Professor Jennifer Tucker, acting as the interim director of the Center for the Study of Public Life (CSPL), has arranged a free screening of the new Spielberg film, Lincoln, for this coming Thursday evening to kick things off for the CSPL. If that wasn’t awesome enough, Professor Demetrius Eudell (History and African American Studies) and Professor Elvin Lim (Government) will run a Q&A after the screening on the CSPL’s theme,Lincoln: Politics in the Public Eye.
The screening is set to start at 7:30PM this Thursday, December 6th, at our local Middletown theater in Metro Square. There are only 200 seats available, so go to the Box Office in Usdan now, like, right now, seriously, right now, to get a ticket.
Date: Thursday December 6th
Time: 7:30PM – 10:30PM
Place: Metro Movies 12 (theater in Metro Square off Main Street)
Cost: FREE……EEEEEDOM! No but seriously it’s free.
In the spirit of today’s election (WAIT, there’s an election today?!?!), Angus McLean ’16 has a message for you:
Remember when America had that tired old thing called the Constitution? It may seem a bit old fashioned, but we’re bringin’ it back.
Join the Wes ACLU for a meeting on Thursday to discuss and take action on the pertinent civil liberties issues of today, from privacy to women’s rights to anything you feel like bringing to the table.
If you want to take a metaphorical stand for your rights because you don’t feel like getting off your bed, that’s okay too! Just sign our petition.
Date: Thursday, November 8
Place: Usdan 114
Cost: Freedom isn’t free, but yeah… this is free
Petition: Here, yo
Charlie Smith ’15 wants you to feel free to look at this message when you have free time:
The government builds roads, runs schools, and enforces the law right?
According to legal scholar David Friedman, this does not have to be the case. This week Wes Students for a Free Society will be having a discussion on alternative legal systems in which laws are established and enforced privately.
We invite you to come out for what should be an interesting discussion.
Date: Tuesday, October 23 (Today)
Time: 8 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 110
Cost: Free (Okay I’ll stop now…)
WesRUM’s Really Really Free Market is happening tomorrow from 1-5 in the Nic Lounge. Offer your unwanted clothes, food, games, services, musical talents, books, etc and take whatever you want for free!
Date: Sunday, 11/15
Time: 1-5 pm
Location: Nic Lounge
Russell House lecture tonight with Jana Sawicki, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Williams College. Part of this semester’s Center of the Humanities lecture series on human nature:
In an interview conducted just before his death in 1984, Michel Foucault suggested that homosexual activists might advance sexual freedom by turning away from the discourse of sex-desire and exploring the possibilities opened up within an ethics of pleasure. Cultivating pleasure, he claimed, was more likely to enhance sexual freedom than appeals to the trope of “desiring man.”
Professor Sawicki asks, what is the ontological status of the pleasures that Foucault invokes? Why turn to an ethics of pleasure? Finally, why refuse the discourse of desire? Insofar as queer theorists (Judith Butler, Leo Bersani, Michael Warner) rely heavily upon psychoanalytic theory, they appear to have rejected Foucault’s sustained critique of the discourse of desire. Are there good reasons to be wary of this reliance upon psychoanalytic thought? Or, must we burn Foucault?
Date: Monday, November 3
Time: 8-9:30 pm
Place: Russell House – Millett Room, free