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John Marsh

John Marsh

CLASS DISMISSED: WHY WE CAN’T TEACH OR LEARN OUR WAY OUT OF INEQUALITY

John Marsh

Paperback, 328 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-58367-243-3
Cloth (ISBN-13: 978-1-58367-244-0)
Released July 2011

Monthly Review Press

In Class Dismissed, John Marsh debunks a myth cherished by journalists, politicians, and economists: that growing poverty and inequality in the United States can be solved through education. Using sophisticated analysis combined with personal experience in the classroom, Marsh not only shows that education has little impact on poverty and inequality, but that our mistaken beliefs actively shape the way we structure our schools and what we teach in them.

Rather than focus attention on the hierarchy of jobs and power—where most jobs require relatively little education, and the poor enjoy very little political power—money is funneled into educational endeavors that ultimately do nothing to challenge established social structures, and in fact reinforce them. And when educational programs prove ineffective at reducing inequality, the ones whom these programs were intended to help end up blaming themselves. Marsh’s struggle to grasp the connection between education, poverty, and inequality is both powerful and poignant.

Marsh’s forceful, erudite treatment lays bare the fact that the U.S. seems largely unwilling to change underlying social structures that sustain poverty and inequitable life chances….the drumbeat of his important message needs to be amplified in a nation widely deaf to it. Highly Recommended.” ——CHOICE

This well-researched and well-argued book chillingly illustrates the toxic effects of growing inequality in contemporary U.S. society by revealing how educational opportunity and the myth of meritocracy carries more of people’s hopes and dreams than its shoulders can bear. Class Dismissed is a powerful treatise towards explaining the hidden and not-so-hidden costs of economic inequality and why abolishing poverty would be the best thing we can do to increase equality of educational opportunity…. John Marsh makes a bold and courageous case for a politics of economic justice.” ——Peter McLaren, author, Capitalists and Conquerors; professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

At a moment when the increasing inequality of American life is almost universally blamed on the failures of our schools, nothing could be more timely than this powerful demonstration that bad education has not produced the growing gap between the rich and the poor and that better education will not reduce it. If you really want less poverty, Marsh argues, don’t give poor people more advanced degrees, give them more money—and help them join unions.” ——Walter Benn Michaels, professor of English, University of Illinois, Chicago

John Marsh asks some uncomfortable but necessary questions about the current drive for mass college education. In a clear, persuasive, and troubling account, he shows that education is not the cure-all, as it is advertised by many across political lines. A must-read for those thinking about higher education.” ——Jeffrey J. Williams, co-editor, The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism; professor of literary and cultural studies, Carnegie Mellon University

John Marsh is Assistant Professor of English atPennStateUniversity. In addition to many articles and reviews, he is the author of Hog Butchers, Beggars, and Busboys: Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry, and the editor of You Work Tomorrow: An Anthology of American Labor Poetry, 1929-1941, which won the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing.

Original Source: http://monthlyreview.org/press/books/pb2433/

John Marsh talks about his book at Against the Grain via Pacifica Radio: http://www.againstthegrain.org/program/549/id/151209/wed-4-11-12-education-and-inequality – This is brilliant! – Glenn Rikowski

Against the Grain: http://www.againstthegrain.org/

Review of Class Dismissed by Alex Snowdon at Counterfire: http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/book-reviews/15094-class-dismissed-why-we-cannot-teach-or-learn-our-way-out-of-inequality

At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Class-Dismissed-Cannot-Teach-Inequality/dp/1583672443 (Hb) and http://www.amazon.com/Class-Dismissed-Cannot-Teach-Inequality/dp/1583672435/ref=tmm_pap_title_0 (Pb)

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William Godwin

William Godwin

ANARCHIST STUDIES NETWORK CONFERENCE

CALL FOR PAPERS
Anarchist Studies Network Conference 2.0 – ‘Making Connections’
Loughborough University, UK
3rd-5th September, 2012

***Deadline for abstract submissions extended to May 1st, 2012***

Registration Packages Now Confirmed (scroll down for more)
Full contact details for panel organisers available at: www.anarchist-studies-network.org.uk
If you have a paper that doesn’t necessarily fit in the advertised panel streams, it will still be considered. See below for details.

