Did you really read the Ray Kelly Committee summary?

This afternoon, President Paxson sent out a brief email with a long attachment that detailed the findings of the committee created in November to examine the protest and eventual cancellation of the Ray Kelly lecture last October. The committee, formally known as the “Committee on the Events of October 29, 2013,” is led by B. Anthony Bogues, professor of Africana Studies, and consists of five faculty members, two undergraduates, and one graduate student.

Paxson had two primary goals for the committee: first, to investigate the details of the event and the discussions leading up to it, and second to come “to make recommendations that will establish Brown as a leader in supporting an inclusive environment for members of our community while upholding our deep commitment to the free exchange of ideas.” Again, today’s attachment is only the report of the committee’s findings after gathering materials relating to the event, talking to event organizers, students in attendance, administrators, and activists (the completion of goal number one).

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7 things I learned at Senator Olympia Snowe’s lecture

1528600_731761943500896_923142022_nThis Monday, the Taubman Center for Public Policy held its annual Noah Krieger ’93 Lecture, in which former Senator Olympia Snowe spoke on “Bridging the Divide.” Senator Olympia Snowe is best known for her work as a moderate Republican from Maine who served on, first, the U.S. House of Representatives and, later, the U.S. Senate. Her tenure was characterized by bipartisan aisle crossing, as famously seen during the trials regarding President Clinton’s impeachment.

Though she could’ve easily won reelection in 2012, Snowe retired from office due to her frustration with the lack of cooperation and bipartisanship in the Senate and Washington as a whole. She felt then, as she does now, that in order to change the climate of Congress, the fight for partisanship must be taken to the outside world. “Politics is too important to be left to politicians.”

Her lecture focused on this premise, elaborating on her current views of the state of Congress and its hyper-partisanship, citing reasons for its prominence, and offering solutions. So, without further ado, here are seven things I learned at Senator Snowe’s lecture:

#1 Olympia is one of a kind. At age 31, she became the youngest female Republican to ever be elected to the House of Representatives. She also is the only woman to ever be elected to both houses of her state’s legislature and U.S. Congress. In 2006, she was named one of America’s “10 Best Senators” by Time Magazine, the only female to be named such. Pretty badass.  Continue Reading

Former Senator Olympia Snowe to speak at Brown

Olympia Snowe

The Taubman Center has done it again, but this time perhaps with a little less controversy: the center is bringing Olympia Snowe, former U.S. Senator from Maine, to speak on campus on February 10.

A moderate Republican and three-term Senator, Snowe is known for her dedication to bipartisanship, particularly since the election of President Obama. Her voting record earned her a reputation among conservatives as a RINO — Republican in name only — but her leadership of the Senate’s “sensible center” was vital. She was the youngest Republican woman and the first Greek-American to serve in Congress. She also voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010, served on the Senate Finance Committee, and was named one of “America’s 10 Best Senators” by Time Magazine.

Snowe will speak on “the impact of hyper-partisanship on Congress, and how we can help fix the stalemate in Washington.” We’re sure she will have more to say about last year’s government shutdown than another person with an H2O-based name.

The lecture, a Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture, will be held in MacMillan Hall at 4 p.m. on February 10. No tickets are needed, so you have no excuse not to go! Check after the jump for the event’s poster.

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NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly to speak on campus today

NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Speaks To The Media

New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly will be delivering the annual Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture today at 4 p.m. in List 120. The event is sponsored by the Taubman Center for Public Policy.

Kelly’s lecture is entitled “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City.” According to the Taubman Center, it will cover policing on 9/11 and the policies he has implemented throughout his 11-year tenure. The Center’s event description states that the NYPD’s strategies under Kelly “have enabled the New York City Police Department to drive crime down by more than 30% since 2001.”

However, Kelly’s invitation to speak at Brown has sparked controversy on campus. A group of students has vocally pushed back against the lecture and the manner in which the Taubman Center framed it. A few days ago, a petition in protest of his appearance began circulating. Its authors’ opinion is that Ray Kelly’s policies, which the Taubman center alluded to positively in their event description, are in fact “harmful and unconstitutional.” The petition demands that the “lecture be cancelled.”

It seems that the lecture will go on as planned today. Last night, protesters held a “Racial Profiling Vigil” on the Faunce steps. This afternoon, they will protest the event itself with a rally outside List Art Center. We’ll be live-tweeting the lecture this afternoon (follow us on Twitter @BlogDailyHerald). This is shaping up to be quite the interesting week…

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