Hi there folks,
We want to be sure all of our members have a chance to learn more about the critical work of refusing Austerity.
Co-presented by the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy and UCI School of Social Sciences.
Refusing Austerity in Higher Education: A How-To Webinar
Friday, May 22, 2020
We look forward to this opportunity to learn more from individuals such as:
The host, Bill Maurer and moderator Hannah Appel, with panelists Raúl Carrillo, Charlie Eaton, Alexis Goldstein, Nick Mitchell, & Christopher Newfield.
“There is no alternative” has been the refrain of austerity politics since Margaret Thatcher first uttered the phrase in the 1980s. In U.S. public higher education this has meant the withdrawal of state funding, skyrocketing tuition and student debt burdens, the adjunctification of faculty and increasing precarity of labor, and bond-financed prestige construction projects. Today, COVID-19 saps more money from privatized university budgets: cancelled housing and dining contracts, normally lucrative medical centers on pause for all but emergencies. And so, the refrain comes back. “There is no alternative” to drastic budget cuts, massive firing, furloughing, and hiring freezes. But COVID-19 does not merely reproduce the rhetoric and fact of budget crisis. From rent strikes to student debt moratoria, from decarceration to free healthcare, the pandemic shows us that there are, and always have been, immanent alternatives. What are these alternatives for the financing of public higher education, both during and after the COVID-19 crisis? Join us to discuss salary caste systems and university endowments, student debt and institutional debt service payments, federal funding, Modern Monetary theory, and beyond. Let’s organize to refuse austerity now, and enact other worlds together."