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Spring 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012
Pre-Occupy Symposium
Pre-Occupy Symposium
1:30 pm Curtin 175

This symposium addresses how earlier occupations and protests in California (particularly surrounding Oscar Grant and the University of California) and in Wisconsin (especially the occupation of the state capitol) set the stage for the current occupations across the globe. Such pre-occupations, we would contend, acted as forms of pre-acceleration or incipient movement without which Occupy Wall Street may never have happened.

George Ciccariello-Maher (History, Politics, Drexel)
"From Oscar Grant to Occupy: The Long Arc of Rebellion in Oakland"
To the surprise of many, Occupy Oakland leapt to the forefront of the Occupy Movement in October of 2011, displacing even the gathering on Wall Street. For some Oaklanders, however, this was not surprising, as this other city by the Bay (or “The Town,” as it is known) has enjoyed a long history of rebellion. For this talk, George Ciccariello-Maher will focus on one central aspect of the pre-occupy Oakland landscape: the 2009-2010 rebellions that greeted the murder of Oscar Grant. It was from these rebellions and the movements that ensued that both an objective organizing infrastructure and a subjective understanding of the power of the masses in the streets would emerge.

Recommended background reading: Raider Nation Collective, Raider Nation, vol. 1 (March 2010)

Joshua Clover (English, UC-Davis)
"The Coming Occupation"
A brief and partial history, both social and intellectual, of a certain tendency which would take part in the organizing of the 2009-2010 occupations, etc. in the UC system; its origins and its connections beyond UC and California; its political orientation and ensuing implications for strategy and tactics of struggle; and what role all this would play, directly and indirectly, in the formation and existence of Occupy Oakland, particularly regarding its difference from other Occupy venues.

Recommended background reading: "Communiqué from an Absent Future: On the Terminus of Student Life," Anti-Capital Projects (blog).

Dan S. Wang (Fine Art, Columbia College)
"Zuccotti Sans Rotunda, or The Uneven Spaces of Occupation"

Organized by Richard Grusin (C21) and Annie McClanahan (English). McClanahan provides some context for the symposium via our C21 blog.

Poetry reading by Joshua Clover
Saturday, April 14, 2012
7:00 pm Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 E Locust Street, Milwaukee
Free of charge

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