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CSPL Screens Lincoln, Taps Professors Eudell and Lim for Discussion

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.

Wes ACLU Meeting

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
Time: 6:15pm
Place: Usdan 114
Cost: Freedom isn’t free, but yeah… this is free
Petition: Here, yo

Wes Students for a Free Society Meeting on Alternative Legal Systems

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…)

Really Really Free Market

free+thingsWesRUM’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
: 1-5 pm
Location: Nic Lounge

Lecture: Foucault and Sexual Freedom

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

Free Doninger!

Avery Doninger, 16, called her administration a bunch of douchbags (sic) on her livejournal. For it, she lost her seat as class secretary and is barred from running again this year. Now her mom is suing:

On April 24, according to the lawsuit, school officials told Doninger and the other student council officers that a “Jamfest” scheduled for April 28 could not be held in the school auditorium because there was not a staff member available to run new equipment. The event is an annual battle of the bands organized by the student council in which local musicians perform for the community, according to the complaint.

Another student council member sent an electronic mail message that day to high school parents and students, encouraging them to call the school board for Region 10, which covers Harwinton and Burlington, to express support for Jamfest. Doninger was among four students to sign that message, but it was drafted and sent by another student, according to the lawsuit.

When Doninger encountered Niehoff in the school hallway, the principal scolded her for the message and said the superintendent was angered by it and that Jamfest might be canceled, the lawsuit says.

Later that night, about 9:25 p.m., Doninger used her personal computer to post the entry on the blog.

“Jamfest is canceled due to the douchbags in central office. Here is an e-mail that we sent out to a ton of people and asked them to forward to everyone in their address book to help get support for Jamfest,” she wrote. “Basically, because we sent it out, Paula Schwartz is getting a TON of phone calls and e-mails and such. We have so much support and we really appreciate it. However, she got pissed off and decided to just cancel the whole thing all [sic] together.”

A few weeks later, on May 17, Doninger went to the school office to accept her nomination for class secretary. Niehoff handed a copy of the blog entry to Doninger and told her to apologize to Schwartz, tell her mother about the blog entry, resign as class secretary and withdraw her candidacy, according to the lawsuit.

Avery said she apologized and told her mother, but would not resign or withdraw. Niehoff then dismissed her from the post and barred her from running for the office, according to the lawsuit.

My goodness. Spellcheck aside, it certainly is problematic to imagine the outcome of this case decision after the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case or how it might, say, affect the future of the internet itself. What would Wesleying be if it lost the right to point out douchebags at will? Blogging is freedom! Calling people douchebags is freedom! We support you, Avery Doninger!