With the election drawing near, politics has taken center stage on campus. On Oct. 3, David Yosifon, assistant professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law, spoke at Eastern's University Hour Series in the Science Building. Yosifon's presentation "Corporate Speech and the Future of American Democracy," focused on the effects of the decision of the 2010 case of "Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission," where the Supreme Court ruled that the first amendment forbids government from restricting the political speech of corporations.
On Oct. 8, the Intercultural Center and Women's Center hosted Jesus Nebot, a renowned filmmaker and transformational speaker, who presented a political lecture titled, "Presidential Election 2012: It's Your Choice," in the Student Center Theatre. Nebot encouraged first-time voters to exercise their right to vote.
On Oct. 10, "CartoonDanceMusic" showcased an improvisational trio composed of Hartford Courant political cartoonist Bob Englehart; dance artist and adjunct faculty member Brad Roth; and musician and composer Neely Bruce, in the Betty R. Tipton Room. During the improvisational performance, Englehart drew cartoons in real time, projecting them onto a large screen. Wesleyan Music Professor Neely Bruce played the piano, while Roth danced in the spaces in-between.
In addition, the Intercultural and Women's centers have sponsored voter registration drives. "In just three days, we have registered nearly 300 students," said Starsheemar Byrum, coordinator of the Intercultural and Women Centers. "In addition, the centers will provide shuttles to the polling sites on election day. We have worked hard to ensure that students are registered, educated and able to vote this coming November."
Derwin Hill, student assistant in the Intercultural Center, is leading the voter registration initiative. Other students helping Derwin include Michael Pina, Jendiya Williams, Ismael Gracia, Dwayne Smoot, Emilie Hattestad, Alisha Benintez, Kaitlyn Jolly, Jahaira Camacho and Sherona Ramsay.