From Charlie Smith ’15:
A Discussion on Federalism and Floating Cities with Professor Elvin Lim
What is the function of federalism in US politics? Can competition between governments make them more responsive to the needs of their citizens? Could floating communities in international waters provide this sort of competition?
Come join Students for a Free Society for a discussion on the role of Federalism in US politics and its potential (if any) for promoting good governance. Professor Lim will be with us to discuss the “right to exit” and the potential for competition between governments to produce better services. We will also discuss the work of the Sea Steading Institute in attempting to make floating cities in international waters to innovate in the provision of government services.
Date: Today 2/19
Time: 8pm – 9:20pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Rm.111
Hannah Vogel ’13 writes in to let y’all know about an opportunity to start thinkin’ big, especially if you haven’t started already doing so this year. Tell your Mom, tell your roommate, tell your friends:
No slides. No handouts. No Moodle. Just the most exciting professors at Wesleyan, talking about the ideas they can’t stop thinking about. You nominated your favorite professors earlier this semester. Now, five of those professors have been brought together to deliver nine-minute lectures on a topic that excites and inspires them for the second-ever Wesleyan Thinks Big! Tickets will go on “sale” at 12 p.m. on Wed., November 28th on their website,
and will be available for pick-up at Usdan this coming Thursday, Friday, and Monday from 12 to 1 p.m.
GREG VOTH: “The Paradox of Modern Physics”
DAR WILLIAMS: “Positive Proximity: What I discovered by touring in and about 500 cool American towns from Rockland, Maine to Fairbanks, Alaska”
ELVIN LIM: “The Case Against Marriage”
GIL SKILLMAN: “Wesleyan 2050”
SCOTT HIGGINS: “Fighting Familiarity with Form, or Why We Should Look More Closely”
Place: Memorial Chapel (with reception to follow in Zelnick)
Date: Tuesday, December 4th (Jay-Z’s birthday)
Time: 8 pm
Cost: FREE DOLLARS
Tickets. Facebook. Livestream.
For last year’s Wesleyan Thinks Big, click here.
Just call it Skillman v. Glenn and get your popcorn ready.
Last Thursday after class, I moseyed over to Shanklin 107 (stirring fond memories of freshman year Biodiversity class) for what I took to be a faculty panel discussion on “Transparency, Admissions Policy, and Financial Aid”—more succinctly, need-blind. When the discussion began, Professors Lim, Rouse, and Long, representing varying views, also seemed to interpret it as a cordial panel discussion on the issues surrounding need-blind. Seated at the far end of the panel, though, Professors Glenn and Skillman took it to be a full-throttle, boisterous debate—sparring over the meanings of a need-aware policy, university transparency, and whether or not Wesleyan can afford to remain need-blind (Glenn says yes, Skillman no). Both presented articulate and passionate positions (taking opposite positions), and both got pretty riled up. Suffice it to say audience members (my estimate would be 40 or 45 students) benefited from witnessing this direct confrontation of competing narratives.
Continuing Wesleying’s recent tradition of ‘Posting Videos of Important Shit Filmed By Ben Doernberg ’13,’ we’ve got video footage of the entire conversation below or on the YouTubes. Scroll past the jump for a more detailed rundown on who said what.
As Professor Glenn opened his remarks, “I guess reasonable people can disagree.”
Wesleying’s daily “Livestreaming a Discussion That You Were Too Lazy To Go To Thanks To Ben Doernberg 13” feature continues today with “Who Are We Helping?,” a professor panel conversation on transparency, admissions policy, and financial aid. The discussion is about to begin right now in Shanklin 107 (you can still make it if you run), and Professors Lim, Rouse, Skillman, Long, and Glenn are seated and furiously reading over their notes. As organizer Em Trambert ’14 just noted, “These professors are not experts on the new policy, but are here to help us think more critically about this new policy.”
Can’t make it? Watch the livestream above or on USTREAM.
