Thursday, November 15, 2018
Kevin Sabet, author of Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana and president of SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a science-based policy organization, will discuss the perils of “Big Pot,” which he views as the big tobacco of our time. From reviewing the battles to legalize marijuana to emerging science about the drug to debunking its most common myths, Sabet will examine and analyze current drug policy trends in the U.S. and assess the veracity of competing claims about marijuana use and benefits.
Described by NBC as the “prodigy” of drug politics and policy, Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., is an author, consultant, former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, assistant professor, and serves as the president and CEO of SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which he founded with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy in 2013. He has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. He has worked in the Clinton (2000), Bush (2002-2003) Administrations, and in 2011 he stepped down after serving more than two years as the senior advisor to President Obama’s drug control director, having been the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in both Democrat and Republican administrations. He is the author of the book Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, published by Beaufort.
He received his Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters of Science from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar in 2007 and 2002, respectively, and his B.A. with high honors in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.
Dr. Sabet will be the third speaker in a series on the public policy implications of marijuana legalization sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.
From a poetry collection inspired by visits to national parks on the west coast to a blog documenting the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community in Taiwan, from an examination of World Cup mania in several South American countries to interviews with customers at Tim Horton locations in the province of Ontario, Canada, that reveal undercurrents in Canadian identity, and much more, the 2018-19 Appel Fellows, recipients of summer funding to engage in independent writing projects, read some of their work—journal entries, novels, newspaper articles and travel narratives—and reflect on their writing experiences.
Funded by Joel Appel ‘87, the Appel Fellowship provides first-year students with funding to engage in independent writing projects including:
Skyler Addison (‘21): A poetry collection inspired by visits to national parks on the west coast.
Elena Castellanos (‘21): A podcast series that explores ethnic communities in large U.S. cities.
John Church(‘21): Short stories inspired by travels through the French countryside.
Jennifer Collao (‘21): A film documentary of Latinx families in Peru and Argentina who have been separated by economic forces.
Sevion DaCosta (‘21): Interviews with customers at Tim Horton locations in the province of Ontario, Canada, that will reveal undercurrents in Canadian identity.
Emma David (‘21): A memoir that explores the idea of nostalgia via a visit to her hometown in the Bay Area.
Sabrina Hartono (‘21): Interviews with the “Forgotten Voices” of elders in a small Indonesian community.
Nate Huntington(‘21): An examination of World Cup mania in several South American countries.
Benjamin McAnally(‘21): A novel featuring a character whose travels take him to Switzerland.
Angel Ornelas (‘21): Blog posts documenting “Latinx queerness” in Los Angeles.
Hephzibah Oyibo (‘21): A personal narrative exploring her history and experiences in Nigeria, London, and Virginia.
Nandeeni Patel (‘21): A photojournalism project exploring the teaching system in her family’s hometown in India.
Elton Smole (‘21): A screenplay focusing on a rapidly changing world, set in New York.
Andria Tattersfield (‘21): A blog documenting the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community in Taiwan.
Featured in photo:
Top Row (from left): Jennifer Collao, Angel Ornelas, John Church, Sevion DaCosta, Nate Huntington, Skyler Addison
Bottom Row (from left): Andria Tattersfield, Elena Castellanos, Emma David, Nandeeni Patel, Sabrina Hartono
Not pictured: Benjamin McAnally, Hephzibah Oyibo, Elton Smole
Dangal (2016), directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Aamir Khan, is the story of an ex-wrestler who trains his two daughters to become award-winning international wrestlers. Dangal represents an example of a Bollywood that strives to present contemporary issues in an entertaining way. While the genre is clever in tugging at the heart strings to produce both tears and laughter—is there a danger of losing something in the entertainment?
Based on the true story of Mahavir Phogat and his two daughters, Geeta and Babita, Dangal is set in an Indian village bubbling with gender prejudice. Reflecting the equally pernicious corruption of the Indian sports scene, the film depicts how the girls ultimately triumph. The message of gender equality and the success of the ordinary man is loud and clear.
Yet a fundamental problem is summarized in the following quote from Aamir Khan speaking to reporters:
"Nitesh has written a wonderful story. The topic is very important, it's very dramatic. It highlights the discrimination that is meted out to the girl-child in India. The best part is that he has done it in a very entertaining manner. The heart of the story is emotional, but it also has a lot of humor. Each time I listen to the dialogues, I laugh a lot. I cry as well as laugh.”
While bringing important issues to the forefront, is Bollywood nevertheless undermining it’s message in the entertainment?
Movie screening will begin promptly at 5:30 pm.
(Freeberg Dining Room)