with Humanities New York (Buffalo Humanities Festival: Utopia digital programming for 2020-2021). Dr. Wolcott is the author of a forthcoming publication, Living in the Future: Utopianism and…

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I love getting texts from Buffalo expats who still have fond memories of their hometown, especially during the holidays. The other day, Alex Ramsey sent me an email introducing himself as a devout Buffalonian who has been living in Texas since 1977. My first thought was “Oh man, here’s a guy who fled the city in the wake of the Blizzard of ’77.” But instead of going down that “cold and blizzardy” conversational road, I preferred to be led down a more festive trail filled with a treasure trove of indelible memories that Ramsey had retained after all of these…

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Author: Charlotte Hsu, Sciences, Economic Development @ UB As families across Western New York look for engaging activities to do together at home, here’s an idea for the first Saturday in November: Spend the morning watching live science demos by University at Buffalo students, including one that uses a frozen, ripe banana to hammer a nail. Then, at noon, learn about black holes from an engineer from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The event — Science and Engineering Exploration Day — will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom on Saturday, Nov. 7. It’s part of the…

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Author: Hank Olejniczak The government of Ontario has committed to bringing daily commuter rail utilizing the Go Trains to connect Toronto and Niagara Falls by 2022. Buffalo and Western New York has a once in a lifetime opportunity if local leadership steps forward and acknowledges the potential benefits that now presents itself. The potential this offers has already spurred a significant increase in construction in the Niagara region of Ontario. Establishing a commuter line using the existing Amtrak right of way that runs along the Niagara River and through Downtown Buffalo to a restored Central Terminal would offer unlimited opportunities…

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Author: Jean Hess A Chiavettia’s chicken BBQ will be held this Tuesday, September 15 as part of an ongoing fundraising effort to preserve the tower at historic First Presbyterian Church, an anchor on Symphony Circle. The building was erected in 1893 and is home to an active congregation, Explore Buffalo, and many nonprofit organizations. The 168’ tower is showing its wear! The congregation and One Symphony Circle, a 501C3 dedicated to the preservation of the Medina sandstone building, have been raising funds to preserve the tower. Matching NYS Preservation grants and others totaling $458K have been received for about half…

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Author: Jeff Z. Klein Long before the Toronto Blue Jays came here, Buffalo served as place of refuge for displaced major league sports teams in hockey and football. With the Jays at the halfway point of their Sahlen Field tenancy, it’s a good time to remember the other big league teams from far away that found a temporary home in the Queen City. NFL clubs from Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia played as the home team in regular-season games at Civic Stadium, better remembered as War Memorial Stadium. NHL teams from Chicago and Pittsburgh played regular-season games at the hockey Bisons’…

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Author: Caila Wagar, Community Health Advocate, Healthy Communities 2030 During a time of so much uncertainty – one thing is certain; children need to stay active. As the pandemic continues to surge across America, more school districts are opting to some form of remote learning. With remote learning comes a lack of critical resources otherwise provided by the school, such as physical education classes. How important is physical education for children? According to the CDC, when students participate in physical education, their grades and standardized test scores improve, they stay on-task better in the classroom, and increase their overall physical…

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Author: Dan Schwartz I recently ran into my friend Rocky on his way to a local media appearance. “The past is the future!” pronounced Rock. “Haven’t you heard about the new plan to revitalize Western New York?” “I almost can’t wait to hear it,” I said looking at my watch. “Aren’t you kind of late?” “That’s okay, I’ve already been on three times today. Anyway, rumor is they’re going to reopen Bethlehem Steel! Remember how when we were kids you didn’t have to go to college? You could just go to one of the steel plants and voila! You got…

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Author: Jeff Z. Klein My mother was from Toronto, which makes me not too unusual around here, considering all the Buffalonians with a Canadian parent, family member, spouse, loved one or ex. So I’m pretty sure none of us need to be reminded how close the relationship is, was and always will be between WNY and the GTA. But for those Buffalonians who have no relationship with Toronto — and in honor of the Blue Jays finding a home and refuge at Sahlen Field — here are just some of the deep connections between the 6 and the 716: SPot…

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