Diane Wilson is on the fourth leg of her long (indefinitely?) author tour. After leaving Boston early yesterday she took the train to New York, where she met up with the producers of PBS NOW to film an interview, which will air on December 9. According to Diane, the interview went real well but Penn Station could use some help. Diane missed her train to Bard College, where she was to give a talk to the Human Rights Project last night. She made the event by the skin of her nose.
I met up with Diane in Rhinecliff, NY, and brought her to the Bard campus, where we joined Bridget Hanna of the Human Rights Project. Bridget introduced Diane to a crowd of about thirty students, professors, and community members. Evidently Bard is the only school in North America to offer an udergraduate degree in human rights, which accounts for some of the enthusiasm the crowd had for Diane’s activism and her involvement in Bhopal.
By the end of her talk Diane had resolved to hunt down Warren Anderson, and students offered to help. One professor in the department claimed that Diane was the best speaker they’d hosted that semester–which says a lot, considering that Dahr Jamail had been to the school the week before.
Students were especially interested in Diane’s advice on practicing instant activism. She warned them against sleeping on rash ideas. This theme resurfaced at dinner, where a group of eight Bard community members joined us at Santa Fe Tivolis, a mexican restaurant that Diane called “my kind of place.” This morning we’ll be helping Bridget hang the Bhopal Photo Exhibit, which just arrived on campus.