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Comments on Dijana Milosevic: The Role of the Artist in Dark Times

Convocation this week was a little bit more interesting, in that this week’s speaker talked about the power of a group of people to protest peacefully, and incite change in doing so. Ms. Milosevic was fluid in her speech and comfortable enough to make jokes throughout the lecture. The video at the end- the one of the peaceful protest on the street- was inspiring. Seeing all of those people partying, protesting in their own way, leaving the police baffled, was amazing. Although, like most of the other lectures, I couldn’t manage to stay completely awake, I found the lecture incredibly easy to follow and inspiring. This was definitely one of the better lectures. -RC

I almost forgot to do this! Anyway, I found this weeks convocation more interesting but also slightly annoying. I enjoyed hearing about the creative ways that the people found to protest. It is not very often that you hear of protests of that size that don't involve violence. To be honest, at this time I don't remember a whole lot from the "nonvo". I do remember finding it hard to hear/understand what Ms. Milosevic was saying. It also annoyed me when she was talking while the videos were going (I couldn't multitask and pay attention to both!). Maybe she should have explained the videos before showing them or take the audio off of the video so we could hear what she was saying.--AC

Ms. Milosevic definitely seemed at ease while presenting. I stayed awake throughout, although the four people next to me were napping quite happily. I liked her use of videos. She explained them quite well and her joke about her home country and cell phones was quite funny. The video about the non-violent protest reminds me of Gandhi and his policies during the time of India's independence struggle. The video just goes to show that violent means are unnecessary and anything can be achieved by peaceful protests. -- SA
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