Un-Occupy Mailman

Reflections, Regrets, and Resistance:
An Open Invitation for Faculty to Break the Shameful Silence of Offstage Layoffs
"Enough words have been exchanged;now at last let me see some deeds!”
~ Goethe

"Enough words have been exchanged;
now at last let me see some deeds!”

~ Goethe

The Death of American Universities | Jacobin

Noam Chomsky - The Death of American Universities

"So the university imposes costs on students and on faculty who are not only untenured but are maintained on a path that guarantees that they will have no security. All of this is perfectly natural within corporate business models. It’s harmful to education, but education is not their goal."

"…a large increase in layers of administration and bureaucracy. If you have to control people, you have to have an administrative force that does it"

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

—William Hutchinson Murray interpreting Goethe

Basho Commentary

Haiku

Translates as resistance

When power

Is deaf to entreaty.

Faculty layoffs at Mailman are bellwether for academic corporatization | Columbia Daily Spectator

Students challenge the “tale of two Columbias.” “Many members of Mailman’s Board of Overseers have private interests in Wall Street, the for-profit health industry, and environmentally toxic industries like fracking. This raises questions about Mailman’s priorities,” writes Epi doctoral student Seth Prins. “A Columbia where one-percenters wield influence while fundamental social science faces extinction is unacceptable.