Em Trambert ’14 goes out on a Lim:
While this semester has been filled with debates, discussions, and protests about the impending change to a Need-Aware admissions policy, the impacts of this change—both positive and negative—are enmeshed in much larger issues. These include the financial health of our university, the value we place on welcoming a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on this campus, administrative transparency with both faculty and students, and access to a Wesleyan education. Dr. Glenn, Professor Lim, Professor Long, Professor Rouse, and Professor Skillman will help us think critically about what a Need Aware policy might mean. The goal of this panel is not to propose an “ideal policy” but to create a foundation on which further conversation can be had. Feel free to come and engage these professors in conversation, or just sit back and listen!
If you have specific questions for the panel, feel free to submit them to ProfessorPanel@gmail.com. See you there!
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Place: Shanklin 107
Do you have opinions on what’s been called “The War on Women?” Want to learn more about the issues involved? Want to hang out with Professor Elvin Lim for an hour and instantly become smarter, cooler, and generally more awesome? These are all great reasons to come to the Roosevelt Institute tomorrow night!
- Date: Tuesday, April 3rd
- Time: 8-9PM
- Place: Usdan 108
- What: Prof. Elvin Lim on “The War on Women”
Questions? Want to receive an email with the attached articles that Professor Lim recommends reading for his talk? Feel free to contact me by email at sstein01@wes.
Spring Break may be over, but you can still get your party on with the Roosevelt Institute! Aww yeah, I said it:
What: Discussion on Kony 2012, the LRA, and Uganda
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 8 – 9 pm
Place: Shapiro Center (top floor of Allbritton)
Check the comments below for Roosevelt’s suggested links on the topic! And stay tuned for a Wesleying post next week on April 3rd’s meeting: a talk with Professor Elvin Lim on the “War Against Women.”
So, I should totally be prepping for this TA session I’m supposed to give. Or do homework. Or clean my room. Or find a job. Or chug steroids and lift mad weights. But it’s raining, I’m hungry, and I’m too lazy to get up and leave the computer.
Obviously, the obvious solution is to blog.
And because the greatest academic achievement of any 20-22 yr old college academic-wannabe is to be what the kids these days call “meta-” (click here for details), this evening I’ve decided to follow through on Zach’s blog listing series to present to you fine Wesleyan folks a list of blogs maintained by professors of the Government Department. (I’ll do other departments next time – hello Tenured Rad-Rad!)
In case you didn’t know, Political Science blogs are alll the rage these days! (Or all the rage among hopelessly geeky people, like me. YEAHH)
In other words, screw you abroad kids! SCREW YOU AND YOUR HAPPINESS (i miss denmark so mucchh). Check out the blogs after da jump.
Michael Yu ’11 writes in to holla about this movie screening:
AASC Presents a screening of the 2009 documentary, “Vincent Who?”, which explores the Asian American movement since the Vincent Chin incident and how far we’ve come.
Date: April 20
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: Shanklin 107
In a column for the Faster Times news and opinion site, Assistant Professor of Government Elvin Lim comments on arguments for and against race-based screening and pat-down procedures at airports around the country.
Specifically, Lim makes the compelling case that to oppose racial profiling for security purposes on the basis of racial equality while favoring race-based affirmative action policy is intellectually inconsistent at best, and he concludes:
Profiling on the basis of race, among other characteristics, such as behavior, is likely to become a de facto, if not a de jure, policy in our nation’s airports in the years to come. It is going to inconvenience some innocent people simply because, among other factors, their skin was colored a particular way just as, and the hope is, it will save a lot more innocent people a lot of hassle if everyone were treated equally at airports. If Americans accept this trade-off to be worth it, then perhaps we should also accept the analogous trade off: that as affirmative action on the basis of race, among other characteristics, such as gender, has become law and policy in employment and college admissions, the policy is going to make things harder for some equally qualified people, but it is going to make things easier for a bunch of people who would otherwise have had to endure many obstacles to employment and admission to college.
It’s a compelling and thoughtful and effectively non-partisan piece of political commentary, and it seems especially pertinent in the wake of recent related debate at Wesleyan. Read the whole piece at Faster Times here, or at Professor Lim’s blog here.
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