the university of illinois in springfield (u.s.a.) has held an event entitled “public/private subversions” on the night of october 3rd as part of the ecce (engaged citizenship common experience) speaker series.
the event is being put on by associate professor of political science richard gilman-opalsky, ph.d., who will moderate a discussion following the screening of a selection of video journalism from this website.
i think it’s excellent richard has gone to the trouble of staging this event, and it’s encouraging that he thinks what i’m doing raises important questions for modern democracies — i mean that’s precisely why i’m doing this.
i hope that the fact i find this encouraging won’t lead victoria police to try to extradite dr. gilman-opalsky and charge him with aiding and abetting an indictable offence — the same ridiculous charges the journalists who produced the films being shown have been handcuffed for.
i’ve already talked with one passionate student at uis, and i hear that the radical students’ union may have planned some ad-takeovers of their own around the campus — which is also excellent news.
i first heard of dr. gilman-opalsky when a friend sent me something he wrote entitled:
which is well worth a read.