Upcoming Insurgency from Below Conference on Future of U.S. Democracy

On Wednesday, October 11, the Graduate Center will host Insurgency From Below and the Future of American Democracy, a daylong conference that will examine the connections between social movements and electoral politics.
The conference, in recognition of the scholarship and activism of recently retired Distinguished Professor Frances Fox Piven (Political Science), is organized around the themes of her work: political disruption and labor power; social policy; the nexus of electoral politics and social movements; and the dynamics of social movements and their power to transform society.
The conference will also evaluate what the Trump presidency means for the future of American democracy. The day will close with an evening panel discussion moderated by the journalist Laura Flanders that will feature Piven along with the scholar Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, the writer Barbara Ehrenreich, and the activist Ai-jen Poo.
“A great deal has already been published about Trump’s campaign and the early months of his presidency on blogs, in newspapers and academic journals, and in a variety of new books,” said Professor Alyson Cole (GC/Queens, Political Science), one of the organizers of the event. “What is missing in these reflections, however, is the sort of understanding achieved only by speaking across disciplines and by bringing together activists and scholars.”
Piven, an internationally renowned social scientist and activist, retired in August after 35 years of teaching at the GC.  
“We decided to reflect Professor Piven’s orientation to the world — to live in the present and to try to make a difference — by focusing the conference on our fraught and frightening political times,” said Lorraine Minnite (Ph.D. '00, Political Science), who is currently a professor at Rutgers University and is one of the co-organizers of the conference.

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Submitted on: SEP 19, 2017

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