In 2011, the Occupy movement brought to life, briefly, the radical concept of an active citizenry, as enshrined in the First Amendment's affirmation of "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances." Although its core activists did not want to "petition the government," they succeeded in changing the terms of American politics. But they were unable to sustain momentum. This talk explores the question of what its remnants and offshoots can contribute to an ongoing movement against plutocratic rule.
Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University is the author of fifteen books, including Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street. Learn more about Todd Gitlin at toddgitlin.net.
Cosponsored by the Intercultural Center, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, the Politics Department, the Masters Program in International Studies, the Media Studies Department, Peace and Justice Studies and the Office of the Provost.
Refreshments will be served.