Scholar John Gerassi recalls in one of his books a meeting that took between Jean-Paul Sartre and Herbert Marcuse in a Paris café at the height of the 60s
As a member of the professorate for the past 15 years, I have been thinking about these two philosophers a great deal lately, and how far we have retreated from the educational goals and values of that era. Some of the pedagogical and curricular reforms of that era have been severely watered down, or in some cases abandoned altogether. This has led me to wonder if there is a connection between the crisis that many of the colleges and universities that I teach at are in, and the abandonment of the values and goals of higher education of the 1960s.
The backlash reaction to the progressive reforms of curriculum and student involvement in higher education has spawned a return to an earlier type of schoolmaster/schoolmarm style of education that degrades advanced studies in order to emphasize a “return to basics.”
WA activist #KeithHoeller encourages #PTfaculty to be part of an historic moment: Our Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will be hearing Senator Timothy Sheldon’s Senate Bill 5844 this Friday, Feb....
Links and a summary of the bill by Jack Longmate (image)
Thanks to all of you who have extended your congratulations, and to the rest of you who are pulling for us in Colorado. As most of you know by now, the “Community College Pay and Benefits Act of 2014,” HB14-1154, passed through the Colorado House State Affairs Committee early yesterday evening by a party line vote of 7-4.
The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) has a powerful lobby. With this triumph we cleared a significant hurdle, although the challenge ahead is considerable.
....Just to make this clear: We are in it to win it. Thank you for your interest and support. Don Eron
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One remarkable dimension of the story making the rounds about CUNY failing to pay some of its adjuncts is that these faculty are represented by a union. Approximately 400 faculty missed one paycheck, and 100 more than one.
A special joint issue of the ADE Bulletin and the ADFL Bulletin on contingent faculty has been posted on the ADE and ADFL Web sites. An initiative of the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession, the joint ...
What worries me is that any number of people who have every reason to be happy about how their lives turned out — they made a good transition to non-academic work, they have tenure-track or tenured jobs themselves ...
I headed home for the holidays to Lakewood, New Jersey, once a beautiful resort renowned for its lake, pine forests and clean air. At the turn of the last century, it was home for some of the wealthiest in this country.
In These Times UIC Faculty Union Flexes Muscles in Showdown Over Adjunct Pay In These Times But the academic labor movement has also been heating up of late, thanks in part to stronger alliances between contingent and tenure-track faculty.
Once upon a time, you might have said that someone “disappeared.” But in the 1970s in Argentina, Chile, and elsewhere, that verb grew eerily more active in its passive form. He or she no longer “disappeared,” but “was disappeared” -- up to 30,000 Argentineans by their own military in the course of an internal struggle that came to be known as “the dirty war.” Those gone were the “desaparecidos.”
There is something so deeply, morally repugnant about disappearing another human being, no matter how or where or why it’s done, that it’s hard to express. Yet in twenty-first century America, the possibilities for disappearing people in new and inventive ways may be migrating online, as former State Department whistleblower and TomDispatch regular Peter Van Buren suggests in his latest post. Tom
Welcome to the Memory Hole
Speaking of censorship, transparency and information "management" - not that these have anything to do with higher ed, right?
Many economists think that the next bubble to burst in our current crisis will be student loans.
.....The academy should be an institution that works for the public good. It should be free from centralized power. It should be a hub for intellectualism. The academy should be a place that questions society and its practices. Education should be dedicated to critical analysis of, as opposed to co-operation with, the state, big business and special interests. To fail in this analysis is a betrayal
....graduates have a choice to make. To defend the status quo, or to revolt and join the struggle of the proletariat.
JANUARY 21, 2014: take Academic Action with Adjunct Justice by ANA M. FORES TAMAYO: I was an adjunct. But I can no longer call myself such. I have not taught since this summer, chance classes I picked up. I hope that for education, for us —the precariat, the adjunct, the contingent, the casual, the occasional worker, whatever we want to call ourselves— we have a new year filled with promise, hope, action, change. I may no longer work in Higher Ed, yet I still have hope. Though I was “fired” over a year ago now, and though I tried to fight this action as unjust, the administration could not let me “infect” others and wanted to rid itself of my influence.
The rise of adjunct faculty. January 7, 2014. Hour 2. Guests: Debra Leigh Scott and Adrianna Kezar. Part-time professors or adjuncts now make up over 49% of the faculty on university campuses and 70% of community college faculties.
The new majority in academia represent non-tenure-track scholars. Adjunct instructors are struggling to get by, or even struggling to survive. Graduate students continue to push ahead with either limited support or even in the ...
So. 2013 was kiiiiind of a big year in Schuvania, where my life changed in literally every way possible. OH YEAH THAT. I have few regrets about 2013–not because nothing I did was ill-advised (just about everything I did was ill-advised!
Al Jazeera America NYU Graduate Assistants to Join Auto Workers' Union New York Times In 2000, after a favorable decision by the National Labor Relations Board, a majority of the university's graduate assistants voted to join the U.A.W.