NEWS ADVISORY: Pace Professor to Moderate National Teach-In Tuesday

Adjunct Political Science Professor Gustavo Rivera, the newly elected State Senator from the Bronx, will be moderating the National Teach-In on Austerity and Indebtedness featuring Cornel West, Ph.D., of Princeton, Frances Fox Piven, Ph.D., of the CUNY Graduate Center, Jeffrey Sachs, Ph.D., of Columbia University, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The event will be webcast simultaneously to more than 165 campuses across the country at 2 pm on Tuesday, April 5.

Pace Professor to Moderate National Teach-In Tuesday

Adjunct Political Science Professor Gustavo Rivera, the newly elected State Senator from the Bronx, will be moderating the National Teach-In on Austerity and Indebtedness featuring Cornel West, Ph.D., of Princeton, Frances Fox Piven, Ph.D., of the CUNY Graduate Center, Jeffrey Sachs, Ph.D.,  of Columbia University, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

The event will be webcast simultaneously to more than 180 campuses across the country at 2 pm on Tuesday, April 5.

Join in the webcast! This event is open to all Pace students.

NYC campus: 2-3:30 Lecture Hall South (webcast); 3:30-5 Meeting Room A, Student Union (discussion)

PLV campus:  2-4:30, Miller 23

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Action and Research, the Dyson Houses, the Pforzheimer Honors College, and the Departments of Peace &  Justice Studies, Philosophy & Religious Studies/Environmental Studies,  Political Science, Sociology & Anthropology, and Women’s & Gender Studies.

The official event press release:

Contact: Christine Kelly Cell: 973-632-7346 Email: kellyc@wpunj.edu Visit: www.fightbackteachin.org
MEDIA ALERT
“FIGHT BACK USA” A NATIONAL WEBCAST TEACH-IN ON FIGHTING AUSTERITY, DEBT and CORPORATE GREED TO STREAM LIVE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011
’60s Style Teach-In Meets the Digital Age in Live Stream Webcast
· 2:00-3:30 p.m. (EDT) National Webcast from NYC
· 3:30-5:00 p.m. (EDT) Local Campus Events on more than 180 Campuses Nationally
Frances Fox Piven (professor, CUNY Graduate Center) and Cornel West (professor, Princeton University) will host a national webcast teach-in addressing the roots of the current economic crisis and what people are doing to fight back this Tuesday, April 5, 2011. The event will stream live from New York City’s historic Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South , New York, NY 10012-1018 (www.judson.org).
More than 180 campuses nationally are hosting viewings of the webcast from 2-3:30 p.m. (EDT); local campus “Do It Yourself Action Strategy Sessions” will follow from 3:30-5 p.m. (EDT) in each location.
Professors West and Piven will be joined by the Honorable Gustavo Rivera, New York State Senator and adjunct professor of political science (Pace University) who will moderate the teach-in. Also joining the live-stream teach-in are economist Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University); public policy analyst Heather McGhee (Demos) and President Richard Trumka (AFL-CIO).
In addition, the teach-in will feature activists from around the country: Beth Huang, student leader from Wisconsin (United Students Against Sweatshops), Anthony Klug, public education activist (UFT, Wadleigh High Chapter) and Sergio Cuevas, housing activist (National People’s Action).
A Press Briefing (with Q&A) with Piven, West and other panelists will take place following the webcast, on site at Judson Memorial Church starting at 4 p.m.
The live stream event is designed to help campus and community viewers examine the connections between corporate/bank greed and tax-avoidance, personal and public debt, so-called “austerity” and the ongoing attacks on public employee unions, public education and social services to the most needy Americans.
Most importantly, the teach-in seeks to help young people across America understand how the recent actions undertaken by the brave citizens of Wisconsin are the key to turning the tide away from increasing inequality and misery, and toward the development of a sustainable and healthy American society in the 21st century. The teach-in seeks to infuse the fight back in the states with the energy and commitment of American youth whose future hangs in the balance.
· For Pre-Event Interview with Frances Fox Piven contact: kellyc@wpunj.edu · To see the list of campuses signed on visit www.fightbackteachin.org · For a list of campus teach-in organizers to interview: contact kellyc@wpunj.edu · Media/Press Seating will be available at Judson with 1:30 p.m. check-in at the Media/PressTable.

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