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Al Gore – NASPA/ACPA Joint Meeting

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Al Gore

Here is the first 30 minutes of Al Gore’s keynote at the NASPA/ACPA 2007 Joint Meeting. [27 mb mp3]

The talk was fairly similar to An Inconvenient Truth. Vice President Gore used an Apple MacBook Pro and Keynote 3.0 to deliver his presentation. It’s probably the best infographic talk that I have ever witnessed. The content and the presentation were stellar.

Al Gore
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Orlando, Florida

As Vice President of the United States, winner of the popular vote in the mind-whirling campaign of 2000, congressman, Vietnam veteran and journalist, Al Gore offers a unique perspective on national and international affairs. He is also one of the most powerful champions of environmental awareness in America today.

His multimedia presentation, which is a mesmerizing account of the consequences of climate change, was turned into the critically acclaimed documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and is making headlines across the country.

In addition to his impassioned efforts with the environment, he has also carved out a considerable business career as Chairman of Generation Investment Management, a new London-based fund management firm that creates environment-friendly portfolios; Senior Advisor to Google; one of the Board of Directors of Apple Computer and is President of the recently launched and successful Current TV, a cable television network aimed at 18 – 24 year olds which is best described as a cross between MTV and CNN.

Written by Eric Stoller

April 8th, 2007 at 3:25 pm

  • Gerald Pechenuk

    You left out he works for the lying Blair Government in Britain (that was publically announced on October 30, 2006), the one that got us into this insane war in Iraq. You left out he believes in global depopulation. You left out he is close to the racist genocidalist Prince Charles. You left out he framed up a black City Councilman eho was foujnd completely innocent when he was a newspaper reporter. You left out that the carbon cap and trade he is pushing the governments to adopt will enrich himself by millions. You left out that the carbon trade will be run by the same oit swindlers who are looting the hell out of everyone now. . Gerald Pechenuk, LaRouche PAC cities12345@yahoo.com

  • http://ericstoller.com/blog/ Eric Stoller

    GP- By the way, on the LaRouche PAC site, I found the following gem of a quote:

    “the theory of man-made Global Warming is a lying hoax used to perpetuate political and private financial interests.”

    Umm I’m going to have to disagree with you and the L-PAC on this one….
    Thanks for letting me know about those bits of info on Gore in your comment. I will try to find some sources that back up your statements…

  • http://radarblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/i-have-heard-yet-i-do-not-believe.html radar

    Uh Eric? “Global warming” is not all it’s cracked up to be.

    Oh, and any comments on Al’s $1100 monthly electric bill?

  • http://ericstoller.com/blog/ Eric Stoller

    Hi Radar – Nice to see a fellow student affairs administrator on the site :-) I hope you enjoyed Orlando.

    You’re absolutely correct — the entertaining wild ride that is global warming is actually a very scary phenomenon.

    That’s definitely a pricey bill. I bet the $1100 a month that he spends on electricity is actually at a lower cost to the environment (I’ve read that he purchases electricity generated through renewable resources) than most businesses that utilize that much juice per month.

    Hey! I checked your Blogger profile. Are you an Iowan or did you just attend Iowa State University?

    At least we can agree that environmental wellness is important…

  • http://radarblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/i-have-heard-yet-i-do-not-believe.html radar

    Environmental wellness is important. However, Al Gore’s alarmism is completely unnecessary. I’m assuming you’ve checked out my site and have at least browsed and seen some of the fundamental problems with Al’s premise. By the way, his “renewable resources” investments are into a company he owns. It’s interesting to buy “carbon offsets” for your mansion by investing in your own company. Convenient, huh?

    Since you have seen my site your assumption is correct. I am also a member of your “hwg” club, but I feel my identity as a conservative in higher education makes me the most marginalized of all (at least in my immediate surroundings).

  • Michelle Marie

    Hi Radar,
    I’m no expert on environment, energy, or politics, but I am intrigued by your suggestion that your conservative viewpoint marginalizes you in academia to an extent more extreme than that of those outside the hwg club. Perhaps your responses to a few questions will serve to satisfy my interest:

    Are you, because of your conservative perspective, paid anywhere from 58 to 87% of what people of other perspectives are paid?

    Are you, because of your conservative perspective, subject to being legally fired if you reveal your conservative perspective?

    Do you, because of your conservative perspective, find that apartments which were formerly available become suddenly unavailable when prospective landlords discover your conservative perspective?

    Are your physical surroundings and activities structured in such a way that you, as a person with a conservative perspective, are denied access and/or cannot participate?

