Supporting the Troops

Alexander Furnas ’11 sends in:

Supporting the Troops from a Progressive Perspective
Discussion Panel w/ Food!
followed by a film screening of Body of War

The panel will feature: Joshua Kors, highly acclaimed investigative reporter for the Nation, who covers military and veterans’ issues; Ra’ed Jarrar, an Iraqi national and political analyst and activist currently based in Washington DC, working with AFSC’s Iraq Program; Elvin Lim, Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, political commentator, and author of The Anit-Intellectual Presidency and Arielle Fleisher, Events Associate for Campus Progress.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine – wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. Body of War is Tomas’ coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war.
What: Discussion and Film Screening
Where: Exley Science Center 150 (the big auditorium)
When: 4:00pm, Saturday Nov. 15, film screening starts at 6:00

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Sponsored by Campus Progress

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14 thoughts on “Supporting the Troops

  1. Anonymous

    This event was not about partisanship, it merely recognized the existence of an ideology. Given that it is a fairly prevalent ideology, not only on this campus, but in this country and internationally, it seems quite legitimate to attempt to explicate, and perhaps shape what form supporting the troops can take in that context. Ignoring the political and ideological climate is just silly.

  2. Anonymous

    This event was not about partisanship, it merely recognized the existence of an ideology. Given that it is a fairly prevalent ideology, not only on this campus, but in this country and internationally, it seems quite legitimate to attempt to explicate, and perhaps shape what form supporting the troops can take in that context. Ignoring the political and ideological climate is just silly.

  3. Anonymous

    Just because we’re not “politically” neutral doesn’t mean we can’t examine all sides of a problem. In fact, that is what an academic atmosphere is supposed to embrace. If we keep present lectures that reinforce our beliefs what does that serve besides our outsized egos and desires to hear who right we are with all our views? If you forgot 52 million people in this country didn’t agree with the last election’s results. Until we start to try to understand the other views we will be condemned to this partisan B.S. that is destroying this country.

  4. Anonymous

    Just because we’re not “politically” neutral doesn’t mean we can’t examine all sides of a problem. In fact, that is what an academic atmosphere is supposed to embrace. If we keep present lectures that reinforce our beliefs what does that serve besides our outsized egos and desires to hear who right we are with all our views? If you forgot 52 million people in this country didn’t agree with the last election’s results. Until we start to try to understand the other views we will be condemned to this partisan B.S. that is destroying this country.

  5. Anonymous

    nobody pretends that wesleyan is politically neutral. if you can’t deal with a decidely progressive bent, why did you come here?or were the ivies none too impressed with you?

  6. Anonymous

    nobody pretends that wesleyan is politically neutral. if you can’t deal with a decidely progressive bent, why did you come here?

    or were the ivies none too impressed with you?

  7. Anonymous

    Awesome! Will there be a presentation next week featuring the stories of the more than 87% of service men and women who have already been on tours of Iraq and Afghanistan who have re-enlisted and decided to go back? That would be so refreshing for Wesleyan to present BOTH sides of an issue, not just the one the progressive choir likes to sing to itself.

  8. Anonymous

    Awesome! Will there be a presentation next week featuring the stories of the more than 87% of service men and women who have already been on tours of Iraq and Afghanistan who have re-enlisted and decided to go back? That would be so refreshing for Wesleyan to present BOTH sides of an issue, not just the one the progressive choir likes to sing to itself.

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