We live in interesting times. The Arab Spring, Occupy X and anti-austerity protests are only the latest and most visible examples in a long tradition of grassroots social movements in which ordinary people create democratic alternatives to hierarchy and inequality. Here and everywhere, people are getting together and making connections between their own everyday experiences and wider patterns of relationships and power, official and unofficial. They (or we) are making connections with each other, personal and political. New patterns evolve as people experiment with different ways of organising, of relating, of connecting, of thinking. Scholars, artists and activists observe, theorise and participate in various ways, helping to make connections, both in social movements and in the movements of everyday life. Feminists, in particular, have foregrounded intersectional approaches to power, privilege and oppression. Race, class and gender; sexuality, ecology and (dis)ability; age, species and faith — each of these and more interconnect in numerous ways, both subtle and overt.

The Anarchist Studies Network is hosting a conference to acknowledge, celebrate and deepen these diverse efforts to understand and transform our world, our lives. We want this conference itself to be a space for making connections, both intellectual and personal. It will include a blend of more or less traditional panels, participatory discussions and experiential workshops, extended breaks and social events. This first call is an invitation to propose thematic streams, workshops or panel topics by those who are willing to take a role in organising them. Further calls will invite papers, participation, performance. We’re particularly keen to make connections across borders of identities, movements, disciplines and practices. We invite contributions from students, academics and unaffiliated researchers, activists and artists, health practitioners and care workers, trade unionists, community organisers and those without labels. Above all, we would like to nurture a convivial atmosphere in which to make connections with others, explore areas of both overlap and difference, create or simply meet, to learn and to share.

Our intention is for this to be a scholarly conference with a difference. Scholar means both student and teacher. By bringing together a diverse group of participants, who share in common a desire to learn and a commitment to acknowledging and creating alternatives to rigid hierarchies and exploitative relationships, we hope that each of us will have something to offer others and much to learn. The process of organising the conference is decentralised, with the conference initiators welcoming proposals from a diverse range of session organisers covering a wide variety of engaged and engaging topics. We also invite session organisers to consider playful, participatory and/or experimental panel and workshop formats. This might range from a traditional three paper panel followed by a discussion using alternative facilitation techniques (e.g., open space technology, fishbowl, or sitting in a circle with a facilitator) to more interactive workshop-style discussion or experiential sessions. Our intention is not to be transgressive for the sake of it, but to encourage a variety of methods in order to facilitate making connections.

20 Panel Streams and Workshops

Please contact the conveners with your paper/presentation abstracts (full details on the ASN website).

‘No Master But God’? Exploring the Compatibility of Anarchism and Religion. Convener: Alex Christoyannopoulos

Anarchism and Non-Domination. Convener: Alex Prichard

A workshop on workable anti-work utopias (working title). Convener: Peter Seyferth

Anarchism in different national contexts. Convener: Mari Kuukkanen

Anarchism and other animals – making connections across species boundaries. Conveners: Erika Cudworth and Richard White

Connecting Anarchism and Critical Management and Organisation Studies. Conveners: Thomas Swann and Konstantin Stoborod

Anarchism & Autonomism. Convener: Stevphen Shukaitis

Real Democracy and the Revolutions of our Time. Conveners: Laurence Davis and Peter Snowdon

Anarchism and War. Convener: Pietro di Paola

On Violence. Convener: Mohamed Veneuse

Anarchism and Education. Convener: Peter Jandric

Re-imagining Anarchism in America: A Critical Perspective. Convener: Jorell Meléndez

