Aug. 17, 2017: What to Know 

- Prof. Scott Yenor of the Boise State University School of Public Service -  - BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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  • Prof. Scott Yenor of the Boise State University School of Public Service
  • An effort is underway to fire a Boise State University professor following the publication of an article about "radical feminism" and transgender rights in The Daily Signal. A petition initiated Aug. 14 calls for the removal of Dr. Scott Yenor, who teaches political philosophy and constitutional law, from the faculty of the Boise State College of Public Service. As of 9:30 a.m., the petition had 1,680 signatures out of the 2,500 required for it to land on the desk of Boise State President Bob Kustra. Yenor's article argues transgender rights activists "are seeking to abridge parental rights by elevating the independent choices of young children," and claims "Respecting the sexual and gender 'choices' of ever-younger children erodes parental rights and compromises the integrity of the family as an independent unit." According to the petition, Yenor's article "threatens the existence of queer and non-binary folks by promoting rhetorical violence against their livelihood," and shows he is "unfit to teach." In a Facebook post dated Aug. 12, School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook wrote he does not "endorse the opinions expressed in Professor Yenor's piece ... or the scholarly writing on which that piece is based," but that equally he is "not willing to condemn Professor Yenor's scholarship and writings or worse, agree with those posters who question why university faculty should be engaging in public debates at all."

click to enlarge - Adam Rosenlund spoke at the unveiling of his mural at the main branch of the Boise Public Library. -  - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Adam Rosenlund spoke at the unveiling of his mural at the main branch of the Boise Public Library.
  • Ahead of its 2017 Library Comic Con, the Boise Public Library unveiled a mural by comic book artist and frequent Boise Weekly illustrator Adam Rosenlund on Thursday morning. The mural, which is located at the Main Library branch at the intersection of Eighth and River streets, is a celebration of the comic book medium. It will reside in its current location for one year. "The greatest influences in my life were comics and comics artists," Rosenlund said. "I hope the community at large enjoys the piece." The Library Comic Con is slated for Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 26-27.
  • A flyer for the "white power, skinhead"  Hammerfest music festival happening in Boise surfaced shortly after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia between white supremacists and counter-protesters. The Hammerfest event is presented by the Northwestern Hammerskins, a chapter of the Dallas, Texas-based Hammerskin Nation, which was described by the Anti-Defamation League as "the most violent and best organized neo-Nazi skinhead group in the United States."

    The announcement of a 2012 Hammerfest event in Boise drew the ire of the public and the attention of the Boise Police Department, which worried it would lead to violence.

    Though unconfirmed, Hammerfest is slated to take place in the Boise area Saturday, Sept. 30. The specific time and location are unknown, and typically only released to vetted sympathizers who agree with the violent rhetoric of the skinhead bands and festival organizers.

    The Northwestern Hammerskin Chapter represents the Northwestern United States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.

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