Franklin & Marshall College
TO: History Dept and SCSC
FROM: Van Gosse, Jonah Brewer, Dave Burrows and Kash Shea
Here’s what we are going to do on April 9, the day of the national Historians Against the War Teach-In, “Iraq: Anatomy of a Crisis.”
4:30-6 Lecture by Chris Toensing, editor of MERIP Report (Middle East Research and Information Project)—we are trying to get Booth Ferris, so it’s in the CC
6-6:30 Break, free pizza arrives for waiting audience
6:30 Re-convene in main atrium: “open mike” moderated by
History Dept persons (rotating to get at least some gender balance) and
SCSC rep: we arrange seating in large oval, put a stationary microphone
at end near offices with a roving one being carried to students who want
to speak. History Dept people sit at “front” near mike but
are not a panel. We post and go over ground rules at beginning—to
be written (time limits on speaking!). We post a few key questions to
stimulate thought. People start talking (students, faculty, staff), and
if appropriate historians answer questions. When historians feel like
it, we make our statements and points, 5 minutes each. The event goes
on as long as people want it to.
We will also solicit from the International Club and personal contacts the names of students either from abroad, or who have recently been abroad, to speak for 1-2 minutes on perspectives regarding the war from outside. We’ll ask a bunch of people to come, and see who shows up, and then as appropriate, ask them to offer a viewpoint (Jonah will organize this, email Sonya.anwar).
Publicity will be done via posters, 1/4 size handbills stuffed in student mailboxes, and “Table tents.” This presumes college communications will do this for us—make them—but it will be a departmental event, so why not?
We can use $50 from dept funds for free pizza, but we’ll need more than that, so when the event approaches, I’ll collect donations from among us.
TASKS: please email to say which you can do—
Get information to communications so various materials get designed and
Time is short—two weeks—so I hope people can jump in and take on a task! We need to get this in place this week/next week.
For information, contact Van Gosse at firstname.lastname@example.org.