We recently launched a new weekly StudentNation series highlighting worthwhile student events, offering an incomplete but, we hope, illustrative survey of the scope and breadth of  student activism coast to coast. All of these events are open to the general public except when specifically noted otherwise.

RALLY FOR RIGHTS IN WISCONSIN

WHAT: Rally and Walk to the Capitol
WHEN:  Tuesday, February 22, 11:00 am
WHERE: Library Mall, University of Wisconsin Madison

Wisconsin-Madison students are walking out of their classes and convening at the Library Mall for a brief rally in support of the teachers unions. All participants will then walk to the Capitol to camp out and protest! UW-Madison faculty will be participating in a co-walk out, leaving their classes at 10:30 am to convene by Abraham Lincoln on Bascom Hill and walk down to Library Mall in solidarity. The rally is organized by a few groups, including the Teaching Assistants’ Association, and the UW-Madison faculty alliance PROFS.

LAILA EL-HADDAD IN SEATTLE

WHAT: Israel-Palestine Club: Laila el-Haddad, Book Tour and Lecture
WHEN: Tuesday, February 22, 1:00 pm to  3:00 pm
WHERE: Library Conference Room, Seattle-Pacific University, Seattle,

Laila el-Haddad, Nation writer, journalist and activist from Gaza, will speak about her recent book “Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything in Between” and discuss the current situation in the Gaza Strip and Egypt.
BUSTING BIG PHARMA ON THE FEMALE ORGASM IN VERMONT

WHAT: Orgasm, Inc: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure
WHEN: Wednesday, February 23, 4:30 pm to 6:45 pm
WHERE: Stafford Hall 101, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Director Liz Canner will screen her award winning film Orgasm, Inc: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure. Canner will discuss the film with the audience after the screening.  Orgasm, Inc. is a powerful look inside the medical industry and the marketing campaigns that are literally and figuratively reshaping our everyday lives around health, illness, desire – and that ultimate moment: orgasm.
HORROR OF HIROSHIMA AT BROWN

WHAT: Hiroshima: A Testimony “Love and Peace” by Atomic Bomb Survivor
WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 5:30 pm
WHERE: Salomon Center, Room 101 (De Ciccio Family Auditorium)
69-91 Waterman Street, Brown University, Providence

Shigeko Sasamori, then a girl of 13, was only one mile from the hypocenter when Little Boy exploded over Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 at 8:15 am.  Sasamori became one of 25 young Japanese women, known as the “Hiroshima Maidens,” chosen to travel to the US to receive extensive plastic surgery in 1955. Today, a 78-year old International Peace Activist and one of the few survivors who can communicate in English, she works tirelessly for nuclear disarmament, speaking at conferences and universities around the world. With an emphasis on “love and peace,” Sasamori has made it her life’s aim to protect humanity from the atrocities of war and nuclear weapons.

LICKING LITERACY ISSUES IN NASHVILLE

WHAT: Family Literacy Day Phone-a-Thon
WHEN:  Thursday, February 24 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
WHERE: Fidelity Hall 111, Belmont University, Nashville

Come to Fidelity 111 (Belmont’s Call Center) any time between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. to help call potential donors for Belmont’s 11th Annual Family Literacy day. Volunteers will be given lists of potential door prize and food donors, as well as lists of community groups to invite to the event, and scripts to help them know what to say.