Do it tonight: Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Panel

An Occupy Columbus protester in front of the Ohio Statehouse. (

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that an Occupy Gambier movement sprouted last semester, while Kenyon has never had its own local Tea Party chapter (to my knowledge, at least). The Occupy movement is one frequently associated with young hipster-y liberals, something that Kenyon has no shortage of, while the Tea Party is usually associated with an older and more conservative crowd. But do these two movements actually share more in common than you’d think? And how big of an impact will each ultimately have, anyway? Are they just flashes in the pan, or are they here to stay?

Tea Party Protesters (

All these questions and more will be answered (or at least raised) in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Panelists will include Professors of Sociology John Macionis and Celso Villegas, Professor of Economics William Melick, Professor of Political Science Nancy Powers and Professor of American Studies Peter Rutkoff, all moderated by Professor of American Studies and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of American Democracy Kathleen Tipler. Additionally, Agora will host a Common Hour discussion tomorrow in Ascension.

“I’ll talk a little bit about regulatory capture, so if you’re interested in regulatory capture it would be a good idea to come,” said Melick when I ambushed him after his Macroeconomics class this morning. “And then the other panelists, I have no idea what they’re going to talk about, but they look pretty interesting, so it might be worth attending.”

Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party Panel, tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater.

One response

  1. As keeper of the OccupyGambier twitter account, I want to clarify that OccupyGambier did not sprout last spring. There is no encampment, only the social media. We are trying to tailor our activism to best appeal to a community such as Gambier. Currently, we’ve focused on bringing information to campus, both through the twitter and a number of smaller days of action/solidarity.

    Hope to see everyone out there tonight!

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