macarthur foundation genius

Quantum astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala made BIG NEWS this year when she and her team of scientists detected gravitational waves in space, proving Albert Einstein’s theory that these waves existed.  As an LGBTQ Pakistani woman and mother, Nergis has said that being an outsider has made her “less constrained by the rules”.  In 2010, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.  Today we honor her as a feminst badass who’s making history!


Shahzia Sikander is one of the contemporary art world’s most celebrated stars. She’s projecting her hypnotic video installations onto Times Square billboards; she’s led exhibitions at major art museums across the world; and she was recognized by the MacArthur Foundation as a “genius” fellow in 2006. The Pakistani-born artist says art has always been a “ticket to life,” but what distinguishes Sikander’s art from her contemporaries is her training in a centuries-old handmade form of Islamic art — the bejeweled world of Indo-Persian miniature paintings.

Breaking The Mold: Artist’s Modern Miniatures Remix Islamic Art

Images: Courtesy of Shahzia Sikander

Hello everyone im Karen and ill be posting every other Sunday.

So i am a big fan of movies but, who isn’t? So for this lazy sunday ill leave you here a list of movies, with a link for the trailer, that in my opinion are great and you should watch them (not in any particular oder). They all can be found to watch on the internet.

  1. Ruby Sparks Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely shocked that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.
  2. Kings of summer is about three teenage friends - Joe, Patrick and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio - who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family - whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create - is something you can’t run away from.
  3. Jesus Henry Christ 10-year-old boy genius Henry and his single mother Patricia, who works at the local university’s cafeteria. A misfit from birth, Henry gets kicked out of school for writing “Manifestos on the Nature of Truth.” Meanwhile, 12-year-old Audrey has her own problems because of her single father, university professor Dr. Slavkin O'Hara , who used her as the test subject for his best-selling book Born Gay or Made that Way? Needless to say, she gets a not-so-nice nickname from her classmates. When Henry scores a scholarship to the university as a child prodigy, the two families cross paths and everything they knew about their lives is thrown to the wind.
  4. Safety not guaranteed When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.
  5. Dear lemon lima Vanessa gets a dose of reality when Philip, her one true love, ends their relationship, again. The quirky teen enrolls in his school to win him back, but ends up making matters worse. Downgraded to social outcast, Vanessa struggles to reclaim Phillip’s affection. Luckily, when Vanessa is declared a captain for the school’s Snowstorm Survivor competition, she assembles a team of likeminded misfits to prove they deserve to compete and hopefully win her love’s heart again.
  6. Moonrise kingdom Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.
  7. Silver linings playbook Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat has lost everything - his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after eight months in a state institution. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
  8. Little miss sunshine When a very charismatic seven-year-old, Olive, voices her desire to take home the winner of the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams. Despite early career success as an outspoken motivational speaker, family patriarch Richard continues to cling to his “Refuse to Lose” philosophy, much to the chagrin of his increasingly annoyed spouse, Sheryl. Add into the mix a teenage son who has taken a vow of silence until he finds his fate as a fighter pilot; a horny, heroin-happy grandfather; and a suicidal genius still reeling about losing both his male lover and his MacArthur Foundation genius grant - and the stage is set for a road trip in which sanity is sure to take the back seat.
  9. Where the wild things are Where the Wild Things Are follows the adventures of a young boy named Max as he enters the world of the Wild Things, a race of strange and enormous creatures who gradually turn the young boy into their king.
  10. Jeff who lives at home  On his way to the store to buy wood glue, Jeff looks for signs from the universe to determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. Jeff just may find the meaning of his life…and if he’s lucky, pick up the wood glue as well.

my list of movies to watch here

Hope you like it!


The MacArthur genius grant people are giving $25 million to change the prison system

The MacArthur Foundation, which gives generous “genius grants” every year, announced Wednesday it’s providing nearly $25 million in grants to help 20 jurisdictions across the country to rehaul their jail systems. 

Eleven jurisdictions will receive between $1.5 million and $3.5 millions, while nine will be given $150,000 grants. With help from expert advisers they’ll pursue plans they pitched to the MacArthur Foundation on how to reduce their jail populations and make them fairer to marginalized communities. How they’ll do it.

The 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant Winners For Science

Every year the MacArthur Foundation gives out grants to people that are helping to make our world a better place. Here are the 2015 winners of the MacArthur grants in the category of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math .



Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the award-winning author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, as well as the collection of short stories The Thing Around Your Neck. She was a 2008 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.

Beyond her writing, Adichie is known for her widely-viewed TEDx talks “The Danger of a Single Story” and “We should all be feminists”, the latter which was sampled and further popularized by Beyoncé‘s 2013 track “***Flawless”.

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Octavia E. Butler, born in Pasadena, California, The United States June 22, 1947 died February 24, 2006.

Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.


The MacArthur “genius grants” were announced just after midnight. Winners include cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel, playwright Samuel D. Hunter, translator and poet Khaled Mattawa and poet Terrance Hayes.

Alison Bechdel was commended for “expanding the expressive potential of the graphic form in intricate narratives that explore the complexities of familiar relationships.” Bechdel’s comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, ran from 1983 to 2008. “The characters in my comic strip … are all thinly veiled versions of myself,” she told the MacArthur Foundation. “No matter what they look like … they’re all basically me.” Her memoirs include Fun Home, about her father, which she talked about  with Liane Hansen in 2006, and a book about her mom titled Are You My Mother?, which she discussed with Guy Raz in 2012. In a Q&A with NPR on Tuesday, she said:

“I guess I’m proudest of just really sticking with this odd thing I loved and was good at — drawing comics about marginal people (lesbians) in a marginal format (comics). I never thought much about whether that was responsible, or respectable, or lucrative.”

Khaled Mattawa was recognized for “rendering the beauty and meaning of contemporary Arab poetry accessible to an English reader and highlighting the invaluable role of literary translation in bridging cultural divides.” He says he finds it “moving and rewarding” to connect poets and readers who otherwise would not have been connected. “There were many great Arab poets who were not available in English, so it seemed important for me to bring them to the American reader,” Mattawa told the MacArthur Foundation. Mattawa spoke with NPR back in February 2011 about his birthplace, Benghazi, Libya, which had just seen an uprising against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. He told Guy Raz:

“I feel rebirth, greatly honored to be from Benghazi. I feel slightly ashamed at having distrusted the people or my fellow citizens at not being able to rise. And I feel a great sense of solidarity with the people of my city. I’m overjoyed.”

Terrance Hayes was recognized for “reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal and subvert canonical forms.” Tune in to All Things Considered tonight to hear Melissa Block’s conversation with Hayes. “I’m pursuing a kind of language which is just as complicated and just as transparent as human experience,” he told the MacArthur Foundation. NPR featured Hayes’ poem “The Blue Terrance” back in 2006.

Samuel D. Hunter was commended for “quietly crafting captivating dramas that explore the human capacity for empathy and confront the socially isolating aspects of contemporary life across the American landscape.” Drawing inspiration from his Idaho hometown, Hunter says his plays are an “experiment in empathy.” He tells the MacArthur Foundation: “The plays are very plainspoken. I’m not interested in making a kind of art that goes over anybody’s heads. … I want them to be accessible.”

Clockwise from top left: Alison Bechdel, Samuel D. Hunter, Terrance Hayes and Khaled Mattawa. Images Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.