The first “News at Noon” discussion of the Fall 2012 semester tackles to a hot topic.  “Legitimate Rape: The Power of Words in an Election Year” is the title of The Current’s “News at Noon” discussion, with a free pizza lunch, on Wednesday, September 19, at 12:15 p.m. in MSC Room 316.

Pizza will be provided to the first 25 students. “Legitimate Rape: The Power of Words in an Election Year” is co-sponsored by Gender Studies at University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The forum will raise several questions:  Are politicians really waging a “war on women?” If so, what are some of the repercussions? How has the media represented the issue and how do words influence our understanding? Discussion leaders will be  Jerry Dunn, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Child Advocacy Center, and David Kimball, Professor of Political Science, with UMSL Psychology graduate student, Emily Strang.

Two New York Times articles will be part of this discussion: “Akin Controversy Stirs Up Abortion Issue in Campaign” (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/us/politics/todd-akin-controversy-may-hurt-republican-chances.html?emc=eta1) and “G.O.P. Trying to Oust Akin from Race for Rape Remarks” (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/21/us/politics/republicans-decry-todd-akins-rape-remarks.html?emc=eta1).

“News at Noon” is a monthly discussion with a pizza lunch series for faculty and students which focuses on current events. The series is co-sponsored by The Current and the New York Times, with support from the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Student Life at UMSL.

The next News at Noon will be Wednesday, October 10, when the topic will be “Election Issues That Matter Most to College Students.”