Returning to the place it all began:Radical acts of refusal from an academic on the outside

This is a talk I gave in February to Dartmouth College’s Department of Sociology. I could have waited until I was famous enough for someone to create a book of my best lectures and talks, but that day isn’t here yet, and I need to work on getting my words and thoughts out, so here …

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I’m allowed to feel disappointed

Talking with Jill yesterday about disappointment and the post-ac hustle, I was reminded of Kate Ragon's chapter for The Precariat & The Professor, "Pleasure & Paradoxes of Organizing in the Corporate University." We come to academia for a variety of reasons, but so many of us arrived here because we are idealists, we are dreamers-- …

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Arranging The Deck Chairs

The following are Jill's and my responses to Nicole Monnier's recent piece about threats to academic freedom, "'One Faculty' and Academic Governance," and its follow-up piece, "Postscript," published in the AAUP's Academe blog over the course of the last week. If you want the Cliff's Notes version (TLDR), check out our accompanying photo of the Titanic orchestra fiddling …

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“I Know People Well Placed Above You”: Ghosts & Graduation

For two years in my early twenties, I worked as a nanny for a wealthy family in Sonoma, California. I traveled with them; I spent weeks at a time living alone with their son, while the parents traveled for business, and pleasure. I was supposed to feel like "part of the family," but that phrase, …

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Building a Public Commons for the Precariat

We're so happy and excited with the submissions we've received and we look forward to building interest in the anthology and impacting change. Moving forward, as we edit, work with a publisher, and get the book to market, we want to be able to give the contingent a platform to speak and connect. We'd like …

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Call For Papers: Deadline Extended to 8/1

The Precariat & The Professor is extending the deadline of our call for papers. We realize this is a busy time of year, and want to leave more time and opportunity for submissions from the diverse group of teachers, writers, scholars, and students we hope to attract for this project. Abstracts of no more than 300 …

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Call For Papers: The Precariat & The Professor

In the past 25 years, higher education has seen some major transformations. The percentage of college students who are Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, and Native American has increased steadily while the percentage of white students declines. Unfortunately, increased enrollment and newfound visibility does not necessarily translate into a seat at the table. University administration and …

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