    Are you and other people with conservative perspectives systematically denied the ability to make your views publicly known? In other words, are radio, television, and print media devoid of representations of people like you?

    At the national level, do people with conservative perspectives constitute only 15% of elected officials?

    Are state policies structured in such a way that definitions of family exclude people with conservative perspectives?

    Are people with conservative perspectives disproportionately represented in correctional facilities?

    Radar, I feel for you, really I do – I’m sure it is very, very stressful to be a conservative hwg in higher education – but mostly I am sorry that your heterosexual white male privilege is blinding you to both the reality of oppression in the lives of people who are not heterosexual, white, male, able-bodied, and middle-class AND to the vast potential that people with unearned privilege have to work against injustice.

  • http://radarblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/i-have-heard-yet-i-do-not-believe.html radar

    Are you, because of your conservative perspective, paid anywhere from 58 to 87% of what people of other perspectives are paid?

    No.

    Are you, because of your conservative perspective, subject to being legally fired if you reveal your conservative perspective?

    Absolutely. Some people in my grad program were given conditional admittance due to their conservative views.

    Do you, because of your conservative perspective, find that apartments which were formerly available become suddenly unavailable when prospective landlords discover your conservative perspective?

    Probably not.

    Are your physical surroundings and activities structured in such a way that you, as a person with a conservative perspective, are denied access and/or cannot participate?

    Absolutely. I am routinely excluded form activities that others don’t want me to be a part of or assume that I “should not be” a part of.

    Are you and other people with conservative perspectives systematically denied the ability to make your views publicly known? In other words, are radio, television, and print media devoid of representations of people like you?

    Constantly. Not only am I censored in class, I feel my blog (anonymously) is my only method of release. I am constantly lectured that Jesus would have been a Democrat and conservativism is incompatible with student affairs (which you and Eric apparently agree with). The media is filled with insulting and derogatory examples of conservatives, corporations, Christians, and religious leaders in general. The national news and “old media” is hopelessly biased towards liberals. Ever watch CNN?

    At the national level, do people with conservative perspectives constitute only 15% of elected officials?

    Probably more like 50-50. Or, if you believe the national polls, conservatives make up less than 28% of the population.

    Are state policies structured in such a way that definitions of family exclude people with conservative perspectives?

    Not yet.

    Are people with conservative perspectives disproportionately represented in correctional facilities?

    I have no idea.

    Since there is no hierarchy of oppression, do I still have to get a certain number of questions right to qualify? Or does the color of my skin automatically disqualify me?

  • http://ericstoller.com/blog/ Eric Stoller

    Hi Radar –

    How can a graduate program grant conditional admittance to people based on their identity? I’ve heard of programs that grant conditional admittance based on grade point average, gre scores, etc. What did that process look like?

    It definitely sucks to be excluded because of identity…

    How are you censored in class? I am genuinely curious. Is it because your classmate and professors do not make you comfortable? That can definitely be a form of censorship…

    Who in the heck is saying that Jesus was a democrat? That happens in your class?

    Whoa. I have never said that conservatism is incompatible with student affairs. I feel that racist, homophobes, etc. should not be in positions of power where they can harm the dignity of students that they work with. There is a huge difference as I have never said that conservatism = racism (or insert another form of oppression here).

    I appreciate that you answered Michele’s comment.

    I think you and I both qualify as heterosexual white men who have a lot of institutional privilege and that we can both work to end oppressions.

  • Michelle Marie

    Hi Radar, this is fun! You answered my questions!

    Oppression is not so much something we “qualify” for as it is the unfair system of allocation of power within which we all live, and my questions were intended to illustrate your position within them. Though it is, as you note, very important to eschew the ‘I’m more oppressed than you are’ game, it’s still very valuable to recognize the many areas in which we hwp (hetero white people – a new club that I, as a non-penis-possessor, can be a part of) enjoy unearned privilege, because it gives us the broadest possible perspective from which to understand other people’s positions.

    For me, a white, able-bodied, old-enough-but-not-too-old, educated, heterosexual, mortgage-holding, slender, fertile, coupled, English-speaking, Christian, attractive, tall woman with ‘good’ hair, it’s not easy to ‘see’ through the eyes of people whose lives are daily marked by discrimination. (I could make a list of the ways in which my life is daily marked by privilege, but it would be a very long list and anyhow Peggy McIntosh did a very thorough job of that already.)

