Academic journal article et Cetera

The New York Society for General Semantics

Academic journal article et Cetera

The New York Society for General Semantics

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Andreas Teuber, a Brandeis University philosophy professor who has written extensively on the U.S. Constitution, liberty, equality, democracy, and the law, began the New York Society for General Semantics 2001 lecture series on February 1 with a talk on "The Right to Vote: Election 2000." Teuber spoke about how events in Florida during the past electoral season raised doubts in the minds of many Americans about the ways votes are counted, not only in Florida, but throughout the country. However, he noted that in the midst of all the partisanship and legal maneuvering there was near unanimous agreement on two points:

1. Whatever might be said about the events in Florida, they provided Americans with an unexpected and invaluable civic education.

2. However great the need for campaign finance reform, most Americans now believe that there is even greater need for some sort of electoral reform.

Those who attended the lecture also learned that for much of the nineteenth century there was no secret ballot in America and that John Stuart Mill was an ardent supporter of open balloting.

The second NYSGS lecture, titled "Strip Shows, Censorship, and Giuliani's War on Porn," was presented on March I by Katherine Liege-Levinson, educator and author of the forthcoming book, Strip Show: Performances of Gender and Desire, to be published by Routledge Press later this year. …

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