Southeastern social justice speaker scheduled

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Marc Bousquet
by: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND- Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice’s 11th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series will feature Dr. Marc Bousquet, a major figure in the academic labor movement. Scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., the talk, “Monetizing the Students,” will take place on campus in the Student Union Theatre and is free and open to the public.
     Bousquet is the author of the well-known book “How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation,” which portrays higher education in the United States as a world where faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduates work long hours for low pay. Bousquet’s presentation will reveal ways some universities make money on students in the classroom and beyond.
     “Low-wage undergraduates, many of them filling positions formerly occupied by full-time staff, are often the largest workforce on campus,” writes Bousquet. “The smoothly-functioning campus is a ... company town with a churning pool of ... cheap labor that takes loans to spend in the company store, voluntarily poses for company marketing materials, and pays for the privilege of serving as a ‘brand ambassador’ for the campus.”
     Bousquet is an associate professor of film and media at Emory University. He is a frequent contributor to the higher education trade press, co-editor of “The Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change,” and co-editor of “Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers.” He founded “Workplace: A Journal of Academic Labor” and has served on the editorial board of several journals, including AAUP’s “Academe.”
     The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department organized the annual Social Justice Speaker Series as a means of bringing nationally and internationally recognized social justice activists to the Southeastern community. Previous speakers have included Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty and Law Center on race and racism, and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, on war and human rights. For more information, contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at 985-549-2110.

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