CC: Uday Mehta Coursewide Lecture
Written by Bwog Staff
We LiveBwogging this shit*
6:00 PM – it has not yet started.
6:07 PM – this is still the case. I will say when it is not.
6:10 PM – First words: “is this working? yeah.” One history professor is taking over for another in introducing the event. He says it was an easy decision.
6:13 PM – He is talking about how to tell the story of the West. Could this perhaps be a lecture about Contemporary Civilization? From what I’ve heard, that’s not the deal with these coursewide lectures.
6:20 PM – Lecture is shaping up pretty well, in every sense except attendance. The right side (“North wing”) is mostly empty, and the left and center are about 2/3 full.
6:25 PM – Professor Michael Stanislawski (who introduced Mehta) has perhaps the most serious face of anyone I’ve ever seen. A few minutes ago, he had his left hand on his chin and periodically touched his nose. Now he had forgone the support of his hands entirely, but his face remains the same.
6:41 PM – Mehta makes a strong point: violence and killing are not proscribed in their own right by these systems of thought which sanction the formation of government: they merely represent disorder and inconvenience when used wantonly. (he spent the last 15 minutes illustrating this in the British empire. Meanwhile Stanislawski has maintained his face and position) Summarized view of West: straight terrorism bad, state terrorism OK.
6:49 PM – First question is not by a student. “What about Condorcet?”
Stanislawski watch – after standing up briefly to ask questions, he has resumed his remarkable seriousness and focus, albeit now from a standing position. Props to Mehta for not being freaked out by him.
6:56 PM – Question (paraphrased) – “would a single world government perhaps solve our problems?” Answer: no.
7:00 – It is now 7pm (it’s a lucky number, and a Mersenne prime apparently)
7:05 – The dude is “perfectly happy to be a liberal” (despite his speech about its violence). It’s a “pretty damn good thing to be”
7:09 – Now it is done (I don’t really “get” liveblogging). Dude answered some pretty douchey questions after a tight speech; he called out a girl on a really long prepared question that wasn’t too relevant.
*shit as in the generic term for anything, not to say that it is a shit lecture