Occupy Colleges Now: Students as the New Public Intellectuals

Occupy Colleges Now: Students as the New Public Intellectuals

Police pepper spray students at a UC Davis demonstration on Friday, November 18. (Screengrab: asucd; Reproduced courtesy of Truthout)

Making clear that the police violence used against the Occupy protesters on University of California campuses was brutal and unjustifiable, Henry Giroux connects the goals of the Occupy movement to the ascendance of anti-democratic forces and the diminishing quality of higher education. Drawing on the insights of public intellectuals such as Edward Said and Arundhati Roy, Giroux envisions the potential for universities to restore their status as democratic public spheres. He encourages young people inside and outside of universities to take up their roles as public intellectuals and become part of a collective movement to discover “our way to a more humane future.” Read the article…

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