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On January 15, 2015, Stanford undergraduate Brock Turner attacked a woman we now know as Chanel Miller.  She was unconscious and unresponsive at the time.  Had it not been for two international graduate students who were biking by that early morning and stopped him, it is entirely likely he would have done more than he did.  As it was, he was convicted of three felonies.

Stanford's response was and has been unacceptable.  One of its greatest failings is that it agreed, in writing, that a memorial grove be built at the site of the attack and that a commemorative plaque, bearing a quote from Ms. Miller's statement, be placed there.

When it saw what Ms Miller suggested be used from her statement, a statement that was read by millions around the world and also read into the Congressional record, Stanford reneged on its promise.

In response to that, a group of brilliant and imaginative students have used AR technology to create a virtual memorial that fulfills Stanford's promise.

They will unveil it in a ceremony on Friday Sept 27, starting at 1 pm.

Please show your solidarity and attend some time that afternoon.  The event is free, but the organizers ask that people use Eventbrite to secure a place.

Here is the link:

You should down load (free) Torch AR to your mobile phone.

There is a one-unit CR/NC course this quarter and all quarters called "Scholarship and Activism," which will meet 3 or 4 times a quarter to discuss important political and social issues, meet activist-scholars from around the country and the world, and think of ways to create meaningful change and support others in solidarity.  This is an experimental course funded by a grant from the Division of Literatures, Cultures, Languages.  So far only a few students have signed up.  We need more to enroll to have this course succeed.  For our first meeting we will meet for an hour, attend the ceremony described above, and then continue to get to know each other and plan the rest of the quarter.  Please join us, and tell others.  Climate change, sexual violence, racism, fascism, trans-phobia, human rights, are all possible topics. The aim is to create a durable time and place for people interested in these issues to meet, converse, and act.
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