Posts Tagged Higher Education

“When campus rape is treated as a PR problem, survivors become liabilities to be controlled, silenced and swept away.”

Writing at Al Jazeera, Dana Bolger explains how the corporatization of higher education — in which “reputation, not education, is the goal” — creates an approach to combating campus sexual assault that is about “the reduction of harm to universities, not to students.”

When campus rape is treated as a PR problem, survivors become liabilities to be controlled, silenced and swept away. Enrolled at institutions that host holiday dinners and fireside chats with their presidents, victims who come forward about their assaults might expect to be heard and protected; instead they too often find the pretense of familial love stripped away as they are placed under school-instituted gagorders, encouraged totake time off from their educations, retaliated ...

Writing at Al Jazeera, Dana Bolger explains how the corporatization of higher education — in which “reputation, not education, is the goal” — creates an approach to combating campus sexual assault that is about “the reduction ...

UC Berkeley professor’s anti-union letter is anti-education

University of California service workers and graduate students went on strike for one day to protest unfair labor practices last Wednesday. The day before the strike, UC Berkeley professor and scab Alexander Coward sent his class an e-mail telling his students why he planned to cross the picket line  (and even teach sessions typically led by striking Graduate Student Instructors) and why they should do the same: their education is too important. The e-mail has gone viral, thanks, in no small part, to Berkeley promoting his anti-union missive.

I agree about the importance of education. I just think Coward has a dangerously narrow view of what education is, and it disturbs me that his take is so popular. I ...

University of California service workers and graduate students went on strike for one day to protest unfair labor practices last Wednesday. The day before the strike, UC Berkeley professor and scab Alexander Coward sent his class ...

Skewed priorities mean Smith is not currently fulfilling its mission as a women’s college

On Saturday, Gina de Vries, Elena Rose, and myself brought Girl Talk: A Trans and Cis Woman Dialogue to Smith College. Girl Talk is a multi-media performance show promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between queer trans women, queer cis women, and genderqueer people. We were brought to Smith in the wake of this women’s college rejecting Calliope Wong because she is a trans woman. Our comments focused specifically on the issue of trans women’s exclusion from spaces like Smith. This was followed by a question and answer session in which we dove deeper into some of these issues and offered a lot of ideas for organizing strategy. This post is a slightly edited version of my presentation ...

On Saturday, Gina de Vries, Elena Rose, and myself brought Girl Talk: A Trans and Cis Woman Dialogue to Smith College. Girl Talk is a multi-media performance show promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between ...

My Student Debt Story – At the Intersections of Rape, Class, and Money

I read Natalia’s own story about student debt and it got me mad. It reminded me of my own story and I thought I could share to show why good sexual assault policies matter. How rape changes lives. Why schools need to act responsibly and be held accountable for their reaction to rape survivors. The impact can go way beyond academics.

Setting the stage.

I was fortunate enough to be able to go to prep school for grades 8 through 12. My family did not pay full tuition; I was one of those A Better Chance alums who got a good education thanks to a good dose of financial aid. I struggled during ...

I read Natalia’s own story about student debt and it got me mad. It reminded me of my own story and I thought I could share to show why good sexual assault policies matter. ...

A feminist in art school

I’m in grad school right now, pursuing an MFA in Printmaking. Maybe not the degree folks who know me from political work would expect. I was born with a crayon in my hand – I’ve been making art my whole life. I was blessed to attend the Boston Arts Academy, a public visual and performing arts high school (I wrote about this extraordinary school here). And my undergraduate thesis was in printmaking.

Working in politics in DC for the past two years sapped me of my passion and creativity – needless to say it wasn’t a great time for my art. So I couldn’t be happier to have moved to one of my favorite cities and to be attending San ...

I’m in grad school right now, pursuing an MFA in Printmaking. Maybe not the degree folks who know me from political work would expect. I was born with a crayon in my hand – I’ve been making ...

What’s a nice girl like me doing in a place like this?: women in philosophy

The ivory tower is certainly not considered the bastion of progressive thinking, despite the fact that students are often integral to many of the world’s great revolutions and social movements. Of the many and varied disciplines in graduate study, many are beginning to integrate race/class/gender analysis into their canons. Thank goodness (actually, we should thank feminism and racial and economic justice movements).

Unfortunately, the discipline of philosophy has been notoriously slow-moving in this regard. In 2007-8, the percentage of women in tenure track positions was 18.7 percent, with two departments under 10 percent. Only, 12.36 percent of articles in top-philosophy journals were by women and the situation of people of color in philosophy is also rather dire. In the ...

The ivory tower is certainly not considered the bastion of progressive thinking, despite the fact that students are often integral to many of the world’s great revolutions and social movements. Of the many and varied disciplines in ...