Resisting the Corporate University: Academic Freedom, Islamophobia and Palestine

Room: 
1.100
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd LUNCH SESSION: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Abstract: 
This critical discussion will focus on the intersections of academic freedom, campus repression, labor rights, Islamophobia, and justice for/in Palestine in the context of a neo-liberal corporate university. Zionist and Islamophobic attacks on college campuses have attempted to censure, silence, and discredit campus advocates who are engaged in politically conscious intellectual work. Well-funded interest groups, with tacit support from neo-liberal public university administrations, have organized campaigns to silence any critical and justice-centered scholarship and pedagogy on Islamophobia, Palestine, and Israeli settler-colonialism. Such groups include AMCHA, Horowitz Freedom Center, Campus Watch/Middle East Forum, Zionist Organization of America, the Canary Mission and the Anti-Defamation League. These groups target college campuses as sites of critical engagement. Some campus administrations, motivated by a neoliberal model of corporate university have reinforced and emboldened these Zionist and Islamophobic McCarthyist groups by imposing punitive measures on campus activists, suppressing their academic freedom and combining that with heightened surveillance and policing of faculty, students, and staff. In the wake of these attacks, professors have been fired or denied tenure; courses were retracted; programs were defunded and students were suspended, expelled or disciplined. In response, campus coalitions, along with academic (and non-academic rank and file) labor activists and organizers, and US and international communities, have mobilized against Zionist, Islamophobic and neoliberal assaults as part of continued legacies of justice-centered campus activism that is organically connected to anti-imperialism and settler colonialism. This roundtable will discuss the Zionist and Islamophobic attacks, connect them to the current political environment and the history of repression of political dissent in the US, and campus activism generally and at SFSU in particular.
Panel Track: 
Teach-in on Palestine: Colonialism, Resistance and Justice
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Nerdeen
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Kiswani
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Al-Awda: Palestinian Right of Return Coalition
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Jonathan
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Buchsbaum
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
City University of New York, Professional Staff Congress
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Leena
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Widdi
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Fordham University School of Law
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Saliem
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Shehadeh
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
San Francisco State University
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Shariana
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Ferrer
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Colectiva Feminista en Construccion, Women's & Gender Working Group, Puerto Rican Student Strike
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator First Name: 
Khury
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Last Name: 
Peterson-Smith
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Black4Palestine
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Rabab
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Abdulhadi
 

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