Anarchism and Disability. Conveners: Steve Graby, Anat Greenstein, Jess Bradley

Is anarchism Western? Anarchism and its challenges in a (post)colonial world. Convener: Gabriel Kuhn

Ontological Anarchism. Convener: Peter Hardy

Anarchist Publishing. Convener: Jason Lindsey

MethodBox Workshop. Conveners: Eleni Froudaraki and Isidora Ilic

***Other Sessions Confirmed***

‘Let’s Build it Together’: A Workshop on Protest Camps and Autonomous Politics Session Organisers: Anna Feigenbaum and Fabian Frenzel

Bodily Anarchy. Facilitator: Jamie Heckert

What now for workplace organising: Contemporary wobbly experiences. Convener, David Bailey

Film night and other social activities to be scheduled….

Nothing here that takes your fancy? Contact Chris Rossdale with your paper proposal for the open stream (C.Rossdale@warwick.ac.uk ).

Registration options:
Registration fees:
Full waged: £68
Low-waged: £38
Unwaged: £10

Registration will open in early May. Please check the ASN website for regular conference updates.

The registration fee covers the costs for lunches, snacks and refreshments on Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th of September, and contributes towards venue costs and bursaries. Full travel and accommodation bursaries will be made available on the basis of need. On registration you will be asked to detail your requirements and to ensure you keep all your receipts.

Accommodation costs are not included in the registration fee. A number of accommodation options are available:

On campus, Royce Hall (all B&B): http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/campus-living/accommodation/halls/royce/
Single en suite    £44
Standard single with shared bathroom    £30

Premier Inn
http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/LOUBOR/loughborough
Single en suite: £58 single occupancy based on B&B
Double en suite: £66.25 double occupancy   (B&B)

Ramada Inn
http://www.ramada.com/Ramada/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=15797&variant=uk&brandInfo=RA
Single B&B: £50
Single, room only: £45
Double/twin B&B: £65
Double/twin, room only: £55

For more information, contact Alex Prichard: alprich@gmail.com

Anarchist Studies Network: http://anarchist-studies-network.org.uk/

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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We Are the Crisis

We Are the Crisis

THE SUBVERSIVE FORUM: ‘THE FUTURE OF EUROPE’

ZAGREB, CROATIA, MAY 13-19, 2012

Under the umbrella of Subversive Forum a number of events will take place in May 2012 in the Croatian capital, including an international conference dedicated to the main theme The Future of Europe, numerous debates The Crisis of Europe (May 14-15), The Struggle for the Commons (May 16) and Towards the Balkan Social Forum (May 17-18), the Subversive book fair and, during the introductory week (May 5-12), the 5th Subversive Film Festival.

It is no news that the European Union is facing its biggest crisis since it was created. It is at the same time an economic, financial, social and ideological crisis of this project. Across the continent, instead of solidarity we are witnessing a resurgence of national selfishness, the rise of extreme right, intolerance, and racism. The Mediterranean countries who have been hit the hardest by the crisis show us also a possible response to it: the appearance of strong social movements demanding social justice, a different economic model, and direct democracy. Almost everywhere we see the youth on the streets, in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, but also in the future EU member: Croatia.

Through a critical examination ofEurope’s current crisis, the Subversive Forum will try to outline realistic possibilities for its transformation and the creation of another political, social and economic project across the Old Continent. The keynote speakers include Stéphane Hessel, Michael Hardt, Tariq Ali, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Zizek, Saskia Sassen, Christian Marazzi, Samir Amin, Bernard Cassen, Ignatio Ramonet, Eric Touissant, Costas Douzinas, Renata Salecl, and more than 100 participants from 20 different European, African and Asian countries. For one week in May,Zagreb, the town placed almost exactly on the EU’s shifting border, will become both a center of the world’s critical thought and a laboratory of possible political, social and economic alternatives.

The Subversive Forum is endorsed by the World Social Forum.

For more information: www.subversiveforum.com

Contact: info@subversiveforum.com

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