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Bwoglines: War and Peace Edition

So that's why it's called NINJA...

The LAPD raided OccupyLA yesterday, arresting 200 and dispersing protesters without much conflict or violence. (WSJ)

Dershowitz believes the key to peace in Israel is Palestinian Chicken — he recommends Prime Minister Netanyahu watch the hilarious Curb Your Enthusiasm episode with Palestinian President Abbas in an interview with the Current. (Tablet, Current)

Columbia researchers believes America is vulnerable to crippling cyber-attacks and exploding printersHP disagrees. (MSNBC, LA Times)

Transit officials believe haikus are the key to preventing road rage and violent collisions in New York’s most dangerous intersections. (MSNBC)

Unassuming instrument of war via Wikimedia Commons

LectureHop: America, Israel, and the Palestinians In Pursuit of Peace

Rennert Hall was filled to the brim for last night’s lecture by Alan Dershowitz, famed Harvard Law professor, criminal attorney and  author of The Case for Israel, an ardent defense of the state of Israel’s right to exist. The Kraft Center auditorium was so packed, people had to be turned away! Luckily, Bwog’s Briana Last scored a seat.

“Our collective antenna went up,” Michael P. Lustig, Co-President of the Hillel Board of Directors, explained his reaction to the news that Noam Chomsky was coming to speak at Columbia. “But, unfortunately [Chomsky] wasn’t speaking within his area of expertise, linguistics,” Lustig added, “he was speaking on the topic of America and Israel/Palestine.” So for the sake of “countering the makings of a potentially ugly situation,” LionPAC, Columbia University’s pro-Israel public affairs committee, decided to invite Dershowitz, “Israel’s single most visible defender,” to share his view. Flyers for the Dershowitz event even mimicked those for Chomsky to communicate that there was another side to Chomsky’s perspective.

“I was a little uncomfortable being asked simply to come here as the result of Chomsky being invited,” Dershowitz admitted. “But, then I thought about it. It’s the right response. I would have much rather debated Chomsky. I have debated in every decade since 1970. But not this one.” Dershowitz urged everyone to go Chomsky’s talk on October 17th to “ask him hard questions and to check his facts.” If Dershowitz couldn’t challenge Chomsky in person, at least they could have a “virtual debate.”

Regardless of the reason behind his invitation, Dershowitz seemed pleased to be here. “Thank you for welcoming me to Columbia. Columbia hasn’t always been so welcome to me.” he joked. “In 1955, I was put on the waitlist and I didn’t make it off the waitlist and went to Brooklyn College.” (more…)

Bucket List: Israel/Palestine, Injured Cities, and Intersectionality

Bucket List represents the unbelievable intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below and the full list is after the jump. If you have any questions (such as, “Where’s William and June Warren Hall?”), or formatting suggestions, just leave them in the comments, and we’ll try to respond!

Recommended

  • “Afghanistan’s Troubled Transition” 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, 501B IAB, Scott Smith, registration
  • “Intersectionalities: Theorizing Multiple Discrimination, Identity and Power” Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 207 William and June Warren Hall, Catharine MacKinnon
  • “Outlaws or In-laws? The Effects of Gay Marriage in Scandinavia” 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Deutsches Haus, Jens Rydström
  • “What Does a Jew Want?: On Binationalism and Other Specters” Wednesday 7:00 pm, Miller Theatre, Udi Aloni, James Schamus, Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, and Alisa Solomon
  • “What Does the Future Hold for Ukraine?” Thursday 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Casa Italiana, Vitaly Klychko, registration
  • “Injured Cities, Urban Afterlives” All day Friday and Saturday, Miller Theatre and Wood Auditorium, Lee Bollinger, Rosalind Morris, Saskia Sassen, Nina Bernstein and many others, registration
  • “A Conversation with Pakistani Politician Imran Khan” Friday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, 2nd Floor Lecture Hall, Journalism, Imran Khan and Aparisim Ghosh
  • “America, Israel, and the Palestinians: In Pursuit of Peace” Sunday 4:00 pm, Kraft Center, Alan Dershowitz, registration

Full List