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Faculty of the World, Unite?

Penny Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Labor Studies at The Murphy Institute

Years of organizing, agitating, occupying and strategizing have brought the issue of low wage and precarious work to the forefront of contemporary economic discussion.  Fast food and retail are not the only sectors where such low wage work has become the norm:  higher education is increasingly structured along the same logic.  One of the central slogans taken up by students and professors at today’s May Day march and rally is “May Day $5K” – a call for a minimum payment of $5,000 per college class taught by part-time and contingent faculty.  This demand is being made alongside calls for job security, health benefits, and other improved working conditions for the contingent instructional staff that now comprises 75 percent of all college faculty members.  Shamefully, CUNY pays adjuncts closer to $3,000 per class, and it’s not an outlier.

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A People’s Art History of the United States

This book was initially listed in The New Labor Forum Spring 2014 Issue

By Nicolas Lampert
The New Press, 2013
A fascinating book examines the role visual images have played in activist movements throughout American history. The author was “particularly drawn to the examples . . . where the decisions made by artists were controversial and confounding” because “analyzing histories that are deeply complicated helps us learn.”