Politics of the Contemporary American Student Left

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Thu, 06/24/2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Full Description: 

Within both historical and contemporary imaginations, university students are posed as playing an indispensable part in progressive and radical Left political movements. But the twenty-first century student Left is hardly monolithic in its inclinations, ideologies and impulses. Rather, the current state of student politics is one exemplified both by autonomous actions and alliances, converging and diverging in the anti-war movement, labor solidarity campaigns, school occupations, new attempts toward intellectual discourse and theoretical engagement. Such a multifaceted scene requires an adequate address. This workshop seeks to host a variety of perspectives amongst actors and organizers of the contemporary student Left, engaging their experiences in dialogue with a multitude of questions that remain incompletely addressed as to the future of the university within the realm of emancipatory politics. We hope to utilize a panel of speakers that includes diverse voices from across the country to frame the discussion. Particular attention will be paid to the panelists' perspective on the importance of protest as political act, the prevalence and relevance of identity politics, and the current direction of student ideas and activism.

Organizer Name: 
Greg Gabrellas
Organizer Email: 
flwrboi5000@gmail.com
First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
Platypus Affiliated Society
Language(s): 
English
Tracks: 
Capitalism in Crisis: tearing down poverty, building economic alternatives & a solidarity economy
To the Left: building a movement for social justice: intersections and alliances across race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability…
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