Andrew Samtoy

Host/Producer, Online and Community Engagement

Andrew Samtoy

I joined the Civic Commons in October, 2013 after a short career as an attorney and a long time in community organizing and engagement. I spend every minute of every day thinking about how I can get people to interact with each other - and now, at the Civic Commons, it's what I'm supposed to be doing!

My Recent Activity

Staying in: How to keep kids in classrooms?

On April 21, we'll be hosting an online discussion about how to best keep kids in schools. We'll focus on getting the opinions of parents, teachers and students themselves. Register now, bookmark this page, and then come...

Staying in: How to keep kids in schools?

Teaching students is already difficult enough in schools; it's near impossible if they drop out. Dropouts miss out on greater social and financial benefits from education; our community misses out on greater civic and...

Cancer: Your Stories

In late March, WVIZ will be airing a Ken Burns series called "Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies."  As part of our outreach for this series, we are inviting cancer survivors, as well as their friends and family members, to...

Cleveland Police: Next Steps

If you've heard about the Cleveland Police recently, it probably has to do with the deaths of Tamir Rice and Tanisha Anderson, 137 Shots, or the Justice Department findings of a "pattern or practice of the use of excessive...

Real Talk with Gary Shteyngart

I responded to Andrew Samtoy: I guess I'm more interested in what it represented to you.  Your prayers to it struck me as...

Andrew Samtoy

What about the Madonna struck you so forcefully in Italy?  

Real Talk with Gary Shteyngart

I responded to Real Talk with Gary Shteyngart: And when you see newly arrived immigrants in the USA, do you do anything to help them, or let...

Real Talk with Gary Shteyngart

I responded to Real Talk with Gary Shteyngart: What about the Madonna struck you so forcefully in Italy?  

Real Talk with Gary Shteyngart

I responded to rf studios: Speaking of...what do you think happened to that story?  I know it is lost to history, but what...

rf studios

How does your writing process differ between fiction and memoir? With the dominance of social media in the culture, do you find that readers now take fiction less seriously than a memoir or biography because it is not... Continue reading

Real Talk with Gary Shteyngart

 
On Monday, October 6, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., join Sound of Applause and Civic Commons ideastream in a live, online chat we're calling “Real Talk.”  Our first guest is award-winning author and Oberlin grad Gary...

Brilliant

I responded to Brilliant: Carrie -  Thanks for this!  I've completely cut off my cell phone now, and honestly, it's...