Monthly Archives: October 2010

Lim: Tea Party’s Rise Echoes Obama’s ’08 Campaign

Writing for Forbes, Trevor Butterworth cites Elvin Lim’s book The AntiIntellectual Presidency as one of the most insightful books on presidential oratory and its role in politics, and Lim’s blog as a font of edifying political commentary. Butterworth is particularly interested in a recent blog entry by Lim which draw parallels between the rise of the Tea Party and the rise of presidential candidate Barack Obama.

“His latest post points to the horror that much of the yellow dog Democrat pundit class want to avoid thinking about – and no, it’s not simply the impending electoral drubbing: it’s that the Tea Party is a rhetorical phenomenon not unlike the Obama campaign, with its own brand of hope that people can believe in: change.”

Lim goes on to say that this message saddles the Tea Party with the same risk as the candidate-turned-President: they will now have to deliver on that promise, and quickly given the increasingly short patience of the electorate.

Roth OpEd: This is the Cynical Season in Politics

In an opinion piece for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth says that this may be one of the most cynical election cycles ever, a mood abetted by the recent Supreme Court ‘Citizen’s United’ case that allows for more special interest group advertising. But while cynics are ‘no fools,’ cynicism in general does not lend itself well to positive change or progress. It also can lead to withdrawal from the political process.

Undefeated 1969 Football Team Won in Tense Era

The Hartford Courant profiled the undefeated 1969 Wesleyan Football Team and discussed the heady social and political environment on campus and in the U.S. back then. The perfect season came complete with protests against one opponent, Army, as well as a bomb threat, war protests, and racial unrest. Despite all the turmoil, the team became a unifying force on campus. The 1969 team will have a reunion on the night of Saturday, Oct. 23, as part of HomeComing/ Family Weekend. The team has also been inducted into the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame.

Fowler: Negative Image of N.Y.C. in Poltical Ads Up

In a  The New York Times article, Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government, director of The Wesleyan Media Project, discussed the repetitive vilification of Wall Street, ‘New York City Bankers’ and even New York City in campaign ads for both Democrats and Republicans during this election season. The Wesleyan Media Project was also cited as a source for data on these ads.

In separate stories in USA Today and for The Associated Press Fowler comments, respectively, on political advertising trends in Gubernatorial races nationwide, and on Linda McMahon’s extensive, self-financed campaign spending in Connecticut’s governor’s race in particular. The Wesleyan Media Project is also cited in both piece.

Ulysse on Black Feminism and ‘Paying it Forward’

In The Huffington Post, Gina Ulysse, associate professor of anthropology, associate professor of African American Studies, associate professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, associate professor of environmental studies, discusses the powerful influences of Audre Lorde and Paolo Friere on her teaching, her students, and her own self-defining refusal to be categorized by stereotypes.

“Journalism and Social Change” Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m.

A WESeminar will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 23 in Memorial Chapel titled “Journalism and Social Change: A Conversation with Koeppel Journalism Fellows William Finnegan and Jane Eisner.” The presentation will be moderated by Anne Greene, director of Writing Programs.

William Finnegan

William Finnegan

William Finnegan, staff writer for The New Yorker, is the author of award-winning works of international journalism. He has written about immigration issues and politics in Europe and Mexico; racism and conflict in Southern Africa; and poverty among youth in the U.S.

Jane Eisner ’77, editor of the Forward, a weekly Jewish newspaper of major influence nationally and internationally. She has been a national and international reporter, columnist, and executive editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and a leader in national discussions of media and democracy.

Jane Eisner '77

Jane Eisner '77

She also is the first woman to win Wesleyan’s McConaughy Award for her contributions to journalism and public life, and she is the first Koeppel Fellow in Journalism at Wesleyan.

The event is free and open to the public, and will also be webcast live.

This event is sponsored by the Koeppel Journalism Fellowship and Wesleyan Writing Programs.

Dwight L. Greene Symposium: ‘Media Innovation and Democracy’

Alberto Ibargüen '66, Knight Foundation President and CEO, Chairman of the Board of the Newseum, will deliver the 18th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium

Knight Foundation President and CEO, Chairman of the Board of The Newseum, and former publisher of The Miami Herald, Alberto Ibargüen ’66, is the featured speaker for the 18th annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium in Memorial Chapel on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.

Ibargüen will explore the opportunities and challenges in today’s shifting information landscape. He will discuss an information paradox we are experiencing; specifically: We have more information available to us on any given day than most humans had in their lifetime during all of recorded history. Yet, for now, there is less information being produced that is local, reliable and civic. This trend endangers our democracy as it is premised on the free flow of reasonably reliable information.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will also be webcast live.

The event is sponsored by The Wesleyan Black Alumni Council (BAC); The Alumni of Color (AOC) Network. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is at the forefront of journalism training and experiments to deliver on digital platforms the news and information communities must have to function well in a democracy.

Dupuy on Haiti’s Endangered Garment Industry

An extensive story in The Sunday Toronto Star on Haiti’s garment industry quotes at length Alex Dupuy, Chair, African American Studies, Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor of Sociology. Dupuy comments on how the garment industry was elevated in hopes of replacing the economic infusion that was lost when the rice industry collapsed as a result of policies foisted on Haiti during the Clinton administration, policies former President Clinton himself admits were disastrous. “I did that,” Clinton says in the piece. “I have to live every day with the consequences of the lost capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people.”

Dupuy doesn’t believe the garment industry as currently operating in Haiti can replace the loss of the rice industry. Specifically, he says:

“For Haiti to move to higher industrial production it would need to invest heavily in the education of the Haitian population, invest heavily in the health care of the population, in housing, in infrastructure. . .It would need to vastly increase both domestic and foreign investment in order to capitalize on a skilled labour force. None of which is on the horizon.”

Wesleyan to Test Emergency System Oct. 14

As part of Wesleyan’s emergency preparedness plan, Wesleyan will conduct a test of our campus-wide emergency notification system to students, faculty and staff on Thurs., Oct. 14 at Noon.

Fowler: In 5 Weeks Candidates Spend $200M on Ads

Wesleyan Media Project Co-Director Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government, was cited along with recent data produced by The Wesleyan Media Project on PBS’s News Hour in a story that discusses campaign spending. The Wesleyan Media Project recently reported that, between Sept 1. and Oct 10, 2010, nearly $200 million had been spent on U.S. House and Senate political ads by candidates, political parties and independent groups.