Category Archives: Speech Coverage

A gender non-conforming writer and performance artist addresses societal gender constructs

By Nandini Parikh There is an uprising anti-transgender violence that is happening in society because gender is a construct, according to a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist. “You have the power to write your own reality,” Alok Vaid-Menon said. … Continue reading

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Racing Toward Justice with Trans Indian-American Alok Vaid-Menon

By Timika Miner A gender-nonconforming writer and performance artist joined UWEC’s Racing Toward Justice series on Tuesday evening to explore themes of gender, race, trauma, and belonging in an oppressive society. “I want to dedicate this event tonight to the … Continue reading

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Breaking the Binary

By Rosa Gómez Alok Vaid-Menon speaks with Dorothy Chan during the question and answer portion of an online forum with the UW-Eau Claire community for the “Racing Towards Justice” series, sponsored by the Center for Restorative Justice.  © 2020 Rosa … Continue reading

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Scientist advocates for effective conversation about climate

By Adam Pearson Discovering ways climate change effects someone personally and then finding a sense of hope is what is needed to effectively talk about climate change, an atmospheric scientist believes. “We need hope because without it we will be … Continue reading

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An author shares the history of hoaxes and fake news at the 76th Forum Series

By Kenz Walters We are in the age of the horrific hoax, said Kevin Young during a speech on the rise of hoaxes and fake news. “There was that democratic pleasure, where you could decide for yourself. But what’s sort … Continue reading

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Travel writer advocates drug law reform at 75th Forum Series

By Hannah Pitzl The criminalization of marijuana in the United States creates more harm than good, and the drug itself isn’t the issue, travel-writer Rick Steves said during a speech advocating the reform of the nation’s marijuana laws. “I’m not in … Continue reading

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Rick Steves, The United States and Marijuana

By Maxwell Inskeep Travel author and internationalist Rick Steves is not pro-marijuana, but is anti-prohibition. “I’m not promoting marijuana…” said Steves. “I am promoting harm reduction and taking crime out of the equation.” Steves spoke to an audience of around 450 at … Continue reading

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Harvard Law Professor Talks Corruption in U.S. Congress

By Sidan Qi Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor and one-time candidate, shared his opinions on institutional corruption and said the broken Congress needs to be fixed up on Wednesday, March 2. “The fact is, at the core of our … Continue reading

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Harvard Law professor seeks to fix institutional corruption in Congress

By Helen White A Harvard Law professor spoke on institutional corruption in Congress at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Schofield Auditorium on Wednesday night, enlightening an audience of more than 300. “At the core of our democracy is a hole,” Professor … Continue reading

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Political activist gives plan to fix Congress

By Erica Jones With its focus on fundraising, Congress has corrupted the system the framers of the Constitution originally intended, according to a one-time presidential candidate and current Harvard professor. “Democrats and Republicans alike are increasingly distracted by this fight … Continue reading

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