After an inspiring discussion on Zapatismo earlier this evening, Gustavo Esteva continues his rampage of enlightenment through the young minds of Wes tomorrow with a second lecture.
Organizers are billing this event as “The Alternative Hugo Black Lecture”, in contestation of the University’s choice to invite Israeli Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak, a figure accused of normalizing torture, occupation, and apartheid in Palestine, to give the annual Hugo Black Lecture in the Memorial Chapel. Antonin Scalia, who spoke for the Hugo Black Lecture in spring 2012, drew intense protest for his reactionary judicial record.
Ross Levin ’15 with the details:
We are experiencing the end of an historical cycle, not just another crisis. All over the world, people are taking initiatives reclaiming the control of their lives and challenging the political system and dominant paradigms. What is the nature of these initiatives? How can we move past the logic of a neoliberal project of development to collectively reach that which lies beyond?
Date: TOMORROW – Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Place: Allbritton 311 (top floor)
Justice Scalia’s speech will be live-blogged by the Wesleying crew.
Check past the jump for the liveblog coverage.
In case you didn’t pick up the Argus yesterday (or up to this point, for that matter), you probably didn’t get to see the rather interestingly formatted multi-singular-plural-whatever Wespeak penned by a number of Wesstudents (and an alum) speaking out against Scalia’s impending visit to Wesleyan.
Now, when it first came out, our Dear Leader Zach sent his flying monkeys to compel us Wesleying bloggers to pick up and comment on it. Unfortunately, in the last 12 hours or so, we did not. And it seems that an old friend, Mytheos Holt ’10 (pictured right), whom you may remember as Wesleyan Conservative extraordinaire and local troll-muffin, has beaten us to the chase.
Writing for the conservative online news and opinion platform The Blaze, Holt provides a considerable play-by-play of the Wespeaks. In an interesting turn that possibly had something to do with the editorial staff, it proved remarkably neutral for Holt’s standards.
Click here for Holt’s article, which conveniently links to the four Wespeaks that are up on the Argus website. If you’re interested in some choice morsels both within and without Holt’s article, check us out after the jump.
Also, what do you folks think about all anti-Scalia fist-waving? Sound out in the comments below.
Because I was creeping on the Roosevelt Institute’s listserv and saw Francesca Buzzi ’12’s email:
So due to some shameless space stealing on the part of someone with more EMS clout than Sylvie, we have to move our time to 6pm. So we will see you tonight at 6pm in the Shapiro Center! With Professor John Finn!!
Info on the event can be found on an earlier post here
. Come on and get your John Finn cuddly lovin’ (Finn pictured above, creating democracy).
Roth: Scalia talk “will increase our capacity to combat the idiot wind of know-nothing anti-intellectualism that is all too prevalent in our political culture.”
If you’re old enough to remember Mytheos Holt ’10’s “Mytheology” column, you might also remember the columnist’s most scathing (at least coherently so, behind whatever layers of trolling persisted) critique: that Wesleyan, in its boundless quest for all varieties of diversity (racial, socioeconomic, sexual, what-have you), had severely left behind the value of ideological diversity on a campus hostile to all views to the right of, say, Dennis Kucinich. In more recent writing, Holt rails against Wesleyan for honoring Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards P’13 with an honorary degree. Such, Holt claims, reflects “the utter lack of intellectual seriousness” among the Left at Wesleyan.
Not so, argues President Roth in a new column for Huff Post. After all, Antonin Scalia is coming.
More specifically, Roth suggests that the loud buzz of interest over Scalia’s upcoming lecture is refreshing evidence of student interest in cultivating political diversity on campus. Do you really think all those freaks on line in Usdan agree with Scalia on, say, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services? According to Roth, what they (you? we?) are really seeking is “an educational environment” in which to consider Scalia’s views—“a choice, not an echo,” in the words of Phyllis Schlafly:
Lecture planned for March 8; Supreme Court bounce workshop indefinitely postponed.
As we’ve previously reported round these parts, Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is giving the university’s Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression, which will take place at 8:00 pm in the Memorial Chapel on Thursday, March 8. The event promises to be one of the most anticipated lectures of the academic year (I suppose you could cast your memory back to Elie Wiesel’s impassioned 2010 lecture for a rough comparison), but it has also prompted some healthy speculation as to how Scalia’s noted conservatism will mesh with our dear little college. One alumnus commenter likened the event to “Daniel appearing at a lion’s convention”; President Roth was a bit more measured in his commentary:
“I think it’s really important for Wesleyan to bring speakers to campus who don’t just preach to the choir, who don’t necessarily fit into what people think Wesleyan students think,” Roth said. “Bringing a Supreme Court justice to campus is a good thing because the justices are in positions to see the world and act on their perspectives in ways that are crucial to the country, whether we agree with them or not.”
It’ll be an interesting Q&A, for sure—for those who can actually make it. Tickets are going on “sale” (they’re free) tomorrow at 10:00 am at the Usdan Box Office, but good luck on the mission: there are 500 seats in Chapel, of which only 175 are reserved for students. Set an alarm for this one, and set it earlier than 9:55. (As the Argus reported this week, “The lecture will also be broadcast live in the Goldsmith Family Cinema, the Center for the Arts [CFA] Hall, and in the Public Affairs Center [PAC] rooms 001 and 002. Tickets for the 200 student seats in the Goldsmith Cinema will be available at the box office on Thursday.”)
To my knowledge, Scalia is the only Supreme Court Justice of any political persuasion to appear on campus in at least 15 years or so. The late Justice Harry A. Blackmun, who famously authored Roe v. Wade, spoke in Crowell Concert Hall in early 1993, just a week into the Clinton administration and a year before Blackmun’s retirement from the court.