“I grew up around guns. I like guns. But I was there. And something’s got to change.”
The CFA Hall was packed on Wednesday as faculty, students, and Middletown-area residents gathered to hear what three of the nation’s leading experts in gun violence had to say about the United States’ gun violence epidemic. The panel was chaired by Wesleyan’s very own Leah Wright and consisted of professors Saul Cornell, Kristin A. Goss, and Matthew Miller from Fordham, Duke, and Harvard, respectively (you can read up on the participants here). Each professor gave a ten minute lecture on their particular field followed by a Q & A led by NPR’s John Dankosky. I’ll give a summary of each lecture, then some of the important points from the Q & A, and end with a summary of my thoughts on the whole event. Let’s get started.
Professor Cornell: Professor Cornell gave an abbreviated history of the Second Amendment and Second Amendment interpretation. He detailed the current state of affairs, where many people have a “Second Amendment Tourette’s Syndrom.” He explained that our society talks about the amendment like it’s “monolithic and its meaning has never changed,” when in fact it’s been reinterpreted just as much as any other section of the Constitution. Professor Cornell also described the “three myths” of gun control:
WeSlam wants you to know that this is your LAST CHANCE (this semester) to have your mind blown away by a night of incalcuable awesome:
This is it.
Only 12 poet-finalists remain from the three preliminary slams held over the course of the semester. This Saturday at 9:00 PM they will compete in the CFA Hall for the right to be one of the FIVE members of the 2012-2013 Wesleyan Slam Team.
Those finalists are: Coz Deicke ’15, Ari Ebstien ’16, Zach Goldberg ’13, Alex Heyison ’15, Markeisha Hill ’16, Cherkira Lashley ’15, Lily Myers ’15, Mark Nakhla ’13, Evan Okun ’13, Jason Reitman ’15, David Stouk ’15, and Kara Wernick ’15.
There will also be LIVE MUSIC during the slam provided by Wesleyan’s own: Mel Hsu ’13, Sam Friedman ’13, Mark Bennet ’13, and Jess Best ’14.
Alex Lough ’13 is sitting in a room different from the one you are in now, namely the CFA Hall:
come watch twentyish music majors play music while the music plays
them right back. these are dangerous explorations of sound and vision
that are meant only to be handled by professionals so you’ll want to
be there in case we burn our eyebrows off. if you want your Wesleyan
music experience to be more mind-expanding, come let us tenderly
inject multimedia into your veins.
you will witness the work of
Know yr music critics! From Adam Wechsler ’13:
WESU Lecture Series Presents: Anthony Fantano, The Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd.
The Needle Drop is a groundbreaking radio show, podcast, music review YouTube channel and all-around formidable Internet presence in the world of independent music. With more than 80,000 subscribers and over 20 million hits on his videos, Anthony Fantano has developed a devoted following and a reputation as an even-handed, knowledgable and affable reviewer. Don’t believe us? Check out A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown singing his praises: “Needle drop is the best, like, reviewer on the YouTube…I been watching that ni**a’s reviews for like three years.”
Like independent music? Like WESU? Like new media? Join us for the inaugural talk in the WESU Lecture Series, featuring the internet’s busiest music nerd, Anthony Fantano, of The Needle Drop. Anthony will discuss The Needle Drop, what he does and how it works. He’ll be answering plenty of questions afterwards, as well.