2017. USA. Dir: Sofia Coppola. With Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst. 93 min.
In the quiet gloom of a draughty plantation house, a small group of Southern ladies devote themselves to studies and survival while the Civil War engulfs the world outside their gates. This already repressive atmosphere grows even more tense with the arrival of a wounded Union solider, whom they meet with apprehensive charity and divisive curiosity.
Gerald F. Leonard, Law Alumni Scholar and Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law, will speak about Thomas Jefferson’s pivotal role in altering the operative meaning of the Constitution between 1787 and the Jacksonian ascendancy of the late 1820s and 1830s. To explain this aspect of Jefferson’s career, Professor Leonard will elucidate Jefferson’s constitutional thought across a half century of constitutional development. The essential themes are democratization and its relation to the rule of law, the emergence of party federalism (states’ rights), and slavery. The accompanying paper is available from radelstein[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Carolina Fojo, a Fellow for the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, will host a presentation and discussion on Thursday, October 6th on sustainable food issues.
Her job takes her to different colleges along the East Coast that Bon Appétit serves, where she hosts events to raise awareness about the most pressing food issues affecting both Bon Appétit as a food service company and us as consumers. During these events, the discussion is focused around a few of these issues, ranging from farmworker rights and climate change, to humane treatment of animals, local food, and sustainable fishing practices. In particular, she thought you’d be interested in farmworker rights, as 10% of all slavery in the US takes place in the agricultural industry, and over 90% of agricultural workers are Latino.