Monday, October 26, 2015

UI Lecture Committee Craps On Caucus Night

Spectaculary bad scheduling:
The University Lecture Committee is pleased to announce its spring 2016 lineup:
The Eighth Annual Cassandra S. Foens, M.D. Lecture: Laverne Cox on February 1 at 5:00 PM in the IMU Main Lounge. In partnership with the University of Iowa Outreach & Engagement's "Just Living" Theme Semester.
An outspoken transgender advocate, Cox is the first trans-woman to produce and star in her own television show, "TRANSForm Me", appear on the cover of TIME Magazine [June 9, 2014] and be nominated for an EMMY. She is also the first trans-woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show, Orange is the New Black...
Great speaker. Not a great decision.

Can you think of anything else happening the evening of February 1? Think just a moment.

I'll wait.

Anywhere you might have heard that date.

Any place you might need to be at 7:00 that one night and one night only, February 1, 2016?

Obviously the lecture committee has overlooked something. Spell it out for them, Vanna:

I'm sure Laverne Cox has a lot to offer, and the lecture is a great opportunity.

But it's going to deprive UI students of another great opportunity, because there's not going to be enough time to leave the lecture site at the IMU and get checked in at your caucus site. Realistically, people are going to have to choose one or the other.  Which either defeats the purpose of brining in a name speaker, or disenfranchises people on the first student-friendly caucus date since 2004.

Buy an A, Lecture Committee, and reschedule this.

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