Author Archives: Public Intellectuals Project
Con-Dem-Nation and the Attack on Academic Cultures Liz Morrish offers critical insights into the language of the neoliberal academy—audit culture, enterprising academics, and student consumers—and considers the implications of such language for undercutting the traditional autonomy of academics within the … Continue reading
Is Occupy Oakland Undermining Its Own Message with Violence? The voices of 10,000 non-violent protesters in Oakland, California, were heard across the city on November 2, despite vandalism committed by a small group of people later that night. Occupy Oakland … Continue reading
Christopher Newfield, author of Unmaking the University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class, poses the question: Why is the university system in crisis? A central reason is the financial pressure put on colleges and universities by the “innovation economy,” pressure which has led to rising student debt, less personalized instruction, and growing research funding deficits.
Occupy Wall Street Marks the Latest Street Action against Capitalism Ben Agger illuminates connections between the OWS movement and “historical models of ground-up social change and civic activism,” from the civil rights movement to the women’s movement to anarcho-syndicalism. Understanding … Continue reading