Engaging Democracy, Spring Sessions
Campus Life -- A diverse group of speakers came to the College during the spring semester as a continuation of the yearlong lecture and film series Engaging Democracy and Troubling the Water.
Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, spoke on "Compassion and Terrorism," covering the public role of sympathy in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Nussbaum argued that we should extend and educate citizens' capacities for compassion. Nussbaum was recently named by Time as one of the seven 21st-century thinkers with world-changing philosophies.
Film producer Nisma Zaman '92 screened her film Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines, which documents the lives of women engaged in peace building. Among They include teachers of women in Afghanistan, a leader promoting democracy in Argentina, organizers providing low-credit loans to women in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hutu and Tutsi women working together to operate a peace radio station in Burundi, and women who lost family members in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 promoting peace in the United States. Peace by Peace was chosen by the United Nations Development Fund for Women to premiere at the United Nations last October .
Robert McChesney spoke on "The U.S. Media: A Political Problem Requiring Political Solutions." McChesney is a research professor in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, host of the weekly AM radio program Media Matters, author or editor of eight books and cofounder of the Illinois Initiative on Global Information and Communication Policy.
Jairam Reddy spoke on "Global Citizenship and Democracy: A South African Perspective." A native of South Africa, Reddy has spent his life battling apartheid. As an adviser to President Nelson Mandela he helped produce a landmark document for the progressive transformation of higher education in his country.
Photos by Thomas Hoebbel