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From Free Speech to THE General Body: Why the Crouse-Hinds Sit In Matters

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An essay by Don Mitchell, Department of Geography:

This autumn marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Free Speech Movement (FSM). In American lore, UC Berkeley student activists and their supporters are now seen as heroic defenders of crucial American ideals: the right to free political speech and the efficacy and importance of civil disobedience. Tightly linked to the rising Civil Rights Movement and to the anti-war movement that was just taking hold, FSM activists sought to open up the UC Berkeley campus as a space for engaged, vigorous debate. In the process, impressive orators like Mario Savio, Jackie Goldberg, and Sander Fuchs also articulated a vision of what many students thought the American university should be. While recognizing that they were part of the great democratization of American higher education that marked the post-war era, they were worried about what the university was becoming.

In 1963, only a year before the FSM erupted, UC President Clark Kerr, the great architect of the California higher education system, sought to articulate the then-modern university’s new role in society. Writing in The Uses of the University, Kerr argued that what he called the “multiversity” had to specialize in the “production, distribution and consumption of ‘knowledge’.” The university was an economic machine, a central cog in the machine of capitalist production. A few years before that Kerr and some colleagues had described their vision of what citizenship might now entail. As they laid it out in Industrialism and Industrial Man (1960) not only were universities part of a new rational social order, but so was politics. Politics were now a matter of management. Men and women, Kerr and his colleagues wrote, “can be given some influence” in political life, but, “Society has achieved consensus and it is perhaps less necessary for Big Brother to exercise political control. Nor in this Brave New World need genetic or chemical means be employed to avoid revolt. There will not be any revolt anyway, except little bureaucratic revolts that can be handled piecemeal.” Continue reading

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Alumna response to SU Administration Handling of THE General Body

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Dear Syracuse University Administration:

Students are not inconveniences, they are your livelihood: start acting like it and respond accordingly. Take down the walls, both the literal one assembled this morning and the more figurative ones you believe exist between upper-level administration roles and students’ roles on campus. We are meant to be a community that listens, absorbs concerns, and responds in a manner that strives toward justice, access, equity, and support: there is no place for ego in such a process.

Unilateral changes without stakeholders’ input and incorporation of their values is never a good organizational management move. Syracuse University is better than the behavior of its leadership in the past several months. I strongly encourage Syracuse University, its Board of Trustees, and the Administration doing its bidding to try again.

Sincerely,
Crista C Gray, ’99

Cc: Kent Syverud, Chancellor; Bea González, Dean of University College; Office of Alumni Engagement

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Syracuse Professors and Instructors Support THE General Body

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Syracuse University faculty from across the campus have added their names to a statement supporting THE General Body’s sit-in:

As faculty members and instructors at Syracuse University, we stand in support of THE General Body. We share with these students a grave concern about the “forward” direction the University is heading – a move away from core values of our community, including diversity, transparency, and shared governance. We urge fellow SU community members to support the students wholeheartedly, and we urge the SU administration not just to “listen” to their demands but to genuinely hear them, to engage in constructive dialogue that affirms the deep-seated values of our institution. Indeed, we urge the administration to agree to THE General Body’s core demands. 

If you would like to add your name, e-mail vwlloyd@syr.edu.

