“Solidarity: Scholarship, Activism, Aesthetics” 3/30 10am-3pm at Graduate Center

Solidarity: Scholarship, Activism, Aesthetics

Friday, March 30

10am – 3pm

CUNY Graduate Center – Martin E. Segal Theater

365 Fifth Avenue

Free and open to the public.

A conversation with

Alexis Halkovic, Amna Akbar, Anthony Alessandrini, Carwil Bjork-James, Conor Tomás Reed, Gary Wilder, Helen Kapstein, Jeanne Theoharis, Jennifer Tang, Jeremy Rayner, Kandice Chuh, Kristin Leigh Moriah, Malav Kanuga, Manijeh Moradian, Manissa McCleave Maharawal, Meena Alexander, Neil Smith, Nick Gamso, Peter Ranis, Priya Chandrasekaran, Rayya El Zein, Robert Garot, Rosalind Petchesky, Rupal Oza, Saadia Toor, Samah Selim, Susan Buck-Morss, Tommy Wu, Ximena García Bustamante, and Zoltán Glück


Friday, March 30, Martin E. Segal Theater
10:30-11:00: Brunch
11:00-1:00: Discussion: Solidarity: Scholarship, Activism, Aesthetics
1:00-3:00: Discussion/Creative/Visioning Session: Imagining and Making May 1

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change presents a discussion of issues related to solidarity, both within and outside CUNY. The brunch discussion will focus on a series of related questions:

* How do we imagine the different kinds of work that we do—as scholars, activists, teachers, artists? What are the connections and disjunctions between these different kinds of work? What differences do the rubrics that organize such work make? How do we locate ourselves in relation to our institutional locations—to CUNY, to particular spaces within CUNY, outside of CUNY?

* How do the different kinds of work we do speak to the specificities of CUNY? Do these categories work in ways that can complicate the division between “CUNY” and “non-CUNY?” What does this “inside” and “outside” mean today, where and how do we locate it, and is it something to be preserved or something to be resisted?

* How do we imagine ourselves in relation to specific institutional categories—student, teacher, adjunct, professor, staff, administrator, tenured, non-tenured (among others)? In what ways do we work because of those positions, and in what ways despite them?

* In what ways are local efforts connected—materially, politically, conceptually—to practices and politics unfolding elsewhere? What does solidarity mean today, and might it be made to mean something different?

The afternoon session will be a space for moving this discussion towards creative actions, looking forward towards May 1, and also for thinking through responses to recent events, such as forms of police violence at CUNY and throughout the city, as well as the national conversation related to the murder of Trayvon Martin.