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Campus Resistance: Rise Up March 1st

Campus Resistance: Rise Up March 1st

The assault on campus values, traditional learning, and professional working conditions in higher education is a widespread problem. Many students are faced with debt until death and teaching is hardly a middle-class profession anymore. This isn’t education—it is exploitation. Recently confirmed Secretary of Education billionaire Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration will not be the leader that American higher education needs. That’s why it’s time to take a stand and make real change in highe ...

A Space for Social Justice Education

A Space for Social Justice Education

As an adjunct professor and social justice advocate, I am constantly aware those two paths can come into conflict. I have never been more aware of that than during the Occupy movement, where I was the first arrested and most arrested member of the Albany branch of the movement. In doing media interviews, I was regularly asked about what I did for a living. As one knee jerk reaction to organized protest is frequently “Get a job,” I was always happy to answer that I was an adjunct professor at bot ...

Why Activism Matters

Why Activism Matters

Someone recently told me that the most radicalizing experience is to try to work inside academia to affect change. It’s taken me years, literally years, to come to an understanding about the corrupt corporate model of higher education that has so swiftly taken over public and private colleges and universities across the country. Now all the staff and student services employees at my university wear a special uniform, they look like they are ready to go to work at McDonald’s. It appears this happ ...

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