An important conference given the state of a university like mine (NYU), which is on a heavy neoliberal kick - combining departments (to fire staff), busting unions (they claim that teaching assistants don't work), etc. Nonetheless, for us academics, this is the nature of the beast we work in.
Humanities or Human Resources? The Future of Ethnic Studies and Labor in the Corporate University
Friday, April 13, 2007
New York University
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
41 E. 11th Street, 7th Floor
NY, NY 10003
As corporate models of management and decision-making take hold of more and more colleges and universities, a growing number of students, faculty and staff are facing threats to ethnic studies programs, assaults on the integrity of academic decision-making, and the casualization of the university labor force. This conference will engage the debates surrounding what has been termed the corporate university, especially those debates that address questions of race, gender, sexuality, ability, nation, and class.
Speakers and presenters include Professor George Sanchez, Director of the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Alexis Shotwell, Graduate Student in the History of Conscious Program, University of California at Santa Cruz; and Professor Randy Martin, Director of the Graduate Program in Arts Politics at New York University.
The conference is free, open to the public and sponsored by New York University's Program in American Studies.
For more information and to register, please visit http://corporateuniversityconference.blogspot.com .