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Activism and Violence: Moral and Strategic Question [RSVP DEADLINE TODAY]

MarkRuddCFA Program Manager Erinn Roos-Brown writes in:

Join the conversation as Rob Rosenthal (Sociology) interviews Mark Rudd, an activist, organizer and founding member of The Weather Underground, an American radical left organization founded in 1969. The organization had as its goal “the violent overthrow of the
government of the US in solidarity with the struggles of the people of the world.” Listen to Rudd tell about the federal charges of bombing
and conspiracy that made him a fugitive for seven years.

The discussion is held in conjunction with the Outside the Box Theater Series production, HOME/SICK.

Limited seating. RSVP to Hanna Oravec at horavec[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Date: Friday, January 31st
Time: Noon-1pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free

Photos: “Chalk de Franzia” Lands on Wesleyan Sidewalks

If Tour de Franzia happens outside of Fisk Hall on a Friday afternoon and only about five people show up, does it make a sound? (And can you still get slapped with six judicial points?)

Continuing its brief but noble history of stirring the pot, the mysteriously run @WesUnity Twitter (which drew eyeballs when it announced last month that Tour de Franzia was being disciplined more severely than some instances of sexual assault or misconduct) made a Facebook event on Thursday called “Tour de Franzia”:

Culling its cover photo from Wesleying’s Decade Without Chalking series, the event wasn’t quite as it seemed.

A Decade Without Chalking, Part Five: An Interview with Dean Mike Whaley

Follwing a portraiture chalk project and guest post by Ross Levin ’15, our five-part retrospective on the Chalking Moratorium wraps up.

One Friday morning in October, I trekked across campus to Dean Mike Whaley’s office to talk about a chalking controversy that took place about a decade ago. The previous weekend, two students had gotten into a physical confrontation with President Roth for chalking on Wyllys Avenue during Homecoming. A few hours after chatting with Dean Whaley, I took part in a massive legal chalk-in on Church Street sidewalks as midday traffic cruised by. Dave Meyer strolled by and tried to confiscate the chalk. We explained that the sidewalks are Middletown property. He continued on his way.

Institutional history has a funny way of working in cycles, and Dean Whaley, who arrived at Wes in 1997 and was Dean of Students in 2002, probably knows this better than anyone. Surprisingly, Whaley told me that he loved the queer chalking when he first arrived at Wesleyan. He also mentioned that President Bennet specifically reached out to him, an openly queer administrator, for advice. But unlike the former students I interviewed, Whaley framed the conflict primarily in terms of a hostile work environment. “The problem was, OK, you don’t like the ban, we get that,” Whaley said of the protestors. “But how do we resolve this hostile work environment?”

Was the answer to adopt some vague notion of “community standards”? Or geographic boundaries for chalking? Or an end to the anonymity? Or ought the Wesleyan community realize, as Professor Potter argued, that “no one has the right not to be offended”?

Breaking the Mold in 2012: New Tactics for Young People’s Political Action

Watch out. They are coming.

Breaking the Mold brings together individuals who are actively involved in mobilizing young people for the 2012 election, both within and without the traditional party system. The Occupy movement has provided some momentum for youth activism, but will it continue? How will new organizations (such as Citizens’ Congress and Rootstrikers) change the activism landscape? Join our panelists as they consider the influence of young people’s participation on the 2012 election.

The panel is moderated by Gov. Prof. Sonali Chakravarti. The list of the panelists can be found after the jump.

Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Place: PAC001

PTIR Lecture: “Reflections on Tahrir Square: An Activist’s View”

Interested in a lecture about the Egyptian Revolution by two living, breathing Egyptian activists? Head on over to Allbritton 311 at 3pm to hear from Ahmed Salah and Mahitab Elgilani, a husband and wife activist team that were part of all that went down (and, frankly, still going down as we speak).

Date: Today, March 9th
Time: 3.15pm – 5.00pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free

I apologize for the shortness and crudeness of this post; I am writing under conditions of extreme haste and questionable duress.