Sunday, April 3, 2011

Against the Day

The new issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly includes a section called "Against the Day," in which a number of UC students reflect on the struggle over public education in California. Most of the essays focus in some way or another on the protests that took place in and around the UC during 2009-2010. From the introduction, by Christopher Newfield and Colleen Lye:
The essays collected here are all written by University of California students who were active in the California student movements of 2009–2010. These movements were the largest and most widespread campus-based actions in the United States since the 1960s. They were also remarkable for their intellectual diversity, their successful efforts to link generally disconnected issues, their systematic attempts to rethink student movement strategies, their reflections on their own internal divisions, and their escalating confrontations with local administrations and the police.

The movements became visible to the public in November 2009, when the UC Board of Regents voted for a 32 percent tuition increase -- on top of the doubling of tuition that it had already implemented over the course of the decade. But many of the group participants had been operating for years, and the conditions that reached a crisis in 2009 had been reshaping UC and its companion system, the California State University, for two decades.
Links to free downloads of the essays (via) are below the fold.

Christopher Newfield and Colleen Lye (eds.)
The Struggle for Public Education in California: Introduction

Annie McClanahan
Coming Due: Accounting for Debt, Counting on Crisis

Amanda Armstrong
States of Indebtedness: Care Work in the Struggle against Educational Privatization

Bryan Ziadie
The New Diversity: A Year of Crisis at UC Riverside

Chris Chen
"We have all become students of color now": The California Student Movement and the Rhetoric of Privilege

Carlos Amador
UCLA's Underground Students Rise to Fight for Public Education

Michael Shane Boyle
Privatize Now! Ask Questions Later: UCMeP's Unauthorized Performance of Administrative Authority

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