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Dr. Jonathan David Farley
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In 2005, Seed Magazine named Dr. Jonathan David Farley one of “15 people who have shaped the global conversation about science”. He is the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, a medal presented on behalf of the president of Harvard University in recognition of “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of mathematics.” He obtained his doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University in 1995, after winning Oxford’s highest mathematics awards in 1994. Jonathan Farley graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1991 with the second-highest grade point average in his graduating class.

Dr. Farley’s mathematical work has been profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education, in Science News Online, in The Economist Magazine, in USA Today, on Fox News Television, and on Air America Radio. In 2001, Ebony Magazine named Dr. Farley a “Leader of the Future.” He has also been profiled in Jet Magazine, in Upscale Magazine, in Black Enterprise Magazine, and on the cover of the NAACP’s Crisis Magazine.

Dr. Farley has been an invited guest on BBC World News Television, BBC Radio, and U.S. National Public Radio. On November 18, 2001, Dr. Farley was an invited speaker at the “Stop the War” demonstration in London, which drew 100,000 people. His essay, “My Fellow Americans: Looking Black on Red Tuesday,” appeared in Beyond September 11: An Anthology of Dissent, which also featured essays by Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky. Dr. Farley has written for Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian newspaper, Essence Magazine, and the hip hop magazine The Source.

He works for The Warren Group, political advisors for the 2010 Democratic Party nominee for U.S. Senate in South Carolina.

The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (home to both Harvard University and MIT) officially declared March 19, 2004 to be “Dr. Jonathan David Farley Day”.

Entries by Dr. Jonathan David Farley

Newark and Newtown, a Tale of Two Tragedies: The Need for Civilian Patrols and Scientific Policing

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 3:01 PM

The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has understandably led to calls for greater gun control. And, predictably, the National Rifle Association has fired back, saying there's no stopping a psychotic.

The perpetrators of gun violence, however, are more often people we'd otherwise consider sane, as when six gunmen...

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Math and Race: Why Don't More African Americans Do Science and Engineering?

(4) Comments | Posted January 5, 2013 | 12:34 PM

In November 2012, fifth graders from Rosa Parks Elementary School in Berkeley, Calif. won four of the top ten prizes in a regional math contest with over 90 participants, including the top prize.

An anonymous commenter -- we'll call him "Aperson," and also call him "him" -- wondered...

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Reflections on Mammoth Swoon by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 3:36 PM

"I'm Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and this is my band." She stood alone on the stage.

When she started to sing, I was spellbound. She sounded like a Motown songstress. But that does not describe her style: While mostly folk-rock, this versatile Maine artist plays bluegrass on the banjo, and...

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Common and Michelle Obama's Bad Rap about Assata Shakur: The Hero Wore a Black Hat

(6) Comments | Posted May 15, 2011 | 7:30 PM

She was stunningly beautiful. I still remember the sheen of her black hair, her creamy complexion. She was at the San Francisco Book Festival, hawking a book of photographs. She seemed to be twenty-five, although I learned later that her skin held fast to her secret. Her name was Fredrika,...

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Libya and Liberals: Confessions of a Minion of the Military-Industrial Complex

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 9:01 PM

If I were the Secret Service, I'd be investigating me about now. There is a 2006 photo of me sitting next to Senator Ted Kennedy, Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis, and Congressman Silvestre Reyes. Two of these three are now dead.

We were at an event...

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The Confederacy Must Be Destroyed

(5) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 7:19 PM

Imagine if German politicians, in order to bolster their chances of being elected chancellor, had to declare publically that they could see nothing wrong with flying the swastika, Germany's flag during the "War of British Aggression".

Imagine if U.S.-born jihadists seized WMD and killed...

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Julian Assange: The Man Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

(9) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 4:40 PM

The Lord of Flies nestled within America's intelligence establishment sent lead bees to sting Martin Luther King, Che Guevara, and Malcolm X when each was only 39.

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is now 39.

A real-life Robin Hood,...

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Witch's Brouhaha: Is Christine O'Donnell Right about the First Amendment, Mice and Men?

(12) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 11:33 AM

"Where in the Constitution is 'separation of church and state'?"

The laughter erupted in the lecture hall, as if this were the studio of the comedy show Politically Incorrect and not a debate between the Democratic and Republican nominees for U.S. Senate in the state of Delaware.

The media had...

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The National Association for the Advancement of Cowardly Pawns: NAACP President Ben Jealous Should Resign for Assisting in the Sherrod Assault

(60) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 10:57 AM

In late July 2010, Ben Jealous, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, denounced Shirley Sherrod, a black woman whom Jealous said "in her position at USDA [the Department of Agriculture]... mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race."...

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For Whom the Bell Curves: Harvard Law Student Stephanie Grace Says Blacks Are Dumber Than Whites; Black Harvard Professor Roland Fryer Agrees

(349) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 11:53 AM

A recent email by Harvard law student Stephanie Grace allegedly asserts, "I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent." According to the Harvard Crimson newspaper's blog, this email was forwarded to black...

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The Tomb of the Unknown Slave: A "Revisioning" of Confederate History Month

(99) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 7:22 AM

In Germany and Austria, it is a crime to express support for National Socialism; it is even problematic to honor soldiers who died fighting for Hitler.

But Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, whistling to dogs, has declared April 2010 "Confederate History Month."

These dogs are rabid. Neo-Confederate organizations, such...

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Inequalities: When the Larry Summers of Our Discontent Said XX < XY in Math and Science

(15) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 3:50 PM

Robert Kuttner is the latest in a series of people calling for the head of Larry Summers, Director of the National Economic Council, for not doing enough to heal an economy that is hemorrhaging jobs.

But Kuttner has to stand in line.

On January...

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