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Wednesday, January 31

Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

Book Discussion

12:00pm-1:45pm Coe Library 506

In conjunction with the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, a book discussion aimed at faculty will be held over lunch to discuss a current issue facing our world. Only 30 book copies are available, so please RSVP here to reserve your spot! This year’s book is Strangers in Their Own Land with a discussion led by Zach Taylor, Asst. Lecturer, Political Science. C

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

Strangers in Their Own Land
goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream—and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from "liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea? (Description taken from Google Books)

You Can’t Say That!:  

Limitations on the First Amendment right to the freedom of speech and their historical beginnings

12:00pm-1:30 pm Wyoming Union Family Room (Room 212)


The increasing polarization of the American political landscaped is mirrored on college campuses nationwide and often results in both sides accusing one another of censorship in violation of the First Amendment.  The freedom of speech is one of America’s most guarded civil rights—but it is not absolute.  This presentation covers the history of the First Amendment right to the freedom of speech and the accepted limitations most relevant to college campuses.  Presentation by Julianne Gern, Student Attorney with the Student Legal Services program.  Lunch provided.


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