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How to Get Organized: A Teach-In

Starr Foundation Hall, University Center, The New School, 63 5th avenue, 10th March 12-5PM

The purpose of the teach-in is to share experience from different kinds of political organizing (broadly understood). Each of our panels feature participants who can describe (1) a situation in which they have been active and/or have firsthand knowledge (2) describe particular tactics and methods employed in that situation, and (3) share lessons learned about success and failure in organizing using those methods.

The aim of the event is not to have abstract discussion about politics but to learn from each other about a range of practices, and to encourage people to find or start the organizational forms for the kind of work they decide is important to them.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments Provided.

Provisional Program: 

12:00 PM LUNCH

12:05 INTRODUCTION

Ann Snitow has been a feminist organizer since 1969 and is Associate Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at The New School.

 

12:20 PM CONVERSATION ONE

Popular anti-fascism

McKenzie Wark is an editor of Public Seminar, and Professor of Media+Culture at Lang College.

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CUNY contract and funding campaign

Jahmila Joseph (Eugene Lang ’06) is one of the leaders of NYC’s largest municipal labor union, DC37, a former lobbyist, and served as deputy chief of staff to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

 

01:00PM CONVERSATION TWO

Union organizing

Marianne LeNabat has been active in workplace organizing for 20 years.  She is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.  She is also a PhD candidate in philosophy at the New School for Social Research and a Public Seminar Project Fellow.

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Anthropocene urban experimentation

Stephanie Wakefield (Lang ’06) is an urban geographer and writer who teaches Environmental Studies at the New School for Public Engagement.

 

01:40PM CONVERSATION THREE

International Women’s Strike

Cinzia Arruzza. is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York and a feminist and socialist activist and a Public Seminar senior editor.

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Gezi resistance of Turkey

Zeyno Ustun is a PhD student in the department of Sociology at the New School for Social Research, and Public Seminar media editor.

 

02:20PM CONVERSATION FOUR

Anti-colonial organizing; pipeline resistance; Indigenous resurgence  

Jaskiran Dhillon is a first generation academic and advocate who grew up on Treaty Six Cree territory in Saskatchewan, Canada and she works in the areas of settler colonialism, anti-racist and Indigenous feminism, youth studies, environmental justice, and colonial gender violence. She is Assistant Professor of Global Studies at The New School.

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Climate activism, civil society & small island alliance

Michael Dobson: Former lawyer, former climate negotiator for Marshall Islands, current PhD student in Global Politics at New School.

 

03:00PM CONVERSATION FIVE

The Politics of Small Things

Jeff Goldfarb, Professor of Sociology and Founding Editor of Public Seminar, is the author of The Politics of Small Things.

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Solidarity & Performative Democracy

Elzbieta Matynia, Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies and the director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies and Public Seminar contributing editor.

 

3.40PM CONVERSATION SIX

The Movement for Black Lives

Christopher Paul Harris is an organizer in the Black Youth Project 100’s NYC chapter, an Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, and a PhD candidate in Politics and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research.

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The Movement for Black Lives

Deva Woodly Assistant Professor of Politics at The New School and a Public Seminar contributing editor.

 

4:20 CONCLUDING REMARKS

 

05:00 END

 

McKenzie Wark

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