    There are three openings in my “shields” of privilege that allow me to glimpse the experiences of those whose identity is located in a position less privileged than mine; sexism (obviously), motherhood (I will explain), and seventh grade at a small junior high school in southern Oregon (surprisingly enough):

    Sexism: Tomorrow I will ask all my men students to stand, and then I will ask them what they do, on a daily basis, to avoid being sexually assaulted. There will be some shuffling and perhaps some nervous laughter, and I will allow the silence to hang for a moment before I ask them to sit and the women to stand, and I will ask them what they do, on a daily basis, to avoid being sexually assaulted.

    I don’t try to write their responses on the board anymore, because I can’t write that fast.

    Motherhood: This past summer, a colleague and I presented a new theory of the systematic oppression of mothers at our professional organization’s national conference. We draw a variety of parallels between the experiences of mothers and the experiences of other recognized systems of oppression; briefly, mothers earn a good deal less, on average, than non-mother women (while fathers earn more than non-father men!), mothers are subject to discrimination only when we reveal our status as mothers, participation in work assumes a lack of mothering responsibilities and is constructed around the life situations of men and non-mother women, barriers to mothers’ equal access to education exist at the institutional level, mothers experience the stress of “shifting” between work and family communities, and so on.

    While being a woman and being a mother are definitely salient aspects of my identity, and aspects by which I am oppressed, I must also acknowledge that my membership in neither category has created nearly as much capacity for empathy as the seventh grade.

    For reasons much too tedious to enumerate, in the seventh grade I was uncool. No, I was not just uncool, but I was downright unpopular. I was as excluded from the in-group as it was possible to be and still be white and heterosexual. As trite as I acknowledge this sounds, it is the only experience based on which I can claim to even begin to recognize how it feels to be a member of a marginalized group. It’s shitty!

    It sounds like you, too, know what exclusion feels like. The funny thing is that our feelings of being an outsider are pretty much context-dependent (a professional environment, in your case, or a time and place, in mine). It’s difficult to imagine what it must be like to not be able to escape the feeling of being an outsider in the world.

    That said, I’ll clarify what I was getting at with my questions to you:

    Women’s earnings – when factors such as hours worked and education level are controlled for – are 58 to 87% of men’s earnings, depending on race.

    Non-heterosexual people are subject to being legally fired if their sexual identity becomes known.

    People of color routinely find that apartments which were formerly available become suddenly unavailable when they arrive and prospective landlords discover that they are of color.

    Disabled individuals live in a world in which their physical surroundings and activities are structured in such a way that they are denied access and/or cannot participate.

    Marginalized groups are disproportionately unrepresented in radio, television, and print media. When they are present, they are often tokenized and/or depicted in stereotyped ways.

    At the national level, women constitute only 15% of those in congress.

    State policies overtly define ‘family’ in ways that exclude non-married/non-heterosexual families.

    People of color, particularly poor black men, are vastly disproportionately represented in correctional facilities.

    The bottom line for me is a personal commitment to understanding the experiences of marginalized groups (to the extent of my capacity to do so) – and acknowledging them when I can’t understand them – while recognizing that my attempts to do so are severely hampered by my embodiment of privilege (which, in its turn, greatly enhances my daily life). **sigh**

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  • Dan Wolf Mattas

    Eric, you have a great web site it gives people a chance to express thier feelings. I am not an euducated man like most of you people, I only write, think and believe in simple terms. I have received my euducation from shamans, medicine men, Indigenous people with little euducation, people who live with oppression every day of their lives. When I look at the politicians in this country it confuses me. When anyone runs for any kind of office the first thing they do is look into his background to see how much dirt they can find on him. It looks like one big hate campain, exsample we hate France because they wouldn’t join a war that was bull-shit. France has the the best hospital care in the industrial world, cleanest country, lowest unemployment, and they vote for a President no matter what he does in his privte life as long as he runs the country for the people. France has this strange way of thinking, they think whatever is privite should be kept privite. There are other countries I could talk good about also but I don’t have enough paper with this e-mail. My euducation and wisdom did not come from books it came from being there. I know some of you will awnser my e-mail telling me, if you don’t like the country leave it, well my friends, I already have many times but, I come back because of family. The truth is I love this country, it’s the establishment I don’t like. If you want to criticizes or judge me tell me where you’ve been. What I’m trying to say is instead of talking bull shit why not try putting your effords torwards fighting oppression, helping the poor, help people who can’t afford to by their medication, people who cant get hospital care because they don’t have insurence, hospital dumping of none insured people dropping them off on a street conner, speak up about the Katrina Victems who are forgoten. It takes people to make a country strong, not polotisions.

    Daniel Wolf Mattas.

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