Locals at the Monastiraki Metro Station, Athens, Greece, 2018
For those that have been wondering what I’ve been up to writing-wise, I’ve been finishing the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) on the leadership book my co-conspirator, Ryan Martens and I have been writing. It’s getting more readable, but it’s still interesting to write a book on leadership that says you have to develop your people, but at the same time realize as the author that how you develop people is intrinsically tied to how developed you are as a leader! It turns into an Escher-esque strange loop for sure!
And, on the lighter side, I happened across this article about Nina Hartley, noted porn star, and now free speech activist, who had been invited to the University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse, by the Chancellor, Joe Gow. Apparently, he hadn’t briefed the President of the University of Wisconsin system, Ray Cross, about Hartley’s appearance and the use of university funds for her speaking fee. For those of us that hire speakers, uh, Hartley’s $5K fee seems rather, uh, modest. Pun intended.
It’s all profiled in this link in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and while it’s really not a funny topic, any time there’s a porn star involved, I still have to laugh. Is it really a conflict of morals? Cross maintains that it is so. In a letter obtained by the local paper, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
“Apart from my personal underlying moral concerns, I am deeply disappointed by your decision to actively recruit, advocate for, and pay for a porn star to come to the UW-La Crosse campus to lecture students about sex and the adult entertainment industry,” wrote Cross in a letter obtained by the Journal Sentinel.
Or could it be something else? Hartley sheds some light with her opinion below:
“”As an advocate for sexual liberation, I’ve long been cast as either a threat or a menace,” she wrote, “and I posit Chancellor Gow was pressured into his decisions by those uncomfortable with my message and how my expertise was acquired.”
If one looks at the closing phrase in Hartley’s analysis, methinks there might just be an insight into how modern academia views experiential education! v-Meme conflict indeed!