Kirstein to appear at N.Y.U. College of Arts and Science Student Council “Freedoms at Risk Conference”

Freedoms at Risk Conference and Teach-In

  • Saturday, February 23, 2008
  • Kimmel 4th Floor-Eisner and Lubin Auditorium
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

The CAS Student Council is proud to announce our biggest event of the semester: the First National Teach-In on Freedoms at Risk in America! Freedoms at Risk is an all-day, educational and interactive event featuring some of our nation’s foremost academics and intellectuals, and students and faculty from both within and outside of the NYU campus. We’ve reserved an entire floor of the Kimmel Center for Student Life from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 for our Political and Academic Freedoms Teach-Ins and our evening Plenum, all of which will be completely open to the public throughout the day!

A number of accomplished and controversial figures in politics and academics will be sharing their experiences and thoughts, and engaging in discussion and debate with audience members, including (in alphabetical order):

  • Norman Finkelstein, noted academic who has held faculty positions at NYU, Rutgers University, and DePaul University where he was recently a victim of academic repression, and author of five books including the international best-seller The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering, which has been translated into twenty-four foreign languages
  • Barbara Foley, Professor of English at Rutgers University – Newark Campus, Chair of the “Combatting Racism Task Force of Now” – New Jersey Chapter, and author of such works as Spectres of 1919: Class and Nationalism in the Making of the New Negro
  • John Gerassi, a professor of the Queens Political Science Department who has written a number of books on politics and international affairs including an official biography on Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Peter N. Kirstein, a professor of history at Chicago’s Saint Xavier University, author, and a nationally-recognized advocate of academic freedom and free-speech rights who has been profiled in conservative writer David Horowitz’s book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. Kirstein wrote, Anglo Over Bracero: The History of the Mexican Worker in the United States from Roosevelt to┬áNixon.
  • Mark Crispin Miller, currently a media studies professor at NYU who is active in his support of democratic media reform; he is also an accomplished author and has written such books as Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections and Seeing Through Movies
  • Bertell Ollman, a Professor of Politics at NYU and two-time victim of academic repression (University of Maryland and University of the West Indies, Jamaica), who has written Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method and many other works
  • Andrew Ross, Chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, President of the NYU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and writer who has authored such pieces as The Chicago Gangster Theory of Life
  • Abby Scher, a sociologist and writer who has conducted extensive research on the politics of the McCarthy period, and has most recently written about the abuses of freedoms by law enforcement agents on a local level; she is currently writing pieces on the concept of Islamofascism and the hysteria in the American public that it induces
  • Ellen Schrecker, Professor of History at Yeshiva University, the former editor of “Academe” (the magazine of the American Association of University Professors), the first ever winner of the Academic Freedom Fellowship from NYU’s Tamiment Library, and author of No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities, and other works
  • Michael Steven Smith, a New York City attorney and author who recently edited The Emerging Police State by William Kunstler, sits on the Executive Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and co-hosts the WBAI radio program Law and Disorder with Michael Ratner and Heidi Boghosian
  • Lynne Stewart, a widely recognized political activist and attorney who is noted for representing unpopular clients, and has experienced extensive recent political oppression; an advocate of the constitutional right to due process of law, she fights to see that right extended to anyone who is tried within the American legal system
  • Lorie Van Auken, winner of the Glamour Magazine “Woman of the Year” award in 2004 for her work with the other “Jersey Girls” in successfully lobbying for an independent investigation into the events of September 11, 2001
  • Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst Campus, co-founder of the political journal Re-thinking Marxism, and co-author of Knowledge and Class: a Marxian Critique of Political Economy among other works

We’re thrilled to have these speakers joining us for our Teach-In, and we eagerly await the date. There is no charge, and refreshments will be served! Join us for this momentous, precedent-setting event in academics and politics!

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