Professor Elaine: Why Post 9/11 America is so very scary.

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The Harvard Book Store1 is hosting a talk by Professor Elaine Scarry Thursday April 8 at 7:00 PM.  From their website announcement:

Arguing that post-9/11 legislation and foreign policy severed the executive branch from the will of the people, Elaine Scarry in Rule of Law, Misrule of Men offers a fierce defense of the people\’s role as guarantor of our democracy.

Her interest is in a sense academic and in a sense not. At a faculty meeting [during the Summer’s Reign] on the subject of  free speech, she raised the issue of  Harvard’s response to the Patriot Act:

Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value Elaine Scarry asked how the University planned to address the USA Patriot Act. Part of the act requires extensive disclosure of information about foreign-born scholars, including their library and e-mail records.

“I would like to know what is being done about the consequences falling on some of our community members as a result of the Patriot Act,” Scarry said.

Scarry told the Crimson that the act also affected other members of the academic community, such as librarians, who might be forced to monitor their colleagues.

Did anyone record/video her speech at the walk-out protesting the beginning of the Iraq War?

the (dot) guy (dot) by (dot) the (dot) door (at) gmail (dot) com

There is a Wikipedia page for her, but it is so anemic that it’s not worth a link. If she’ll let me take her picture I’ll post it there.

One of my very best stories about my time at Harvard is about her.

1The Harvard Book Store is the one remaining independent book store in Harvard Square. For this purpose ‘store’ means has a space near but not on the sidewalk. There are a couple of enterprises on the sidewalk from time to time. They are ‘book sellers’. All the other stores, are members of chains. This includes the Harvard Cooperative Society whose book operation is run by Barnes and Noble.

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