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Friday, July 7 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Fighting the Neoliberal Attack on Higher Education

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The college campus does not stand aloof from the decades-long neoliberal assault on the working class. While universities and their administrators pull in six- and seven-figure salaries and erect multi-million dollar edifices, campus workers, proletarianized faculty, and debt-saddled students have paid for it. Take the U.S.: While 75 percent of U.S. college and university faculty at the start of the 1970s had the security of long-term tenure-track employment, today more than 75 percent of instructional faculty are classified “contingent,” teaching on contracts as short as a semester, typically without health care, disability, and retirement benefits. Nevertheless, the ivory-tower idea of the university continues to mask the full extent to which the neoliberal offensive has unleashed itself against a university’s terms and conditions for both learning and work. This panel will examine the dimension of the today’s neoliberal university, from Puerto Rico to Mexico, and from Quebec to the U.S., and what we can do to organize to resist and transform it.

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Alain Savard

Alain Savard is a PhD student in Political Science at York University, Toronto. He was active in the Quebec student movement and participated in the organization of many student strikes. During the 2012 student strike, he was an officer for the CLASSE, a radical provincial stu... Read More →
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Nancy Welch

Nancy Welch is Professor of English at the University of Vermont and a member of UVM United Academics, the union of UVM's full- and part-time faculty. She is author of Living Room: Teaching Public Writing in a Privatized World and co-editor of Composition in the Age of Austeri... Read More →

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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