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Did you know you can’t actually just join the Democratic Party?

must read post by California #adjunct activist Helen Worthen for any/all interested in hacking/occupying the Democratic Party

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b-city-hallThis is the old Berkeley City Hall. The new main offices are about a block away. About 20 years ago, Joe and I got married on the grass among the redwood trees to the left of the picture. It was not raining at the time.

Did you know you can’t just join the Democratic Party? I didn’t either. And so don’t a whole lot of other people.

I was at a house meeting hosted by a neighbor the other night.  These are going on all over the US, hundreds and thousands of these meetings in what is reportedly the greatest upsurge of civil society activity in recent memory.  At this meeting people went round-robin listing the different organizations they were supporting, participating in, or organizing, and also events like demonstrations or sit-ins that they had gone to. The list was long. It ranged from church groups to lawyers’ groups to street…

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The world according to Facebook

Welcome to Facebookistan

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The majestic plural, the royal “we,” is deployed by individuals in high positions seeking to cast their own opinions as the views of a much larger group for whom they feel empowered to speak as a representative. Generally, it is worth approaching pronouncements using this “we” with a certain amount of skepticism. This measure of disbelief is warranted regardless of the source from whence this “we” emanates, be it an elected official, a religious leader, or the CEO of a major tech company. In short, when such a figure puts forth the pronouncement:

“Today I want to focus on the most important question of all: are we building the world we all want?”

One should be on guard.

The above quotation comes from the recent manifesto/business plan/mea culpa posted by, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg – it is a document that is rife with terms like “we,” “us,” and “our.” Writing…

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#Resistance Is Working!

@SarahVanGelder‘s title says it all. Don’t stop pushing back. #Resist! Bring your friends and join other resisting groups.

ICYMI read Atlantic article on how “American Institutions Are Pushing Back Against Trump and CommonDreams article “From #DayWithoutLatinos to Rapid Response Teams, Deportation Resistance Builds” and Yes! Magazine‘s “7 ways to make an even bigger impact when you #DivestFromDAPL

The Revolution Where You Live

Reposted from Betsy Taylor. 

For everyone who believed in #resistcongrats on helping with the following successful efforts. Because of you:

1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs).

2. Federal judge imposes temporary nationwide halt to Trump’s travel ban.

3. Green card holders can get back in country after massive airport protests and litigation efforts. Iraq war vets were part of those protests.

4. Uber CEO drops off presidential advisory council and pledges $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter. 200,000 Uber users drop the app. Lyft gives 1m to American Civil Liberties Union to fight immigration ban.

5. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air with help from private companies.

6. The ACLU raised 24M over one weekend (normally 3-4Mil/year).

7. HHS, EPA, USDA gag order lifted due to…

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Weekend Links!

weekend reading with for precarious faculty caught up with grading, prep and protesting (and anyone else too). I used to re-blog Gerry Canavan’s link collections regularly but somehow slipped out of the habit. It’s a great and readable way to catch up on the week’s news, political outrages, science fiction and more.

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tumblr_ol5we0t6ty1romv9co1_500* Are you at AWP? Or in DC generally? Jaimee is! She’ll be doing a book signing at the Waywiser Table at 12:30 Saturday and then reading at the Waywiser reading at 7:30 PM at the Den.

* I’ll be giving a short workshop on Octavia Butler and Kindred at the Stanford Humanities Center next Thursday, if that’s convenient to you!

This is so outrageous. 21 years in the US, arrived at 14, two US citizen children, arrested at a scheduled check-in with ICE. You could hardly find more compelling proof that this is entirely and exclusively about cruelty.

* “Pentagon journal explores what could happen if a president called for Muslim internment camps.” Gee, I wonder.

Meanwhile, in another classic authoritarian maneuver, the outsized ego at the heart of the Trumpist seizure of power has surrounded himself with an obliging retinue of enablers and quisling yes-men. Trump likes to…

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Carrying history forward

History of predecessors to contemporary incarnations, however renamed as family detention centers or refugee camps

“A haunting history of modernity’s greatest tragedy: concentration camps. Coming from Little, Brown in September 2017.

Beginning with 1890s Cuba and ending with Guantanamo today, [Andrea Pitzer pinpoints camps around the world. From the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea that took root during the Cold War, camp systems have been used as tools for civilian relocation, political repression, and extermination. Often justified as a measure to protect a nation, or even interned groups themselves, camps have instead served as brutal and dehumanizing sites that have claimed the lives of millions.” https://andreapitzer.com/

Andrea Pitzer

I first visited the site of a former concentration camp in November 2011, flying into Hamburg on the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Seventy-three years before, in 1938, a maelstrom of organized street violence directed against Jews across Germany and Austria led to the detention of tens of thousands, along with the destruction of hundreds of synagogues, thousands of businesses, and nearly a hundred deaths. At that point, I had been focusing on concentration camp history for three years. My thought was that by traveling on those dates, local commemorations for Kristallnacht in Germany might reveal how public memory had preserved or forgotten these events.

