Smile Politely

Listen Up: October 22–28

WHAT: Depending on Deficits: Whose Problem Is It, and Why Should We Care?Dr. Norman Ornstein – American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and columnist for “Roll Call”

WHEN: Monday, October 22 @ 3 p.m.

WHERE: Room 314A Illini Union

This will be a panel discussion, and other panel members will include Professor Scott Althaus (Political Science) and other distinguished U of I faculty. Ornstein will also be speaking at 7:30 Monday evening at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln, Urbana. More information about that event is available here.

WHAT: The Revolt of the Whip,” Joseph Love, Professor Emeritus, History. Former director Lemann Institute

WHEN: Tuesday, October 23 @ 12 noon

WHERE: 101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign

Not exactly sure what this is about, but Dr. Love has probably forgotten more about Latin American history than you will ever know about it, so it’ll probably be interesting, regardless of the specific topic.


WHAT: Leadership Lessons from a Decade in Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley,” Christopher Michel

WHEN: Tuesday, October 23 @ 4 p.m.

WHERE: Deloitte Auditorium Business Instructional Facility, 515 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign

Take it from the guy who founded, among other web ventures.


WHAT: Define American: Immigration in the 2012 Elections,” Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and founder, Define American

WHEN: Friday, October 26 @ 12 noon

WHERE: University YMCA, 1001 S Wright St.

From the event announcement: “After writing hundreds of stories, including covering the 2008 presidential campaign for The Washington Post; profiling Al Gore for Rolling Stone and Mark Zuckerberg for The New Yorker; writing and producing a documentary on the AIDS epidemic in the nation’s capital; and winning a Pulitzer Prize for helping cover the Virginia Tech massacre, Jose wrote an essay in The New York Times Sunday Magazine that revealed he is an ‘undocumented immigrant.’ Since then, he founded Define American and has worked to facilitate dialogue about the DREAM Act and immigration issues.”


You live near a major university and a community college. There are smart people that come here every week to talk to the general public about interesting topics. Perhaps you were not aware of this fact, or were overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities for possible enlightenment. If that’s the case, Smile Politely understands and is here to help. Here are several events going on in town this week. Check out one or more of them if you have time. Get your learn on, as they say, and join the cognoscenti. It’s free, you know. Plus, sometimes there’s free food, too!

If you have a community event, speaker, or film event that you’d like to see featured on Listen Up!, send the event information to joelgillespie [at] smilepolitely [dot] com by Friday the week prior to the event. Listen Up! runs on Mondays when classes are in session.

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