Today in 1928: An obscenity trial began for Radclyffe Hall’s novel, “The Well of Loneliness.” Great Britain banned it for its treatment of lesbianism, though it contained no explicit sexual references.
A U.S. court in 1929 ruled similarly, for its sympathetic portrait of homosexuality, and because it “pleads for tolerance on the part of society.”
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, The Madison Institute will sponsor “Where Do We Go From Here? Reflections on the way forward in the afternath of the November elections.” Speakers include Ed Garvey, Ruth Coniff, Georgia Duerst-Lahti and Bill Kraus. This is tonight at 7:30pm at Morgridge Auditorium, in Grainger Hall, at University Avenue and Park Street. It is free and open to the public. More info at 608-438-4178.
Tomorrow is Peace Fest IV. The themes of this year’s Peace Fest are the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the 49th Anniversary of the JFK assassination, which is on Thanksgiving this year. Peace Fest IV is tomorrow from 5 to 9pm at the Pancake House, 6220 Nesbitt Road. It will feature free food and drink, Celebrity Joe Soko, the Peace Economics film, Dr. Jim Fetzer, a noted author and expert of many books on JFK assassination, Dr. Bob Reuschlein warming economy war cycle theory, and an open Mic with 5 minute speeches by audience members. Peace Fest IV is free to the first fifty to arrive OR who rsvp to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm today. There is a small cost after first fifty rsvp’s. For more info, email email@example.com.
Sunday is “Arboretum Walk: Thinking Like an Arboretum.” Aldo Leopold’s essay “Thinking Like a Mountain” is the basis for this tour about the relationship between predators and prey, and the diversity of ecosystems. This event is free and guided by an Arboretum naturalist. Dress for the weather and for walking on dirt trails. This is Sunday at 1pm at the UW Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway. More info at www.uwarboretum.org
The PFLAG monthly meeting will be held on Sunday. The topic : Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or DADT. Dorothy Carskadon, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Madison Vet Center and former CPT Carskadon of the US Army Reserves, will discuss her experiences with the DADT policy of the US Department of Defense as well as the Veterans Administration policy concerning LGBT personnel. She will discuss VA benefits and her experiences in the military, including getting shot and seriously wounded by a gunman at Ft. Hood in 2009. This will be Sunday from 2:15 to 4pm at the Friends Meeting House, 1704 Roberts Circle. For more info contact Sharon at 271-5440.