September 5, 2000|
VOL. 30, NO. 1
Spike Lee, 'Hurricane' Carter Set for MSE Symposium
By Leslie Rice
The 2000 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium,
titled "Unfinished Business: Addressing Race, Class and Gender at
the Turn of the Millennium," will bring filmmaker Spike Lee,
former boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, AFL-CIO president John J.
Sweeney and other provocative speakers to the Homewood campus
The 2000 MSE Symposium hopes to provide an opportunity to
address, debate and define the roles of race, class and gender in
the new millennium. This year's speakers all have in some fashion
personally participated in the ongoing debates surrounding those
issues. They will be asked to critique past accomplishments,
analyze future goals and objectives, and discuss how their work
and thoughts apply to a vision for the new century.
"We chose this theme because we feel that there is
unfinished business in regard to confronting modern-day dilemmas
surrounding race, class and gender," says junior Eric Leslie, who
co-chairs this year's symposium with junior Dorit Radzin. "The
2000 MSE Symposium will tackle these issues and the potential
impact they have on us all in the years ahead. Our belief is that
only by examining and articulating the issues surrounding racial
dilemmas, class divides and gender rights can we move forward
with insight and vision."
|Juniors Eric Leslie and Dorit
Radzin are chairing the MSE Symposium 2000, which will address
the roles of race, class and gender in the new millennium. It is
expected to draw 20,000 people.
The symposium is expected to draw 20,000 audience members,
as it has in the past. The two student chairs, selected by the
undergraduate Student Council, are responsible for selecting the
topics, securing all speakers, raising necessary funds and
publicizing the series. The chairs receive some funding from
Student Council but are responsible for raising the balance from
corporations and foundations.
Covering topics like the nuclear arms race, human sexuality,
freedom of the press, and foreign policy and race, the MSE
Symposium, established in 1968 to honor the university's eighth
president, has drawn such speakers as James Carville, Jesse
Jackson, Ralph Reed, Jerry Springer, Kurt Vonnegut, Carl
Bernstein, Eugene McCarthy and Isaac Asimov.
Here is what has been scheduled so far; additional speakers
are expected. All events are free and open to the public.
2000 MSE Symposium: 'Unfinished Business:
Addressing Race, Class and Gender
at the Turn of the Millennium'
More speakers are expected to be added. For updates and
possible changes in dates, times or locations, watch The Gazette
calendar, visit the 2000 MSE Symposium Web site at www.jhu.edu/mse/ or call 410-516-7683. All
events are free and open to the public.
Coming in September
Lee Mun Wah, maker of the film Color of Fear
"Fostering Dialogue: Confronting Racism in America Today"
Thursday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m., Shriver Hall
Lee Mun Wah, a Chinese-American, was a San
Francisco junior high school teacher when his mother was murdered
by an African American man. As he worked through his feelings
about her death and about race, Lee changed careers and became a
community therapist, specializing in diversity issues. His work
led to his film The Color of Fear, which won an award from the
National Education Media Network. The Color of Fear is a
full-length documentary in which Wah brings men of various races
and cultures together to discuss their differences and their
Bill Lann Lee, assistant U.S. attorney general for civil
"A Modern Dilemma--Enforcing and Ensuring Civil Rights for
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m., Shriver Hall
Bill Lann Lee is the assistant attorney
general for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Justice. The
Civil Rights Division enforces laws that prohibit discrimination
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
disability and other factors. Lee was born and raised in New York
City, where his parents owned a small Laundromat. He credits his
late father, who experienced bigotry despite his distinguished
military service, with providing the inspiration for a career in
civil rights law. After graduating from the Bronx High School of
Science, Lee won a scholarship to Yale, which had a strong
affirmative action program.
October through December
Martin O'Malley, mayor of Baltimore
"Looking at Baltimore: Beyond the Inner Harbor"
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. (time may change), Shriver Hall
Rock the Vote
"Are We Going to Vote? Why We Should"
Speakers, live music, voter registration
Thursday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., location TBA
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority
Foundation, and Phyllis Schlafly, president of Eagle
Feminist debate: "The Role and Struggle of American Women
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Garrett Room, MSE Library
Carmen Russo, superintendent of Baltimore City public
schools, and others TBA
Round table discussion: "Teaching What to Whom?"
Monday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m., Garrett Room, MSE Library
Spike Lee, film director
"Expressing Inequality: Conveying Messages through Art and
Thursday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m., Shriver Hall
(Free screenings of Spike Lee's film He Got Game,
Oct. 27 and 28, 8 p.m., Shriver Hall)
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, former boxer falsely convicted
"Justice for Few: Inequalities of the Criminal Justice
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Shriver Hall
(Free screenings of the biographical film The
Hurricane, Nov. 10 and 11, 8 p.m., Shriver Hall)
David Satcher, U.S. surgeon general and assistant
secretary of health
"Health Care for All: A Right or a Privilege?"
Monday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Garrett Room, MSE Library
John J. Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO
"The Growing Gap: American 'Prosperity' under the Microscope"
Thursday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center
Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers
"Looking Ahead: What Roles Will Race, Class and Gender Play in
the New Millennium?"
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Shriver Hall