Matthew Huber, Assistant Professor, Geography
Vincent Lloyd, Assistant Professor, Religion
John Burdick, Professor, Anthropology
Dana Olwan, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Robin Riley, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Jeffrey Gonda, Assistant Professor, History
Joan Bryant, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Stephen Parks, Associate Professor, Writing Program
Micere Githae Mugo, Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, African American Studies
Prema Kurien, Professor, Sociology
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Distinguished Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
James Williams, Adjunct Professor, College of Law
Janis Mayes, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Ivy Kleinbart, Instructor, Writing Program
Gretchen Purser, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Donna Marsh, Instructor, Writing Program
Kimberly Johnson, Instructor, Food Studies
Pedro DiPietro, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Afua Boahene, Adjunct Professor, Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Jessica Posner, Instructor, Transmedia
Emily Dressing, Instructor, Writing Program
Minnie Bruce Pratt, Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Tod Rutherford, Professor, Geography
Bonnie Ryan, Associate Librarian, Library
M. Gail Hamner, Professor, Religion
Janis McDonald, Professor, College of Law
Don Mitchell, Distinguished Professor, Geography
Margaret Thompson, Associate Professor, History
Cathy Engstrom, Associate Professor, School of Education
Sally Wagner, Adjunct Faculty, Honors Program
Marcelle Haddix, Dean’s Associate Professor, School of Education
Harriet Brown, Associate Professor, Newhouse School of Public Communication
Zachary Braiterman, Professor, Religion
Vivian May, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Amy Kallander, Associate Professor, History
Beth Ferri, Professor, School of Education
George Theoharis, Associate Professor, School of Education
Jackie Orr, Associate Professor, Socioloogy
Diane Grimes, Associate Professor, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Evan Weissman, Assistant Professor, Food Studies
Paula Johnson, Professor, College of Law
Carol Fadda-Conrey, Associate Professor, English
Diane Swords, Instructor, Intergroup Dialogue
Barbara Applebaum, Professor, School of Education
Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Assistant Professor, Food Studies
Lori Brown, Associate Professor, Architecture
Tula Goenka, Associate Professor, Newhouse School of Public Communication
Mario Rios Perez, Assistant Professor, School of Education
Erin Murphy, Instructor College of Visual and Performing Arts
Eileen Schell, Associate Professor, Writing Program
Cecilia Green, Associate Professor, Sociology
Jesse Nissim, Facutly Fellow, Humanities
Molly Voorheis, Instructor, Writing Program
Rae Ann Meriwether, Instructor, Writing Program
Ryan McClure, Instructor, Writing Program
Devon Moore, Instructor, Writing Program
Kishi Animashaun Ducre, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Erin Mullikin, Instructor, Writing Program
Douglas MacDonald, Adjunct Lecturer, Sociology
Caitlin McLaughlin, Instructor, Writing Program
Himika Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Vanessa Lynn Watts, Instructor, Writing Program
Hille Paakkunainen, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Susan Edmunds, Professor, English
Donald Morton, Professor, English
Tom Perreault, Professor, Geography
Steven Cohan, Professor Emeritus, English
Kwame Dixon, Assistant Professor, African American Studies
Kim Frost, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Roger Hallas, Associate Professor, English
Amy Lutz, Associate Professor, Sociology
Robert Wilson, Associate Professor, Geography
Tyler Dorholt, Instructor, Writing Program
Philip Arnold, Associate Professor, Religion
John Colasacco, Instructor, Writing Program
Jeffrey Simmons, Instructor, Writing Program
Joanne Waghorne, Professor, Religion
Erin Rand, Assistant Professor, Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Robert Bogdan, Emeritus Professor, Sociology and Disability Studies
Kicia Sears, Instructor, Writing Program
Ernest Wallwork, Professor, Religion
Myrna Garcia-Calderon, Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ann Gold, Thomas J. Watson Professor, Religion
Christina Limpert, Instructor, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Harvey Teres, Dean’s Professor, English
Georgepierre Lebron, Instructor, Writing Program
Wendy Harbour, Laurence B. Taishoff Professor, School of Education
Linda Carty, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Alicia Rios, Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Herbert Ruffin, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Anne Osborne, Associate Professor, Newhouse School of Public Communications
Dawn Johnson, Associate Professor, School of Education
Jules Gibbs, Instructor, English
Mark Rupert, Professor, Political Science
Alan Foley, Associate Professor, School of Education
Mara Sapon-Shevin, Professor, School of Education
Joanna Spitzner, Associate Professor, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Maureen Fitzsimmons, Instructor, Writing Program
Sarah Pralle, Associate Professor, Political Science

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