Tickets: Free and open to the public. In addition to free tickets distributed in advance to the MICA community, a limited number of free tickets will be available to the general public on the day of the event.
This Constitution Day, MICA and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU–MD) will hold a free symposium to discuss the widely debated topic of freedom of assembly and political speech on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 7–9 p.m. in Brown Center’s Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. The panel, moderated by WYPR’s The Signal producer Aaron Henkin, will include provocative scholar and activist Cornel West, Ph.D.; political organizer Lisa Fithian; and artist Lize Mogel, who creates insightful maps about political issues.
This year’s symposium centers on the widely debated topic of freedom of assembly and political speech. All over the nation and the world, hundreds of thousands of people are coming together and, through the act of public assembly, making visible the grievances and hopes they collectively share. These global protest movements have had such an impact that Time magazine named “The Protester” the person of the year in 2011.
About the Constitution Day participants:
Cornel West, Ph.D.: Known for his combination of political and moral insight and criticism, Cornel West, Ph.D., focuses on the role of race, gender and class in American society. A graduate of Harvard and Princeton, he is a prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America and is currently a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he teaches religious philosophy and Christian practice. He is the author of 19 books, including Race Matters, a collection of thought-provoking essays that addresses a number of controversial issues of concern for African Americans. Besides appearing frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span, he has also been included in more than 25 documentaries.
Lisa Fithian: Lisa Fithian is an American political activist who has been organizing for justice since 1975. Using nonviolent direct action, Fithian has organized hundreds of events and demonstrations on a range of issues. From coordinating a shut down of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va., to organizing with janitors, nursing home workers and autoworkers, Fithian has used a wide range of strategies and tactics for social, economic and environmental change.
Lize Mogel: Artist Lize Mogel creates and disseminates counter cartography, or mappings that produce new understandings of social and political issues. Working with the interstices between art and cultural geography, she connects the real history and collective imaginary about specific places to larger narratives about globalization. She has mapped public parks in Los Angeles, future territorial disputes in the arctic and wastewater economies in New York City. She is co-editor of the book/map collection An Atlas of Radical Cartography and co-curator of the traveling exhibition An Atlas. She has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the LEF Foundation, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Danish Arts Council for her work.
Aaron Henkin: Moderator Aaron Henkin is co-creator and producer of WYPR’s radio arts program, The Signal, and host of Stories from the Stoop. His news reports and features have aired nationally on programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Day to Day and PRI’s The World. Henkin is also the curator and host of a weekly podcast called The NPR Station Showcase with PRX, during which he highlights outstanding stories from fellow producers at public radio stations around the country.
Art has long been a method of expression, and artists throughout history have been instigators of change—engaging society in conversation about pressing issues. Established in 2005, Constitution Day continues the College’s tradition of leadership in raising and exploring important political issues.
The program was excellent - once I got there. In spite of having RSVP'd early and having received a reminder from the eventsoffice, when I arrived at the Brown Center, my name was NOT on the list. I was told that "space available" tickets were now being distributed.. Upon returning with a copy of the Events Office email, I was given a ticket and managed to get what was probably the next-to-last seat in the balcony. There appears to be a glitch in the system that must be fixed immediately. It is rather demoralizing to have made plans to attend a program and start out denied access.
Susan Badder. .