As a major university in a political hub, Georgetown gets its fair share of noteworthy speakers—from the campus community sweating over Bradley Cooper to a very short-notice drop-in from the President this past spring. And this weekend, the Georgetown Lecture Fund is proudly sponsoring a talk by someone who’s sure to get students on all sides of the political spectrum buzzing with disagreement: Filmmaker, author, and baseball hat enthusiast Michael Moore.
The event, which opens the Lecture Fund’s 2011-2012 season with a bang, is entitled “Here Comes Trouble: An Evening with Michael Moore.” (Be warned that this is a little misleading—the event is actually at 3:00 p.m.). Moore is coming in conjunction with promotion of his new book, Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life. The Academy Award-winning director has been known for his left-wing politics and high-publicity antics ever since he got chased off the Oscar stage for turning his acceptance speech for Bowling for Columbine into an anti-war rant in 2003. Since then, he’s produced such politically-minded films as Fahrenheit 9/11, which explored the aftermath of the terrorist attack, and Sicko, a critical look at the U.S. healthcare system. And at a school that loves endless discussion of politics as much as Georgetown, he should be ready for, at the very least, an eager audience, if not one that’s necessarily on his side.
The event will take place in Gaston Hall on Friday, and is free of charge. Wristband distribution will begin at 12:30 p.m., but we expect the line won’t be quite as long as Obama’s was.
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