The Chronicle of Higher Education: At Forum Fueled by ‘Occupy’ Energy, Liberal Scholars and Activists Take On the Corporatization of Academe

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on the Left Forum at Pace. “Unlike other types of academic conferences, the Left Forum provides an opportunity for academics with similar political views to exchange ideas with like-minded people beyond academic circles and to think about how certain challenges can be faced by forming ‘new chains of solidarity.'”

The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the Left Forum at Pace:

In the shadow of marches and small pockets of Occupy Wall Street activities that have continued despite the protestors’ eviction from Zuccotti Park months ago, thousands of progressive scholars and students gathered here over the weekend with communists, socialists, anarchists, and other types of unabashed revolutionaries.

They came together at the Left Forum, an annual conference that has grown this year to an estimated 5,000 attendees. The theme of this year’s conference, held at Pace University, was “Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism.” Fighting back was an underlying thread in many of the conference events, which included panels focused on issues of student debt, student activism, and adjunct labor in higher education.

“This is an action-oriented conference,” said Seth Adler, the conference coordinator. “We’re hoping that people will share their ideas and strategies and continue to network beyond the meeting.”

Unlike other types of academic conferences, including those focused on convening people in the same discipline or with the same job title, the Left Forum provides an opportunity for academics with similar political views to exchange ideas with like-minded people beyond academic circles and to think about how certain challenges can be faced by forming “new chains of solidarity.”

Read the rest of the article at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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