OWS Teach-In Information

First SLC Teach-InThe following are each speaker’s short biographies and descriptions  of their discussions from today’s teach-in:

  1. Kim Christensen (Economics and Public Policy Professor at Sarah Lawrence College)

Bio: Dr. Christensen’s research focuses on the intersection of economics with public policy issues, with a particular emphasis on issues of race, gender, class, and labor. She is a long-time political activist, most recently involved in OWS.

Talk: “How Did We Get Here? The Economic and Political Context for OWS.”: “Following a brief survey of the state of the mortgage/housing market, this talk situates the current economic crisis in the deregulation mania of the 1990s and 2000s, and in the increasing inequalities of income and wealth. We will locate this increasing inequality in both structural changes in the global economy and in regressive government policies that disproportionately favor the top 1%.”

  1. Dominic Corva (Latin American Politics Professor at Sarah Lawrence College):

Bio: Dr. Corva is a Political Geographer. His research interests include the role of social movements in political formation, the geopolitics of the “war on drugs” in the Western Hemisphere, transnational governance and state repression, biopolitics and hegemonic strategy, and the political economy of commodity chains.

Talk: “Cautionary Tales, Horizontal Tactics and Common Grounds: Notes and Notions from Occupied Latin America”: This talk presents parallels between the politics and tactics of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and those of recent social movements in Latin America that are also concerned with inequality and the dominance of financial interests in their governments’ economic policies.

  1. Jamee Moudud (Economics Professor at Sarah Lawrence College):

Bio: Dr. Moudud is an economics professor whose research publications focus on the relationship between industrial competition, innovation, and the developmental welfare state.

Talk: “Challenging the Austerity Framework: Notes for the Occupy Wall Street Movement”: This talk will suggest that the scholarly work that should underpin the potential positive contributions of the OWS has to (a) link business history with the struggle for social justice (b) show why the call for social relief and the role of the State has nothing to do with “socialism” as the Tea Party suggests (c) show the need for a Jobs program based, in part, on repairing and extending the country’s decaying public infrastructure: in short the need for a New Poor People’s campaign and (d) show that long-term socio-economic problems facing the country and the world will deepen with austerity measures which tend to squash innovations of all kinds.

  1. Joey De Jesus (2nd year Graduate Student at Sarah Lawrence College):

Bio: Recent graduate of Oberlin College currently a second year in the MFA program in poetry. He has been involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Talk: “The Presence of Poetry in the Occupy Wall Street Camps”: This talk will discuss poetry events in the Occupy Wall Street Camp at Liberty Square/Zucatti Park. It will highlight some ways in which the movement is being used as a platform for poetic discourse as exemplified by the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology. This talk will also discuss the way poetry confronts the commodification of language by eliminating silence and by emphasizing a mode of communication that relies on the human capacity for empathy over explanation, fact-telling and narrative rationality. Poetry is a way of being, not a way of getting something done, and is, perhaps, the proposed alternative the Occupy Wall Street movement asks for.

  1. Jillian Buckley (Alumni, SLC’ 11):

Bio: Graduated in 2011 from the MFA program in poetry. Currently in outreach working group at occupy wall street.

We were able to stream the event LIVE today!! To view these clips, click here!

Here is the itinerary from our event today!

Got comments or questions regarding the event? Let.us.know. Email occupysarahlawrence@gmail.com if you want more information or want to be put on our email list!



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