Reading for Better Futures

Some time back my colleague Courtnie Wolfgang shared with me an incredible drive of materials on incarceration and detention of juveniles. This unexpected generosity left me thinking about the value of shared libraries and advancement of knowledge. I’ve heard a number of particularly heated arguments lately among scholars employed at …

Criminal Justice Reform and Rights Restoration in Virginia: a Guide to Pestering your Legislators

Virginia’s General Assembly is in session! While demanding action from your legislators is fun, it’s not always super easy. Our legislative process is baroque at best, and often designed in such a way that it’s hard to know how to even start demanding the change you want to see. We …

Virginians: VA Budget and NVM on MLK Day

New Virginia Majority invited community organizers and Virginian constituents to use the 2017 Martin Luther King day to approach their representatives and demand change in the following areas: Criminal Justice Reform and Rights Restoration Voting Rights Immigrant Rights Affordable Higher Education, Lowering Student Debt Economic Justice: Medicaid Expansion, Raising Minimum Wage …

What we can do

Trump is president elect. My classes are full of tearful students asking what can be done. In truth I have no idea, and very few of us truly do I suspect. It will be some time before anyone gets their footing. This seems true of everyone I encounter, even though …

Contingent Academic Labor

This is the story of OSU breaking promises (and contracts) to fund FT contingent teachers of first year writing. #contingentacademiclabor https://t.co/j7l0DlaGQZ — David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) October 24, 2016 Earlier this week a colleague linked me to the above tweet summarizing an ongoing debate over the employment status of the …

Breakbeat Poetry

This week my Culture | Counterculture class is set to start reading The Breakbeat Poets, which offers me something I haven’t had in a while: poetry. I spent a lot of my younger life on poetry, but the past few years have left me uncertain where we stand. Poetry first took me to …