My first night in Germany was spent in Bergedorf, a suburb on the southeastern outskirts of the city. I woke up early the next morning, put my laptop into my backpack, and walked four miles to the former concentration camp at Neuengamme.

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After the Big Marches, How to Bring the Revolution Home

Another glimpse of European higher education and technology

A look at differences and similarities across U.S. and European higher ed.
Check out presenters in #DGED Storify for some links to presentations, find across the pond higher ed sources to follow. Our profession is global — explore that.

Bryan Alexander

Last week I had the honor of addressing a European Union higher education meeting in Malta.  I actually presented three times, each session offering a different cut of my thoughts on the future of education and technology.

The conference was titled “The State of Digital Education”, and offered a fine snapshot into how European academia is approaching technology, how it’s responding to new social developments, and looking towards the future.  In this post I’ll identify some of the most interesting ones, especially for non-European audiences.

Participants were an intriguing mix of officials (national education ministries, European organizations, NGOs), faculty members, and technologists.  Full credit to the event planners for drawing together this variety, and for making them comfortable enough to work with each other.  That especially means the excellent Alex Grech.  (Here’s a Storify of conference tweets, thanks to veecam)

Bryan lecturing. Photo by Auður Rán Þorgeirsdóttir Nothing like Trump to get attention from…

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Several Pennsylvania public universities may merge or close by 2018

beyond the #QueenSacrifice ~ what next for #highered? More news links, https://is.gd/passhe

Bryan Alexander

PASSHE logoThe Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is considering merging and/or closing some of its campuses this year.  The system’s chancellor spoke openly of this to local media.  This is beyond the queen sacrifice model, although perhaps they’ll fall back on that.

My readers will be familiar with the powerful drivers forcing this decision: “declining enrollment and financial challenges”.  Recall that Pennsylvania, like the rest of the northeast, is producing fewer young people, and isn’t supporting public higher education at the levels it once did.

Virtually all universities in the system have seen enrollment declines, said Ken Marshall, a spokesman for the state system. Following demographic trends, the system’s overall enrollment has declined 12 percent in the last six years.

As another local source put it, “[i]n 2010, there were nearly 120,000 students enrolled in PASSHE schools. Now, there are 105,000.”

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American higher ed enrollment declines, again

Whither #highered numbers — and with them, our profession? @BryanAlexander on patterns — plus thoughtful discussion

Bryan Alexander

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center logoThe total number of students enrolled in American colleges and universities declined in fall 2016, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

I should say: declined again, because as my readers know, higher education enrollment has been sliding down without a break since 2013.

Let’s break the report down by key trends.  And I apologize for catching this story a few weeks after the publication appeared.

According to the NSCRC the total number of students taking classes in US postsecondary institutions was 19,010,459.  That’s down -1.4% from fall 2015’s 19,280,473, while that was down -1.7% from 2014’s 19,619,773.  Corrected for duplication (students enrolled in multiple institutions) last fall’s numbers shrink a little further, down to 18,663,617.

Enrollments from 2013-2016

By sector: enrollment especially declined in community colleges and for-profits.  Four year private colleges and universities saw a slight drop.  Four year public institutions alone saw growth, and that was…

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The Future Trends Forum leaps into 2017

start your #FTTE year today with Adrianna Kezar on the Changing Faculty and Student Success. Lagniappe: a handful of links about the Forum and today’s guest, http://www.one-tab.com/page/wboOJXa4TTORY5h13l4y7A

Bryan Alexander

After a holiday break (and nice online party) the Future Trends Forum is roaring back for the new year.

First, a glance back.  The Forum launched on February 11th, 2016, almost one year ago, with Audrey Watters as our first guest.   We started from scratch, without any name recognition, media partners, or institutional connections.  From that initial point, we went on to conduct forty-three (43) Forum sessions through 2016.   52 guests have appeared.  For the audience, more than 1,320people have participated. There are now forty-seven (47) recordings on YouTube.

forum-amy-collier-and-george-station Forum stalwarts George Station and Amy Collier, plus a horde of participants.

Plenty of developments and experiments have emerged over the past 11 months.  We’ve piloted live sessions, for example, held at important conferences, where Christopher Downs has done terrific production work making everything work.  I’ve tried having myself as sole host-guest for several Fora, connecting…

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