Archive for September 9th, 2008

Bernard-Henri Levy & Slavoj Zizek in NY

September 9, 2008

BERNARD-HENRI LÉVY & SLAVOJ ZIZEK: A Debate Instigated by Paul Holdengräber
Violence & the Left in Dark Times

those who want to see the (late) Elvis of social theory and an unspecified ‘rock star’ of public philosophy (one wonders, late Ringo Starr, perhaps?) can go spend their money at

Bernard-Henri Lévy, France’s “rock-star philosopher,” and Slavoj ZIZEK, the Slovanian “Elvis of cultural theory,” will scrutinize the totalitarianisms of the past as well as those of the future, as they argue for a new political and moral vision for our times and investigate the limits of tolerance.

Does the advent of capitalism cause more violence than it prevents? Is there violence in the simple idea of the neighbor? asks Zizek in Violence: Six Sideways Reflections.

Are human rights Western or Universal? How is it that progressives themselves-those who in the past defended individual rights and fought fascism-have now become the breeding ground for new kinds of dangerous attitudes, asks Lévy in Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against New Barbarism.

[thanks to Kristen Daly]

Learning Survey Research from Top Practitioners

September 9, 2008
“Meet The Masters”

Learning Survey Research From Top Practitioners

WEDNESDAY, September 17, 2008
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Lunch – 12:30 – 1:30 PM)
Baruch College

School for Public Affairs Building – Room 301

135 East 22nd Street (Corner of Lexington)

NYAAPOR is pleased to offer one of our most popular workshops, designed for beginning and experienced researchers alike. This all-day seminar allows participants to learn about survey research from some of its most eminent pioneers and practitioners.

    Topics will include:
  • “Sampling 101” – Murray Edelman, Distinguished Scholar, Rutgers University
  • “Choosing a Method” – Barry Feinberg, Executive Director, GfK Custom Research
  • “Responding to RFP’s” – Maureen Michaels, President, Michaels Opinion Research
  • “You Get What You Ask For: Asking Good Questions” – Micheline “Mickey” Blum, Director, Baruch Survey Research, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY
  • “Analyzing and Reporting the Findings” – Gary Langer, Director of Polling, ABC News
  • “Exit Polling for Commercial Research” – Joe Lenski, Executive Vice President, Edison Media Research

This seminar offers an inspiring look at the survey research process for students and beginning researchers.  In addition, more experienced researchers will have the opportunity to learn unique insights into the process from our distinguished presenters.  Comments and questions will be welcomed during each session. Lunch will be served.

PREPAID FEES: Members (NYAAPOR individual) $110; Non-members $140; Student members $60; and Honorary Lifetime Members $75.

Walk-ins – $15 extra!

Sorry, no refunds – but you can send someone in your place!

Please send a check (payable to NYAAPOR) by September 10th to:

Rosemarie Sharpe, NYAAPOR Secretariat

152 Madison Avenue – Suite 801, NY, NY 10016.

You may also register at (212) 684-0542,, or

[thanks to Bob Shapiro and Andie Tucher]


September 9, 2008

OneWebDay, an Earth Day for the Internet, is coming up – it’s two weeks from
today.  You may want to use the occasion to raise broad questions about
digital divide issues, standards-compliance, network neutrality, censorship,
interconnection etc. with your classes.  Like Earth Day, OneWebDay is a big
tent.  For ten ways individuals can celebrate OneWebDay, go to

The theme this year is online participation in democracy.  The overall goal
of the effort is to create a global constituency that cares about the future
of the internet and is willing to get involved in good works and good

There are physical events going on in Copenhagen, London, Melbourne (where
they’ve wiki-fied planning for the city’s future), Tunisia, Oxford, Sofia,
Kiev, all over Israel, Bangalore, Chennai, and probably other places I don’t
know about yet.

In the U.S., there are events in Austin, Chicago (Future of Music – several
days), Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Portland (where they really know
how to use wikis), Milwaukee, NYC, San Francisco, and DC.

In particular, in NYC at noon on 9/22 there’s a OneWebDay rally in
Washington Square:  Moderator Sree Sreenivasan (WNBC-TV), plus Tim
Westergren (Pandora), Larry Lessig (Stanford), Craig Newmark (craigslist),
Dharma Dailey (Ethos Group), City Councilwoman Hon. Gale A. Brewer, John
Perry Barlow, Andrew Baron (Rocketboom), SJ Klein (OLPC).  Sree will be
taking questions texted to the group, and the whole thing will be webcast.

In San Francisco, the city is using OWD as an opportunity to install
wireless access in low-income housing, with the help of EFF.

In DC, they’re putting together a time-capsule of e-democracy efforts, to be
re-examined in 2020.

To see all the details, go to  If you do end up having
some kind of participatory event at your law school or other institution,
use #owd2008 as the tag, and the web streaming guidelines at

[thanks to Olivier Sylvain]