Center for Humanities speakers address OWS, reclaiming space, and reinventing protest

Feb 27, 2012, 6:00pm | Graduate Center, The Skylight Room (9100)

Freedom to Occupy? Reclaiming Space and Reinventing Protest

Radhika BalakrishnanHelena RibeiroKen WarkMoustafa Bayoumi

The Occupy Movement, originating at Wall Street, but spreading rapidly across the country and the globe, represents an important moment in the history of political protest.  It captured public imagination and shifted the terrain of political discourse. This panel brings together scholars and activists to discuss the strategies of the Occupy Movement to reclaim space, interrogate contemporary economic policy, rally the “99%” and rethink the meaning of democracy. The speakers will examine how the Occupy Movement may or may not be a lens to explore freedom as a democratic, anti-capitalist, nonhierarchical, feminist, and anti-racist practice. With Radhika Balakrishnan, Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers; Helena Ribeiro, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY; and Ken Wark, Culture and Media, The New School. Moderated by Moustafa Bayoumi, English, Brooklyn College.

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