The news focused on Tucson, Arizona last week. This week in Evening Focus we will look at Tucson through the eyes of one who lives in the area and watched the events unfolding. (More)

First, our thanks to last week’s Evening Focus lecturers. ::looks around frantically::

Oh, that’s right. This is a new category and there was no last week. Whew.

This week, revgerry makes her BPI Campus debut in a three-day series on Tucson, Arizona starting on Monday, January 17th at 9pm Eastern. In the Author’s own words:

First we will look at Tucson from an historic and cultural perspective, to place everyone in a unique city. Then, all of Arizona has been affected by the Republican State legislature passing SB1070, the “papers please” law, and by their severe budget cuts to all education, and by the Governor taking a list of people off the wait list for certain transplants and threatening to take hundreds of thousands off public health care altogether. But Tucson has been directly targeted by the Republican State legislature passing a law banning a model Ethnic Studies program. This case exemplifies the values conflict between Baja Arizona and the Phoenix area, and makes really clear the authoritarian nature of “conservative” philosophy. A third piece will then describe Tucson processing its grief and shock after the recent tragic shooting, and make it clear why we believe, as the University proclaimed at the memorial the President and members of his cabinet attended, that “Together We Will Thrive,” why some Republicans were offended by that response, and how the culture of violence vs the culture of care played out in our response to the commonly-despised threat that Westboro was going to come to disrupt the funerals.

Please give revgerry a warm BPI welcome. All three articles will post at 9pm Eastern and revgerry will be available in the comment threads to facilitate the conversation. And as with all BPI Campus posts, our students and faculty often comment from other time zones (or levels of insomnia) and will likely add thoughts throughout the evening and into the next several days. Please check back and pick up a thread, reply to a comment or post a comment on something about the post that struck you later. Comments are checked often by Authors and other students.

Note: At present, we do not have an Evening Focus lecture scheduled for Thursday (January 20th). If you have an interest in posting either a one-day story or a two-day series, please volunteer in the comments or contact us.

Beginning Sunday, January 16, 2011, BPICampus has added a second Today’s Buzz evening open thread titled Campus Question. Today’s Buzz is our Student Union: where the students and faculty gather to play cards (no cheating!), talk about the weather, the news and their lives as they wait for classes to begin. The Campus Question will post at 6pm Eastern and will pose a question of the day to touch lightly on a topic of interest. Feel free to hang out anytime in either of our buzz threads.

Now a word from our sponsors:

Evening Focus, like Morning Feature (but more convenient for evening and West Blogistan readers) allows Authors to explore topics over two or more days. Authors wishing to contribute to Evening Focus should contact NCrissieB to get on the group email list set up to work out posting times and other details.

We also have openings for our campus soapbox, Furthermore!, our afternoon people-watching series Midday Matinee, and our evening environmental series Our Earth.

If you are already a BPI Author, you will find a complete list of category openings in the Authors Notepad in your Dorm Room. To reserve a slot, type in your user name, topic, and date, and click “Save Notes.” The note will be removed when you are added to our Schedule.

If you are not yet a BPI Author and would like to contribute at BPI, please contact the BPI Webmistress.

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Happy Sunday evening! And Happy Sunday afternoon to those in the leftier time zones.