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Hey Dan, I completely agree with you on the point about tenure being a divisive concept, one that protects the elite few, meanwhile increasingly vast amounts of university teaching and research labor are conducted by the many who are unprotected. I have no illusions about the university as is. And as we've talked about, I'm not looking to preserve the status quo. The question for me is what should we be fighting for, how should we be organizing. And I think part of it is to have an acute and macro sense of how the university works. Of course, I'm not always sure I want to do that work. After all, the university is my job, not my life. But what's the distinction? These are the things I've been thinking through, among many other in the midst of this moment. That distinction though and the blurriness therein is where I slightly disagree with your take on Salaita. I think for academics speaking publicly about the subjects for which they also write and research, its unclear where one is being marked for political speech as a citizen and academic speech. In my read the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is somewhat unclear on this too as they suggest that faculty speaking as citizens is also a matter of academic freedom protections. That blurriness is also made clear as the reason he was unhired was not because of whether he had the right to say and do as a citizen but because Zionist donors claimed that they feared he would create an uncivil and unsafe environment in his classrooms and with Jewish colleagues on campus. So, it was about his ability to perform his academic duties. I am intrigued by your question at the end... but then again, so much appears to elude the so-called left...
By: Karma R. Chávez Photo Credit: Cap Times Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law his draconian and controversial budget yesterday. The budget contains many, many bad things in it. Most directly impacting my own life is the $250 million cut to the UW system and the part that removes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Madison Mutual Drift
Speech given by Karma Chávez at the Wisconsin Budget Rally at the State Capitol, Madison, WI, June 11, 2015 On Tuesday June 9th, I was one of about 180 faculty members of UW Madison’s faculty senate who voted in support of a resolution demanding that the Joint Finance Committee and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Madison Mutual Drift
Guest post from Anders Zanichkowsky (also posted here) On Wednesday, February 18, the Madison Economic Development Commission discussed an ordinance proposed by Alder Weier that would create a protected class for homeless people in the areas of employment and housing. (Audio of the meeting and a recap can be found... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Madison Mutual Drift
Karma Chávez's speech from the Save UW Rally held on library mall on February 14, 2015: In 2011, the State of Wisconsin crossed an awful threshold as spending for the Department of Corrections surpassed spending on the UW System. The state also spends three times the amount on each person... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Madison Mutual Drift
Guest post by Z! Haukeness about transgender health care and self determination Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Madison Mutual Drift
*This is a longer version of a piece originally published online in the Cap Times. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Madison Mutual Drift
Karma R. Chávez I believe very much in the definition of prison abolition offered by Critical Resistance, which defines it as “a political vision with the goal of eliminating imprisonment, policing, and surveillance and creating lasting alternatives to punishment and imprisonment.” Because of my strong view against the prison industrial... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Madison Mutual Drift
By: Colin R. Gillis, Anders Zanichkowsky and Karma R. Chávez Image by Judy Karofsky When US District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, many in Dane County erupted in happiness, including the local police. This photo shows two cops in uniform, Matt Kenny and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Madison Mutual Drift
In late April, I attended the second half of a forum on the University of Wisconsin campus designed to challenge calls to consolidate the three ethnic studies programs (Chican@ and Latin@ Studies, Asian American Studies, and American Indian Studies) with the historic Afro-American Studies Department, which was created out of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Madison Mutual Drift
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Apr 2, 2014