The Notorious RBG and Social Responsibility

I was recently at a talk presented by Katie Gibson, an academic colleague based on her excellent book Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy of Dissent: Feminist Rhetoric and the Law. In this work, Professor Gibson documents the evolution of the Justice's feminist consciousness and legal strategies. RBG's legal rhetoric has invoked many decades of feminist thought.… Continue reading The Notorious RBG and Social Responsibility

Trans Migrant Murders and the Importance of Intersectionality

Transgender asylum seeker Johana Medina, a refugee from El Salvador, died in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody on 1 June, the first day of Pride month. Medina is the 23rd transgender person to die in ICE custody. The horrific deaths of trans persons detained by Immigration and Customs and Enforcement are murders, and blame… Continue reading Trans Migrant Murders and the Importance of Intersectionality

Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Illness (delivered as talk to Socialism 2014)

Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Health Dana L. Cloud Socialism 2014 In the days after Eliot Rodger murdered six students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, commentators rushed to attribute the violence to “angry, resentful, mentally ill individuals” (Time) or “deep and puzzling psychological problems” (NYT). The problem could not lie in the ominpresence of… Continue reading Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Illness (delivered as talk to Socialism 2014)

Justice for Loretta Capeheart! Defend Free Speech in the Academy!

Friends and colleagues: Please respond by signing onto the petition; please forward and circulate. This case has broad ramifications for freedom of expression on the part of faculty across the country. THIS IS an urgent appeal for your support to defend Professor Loretta Capeheart in her struggle with her employer, Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in… Continue reading Justice for Loretta Capeheart! Defend Free Speech in the Academy!

The Political Rationality of Joseph Stack

Joe Stack's deliberate crashing of his small airplane into the Echelon Building in Austin, TX (which housed some offices of the IRS) on February 18 was remarkable not only because of its extreme character but also because of how pundits across the political spectrum have embraced him. Even his own adult daughter called him “a… Continue reading The Political Rationality of Joseph Stack

NCA Executive Director engages in union-bashing

A UNITE-HERE! organizer has been sending award-winning and other distinguished scholars in the NCA letters asking them to honor the boycott, not only because of the involvement of Manchester in funding an anti-gay ballot initiative, but also because the union has established relationships with the hyper-exploited workers at the hotel. Bringing the two causes together… Continue reading NCA Executive Director engages in union-bashing

National Communication Association in line with bigotry and exploitation at the Manchester Hyatt

SUMMARY OF PREVIOUS IDEAS FOR THOSE SYMPATHETIC WITH THE UNITE-HERE/LGBTQ BOYCOTT OF THE MANCHESTER HYATT: 1.  NCA: follow the lead of other associations and move the conference. 2.  Failing that, sympathetic individuals should book alternative lodging. The Holiday Inn Express is nearby and offers lodging at affordable rates. The Westin San Diego still had rooms… Continue reading National Communication Association in line with bigotry and exploitation at the Manchester Hyatt

The quiet desperation of academic women

This study came as no surprise to me! It resonates with my experience as a faculty member; although none of my male colleagues, Chair, or Dean is intentionally sexist, there are broader institution and cultural patterns that make some barriers to women's accomplishments seem like common sense. The discussion of how women bear a disproportionate… Continue reading The quiet desperation of academic women

Support the Hollywood Writers’ Strike!

Stopping exploitation is more important than new episodes of Grey's Anatomy. Just saying. Writers dig in for a long battle December 14, 2007 | Page 15 CINDY KAFFEN reports on the ongoing writers' strike after produers walked out of negotiations. LOSING THE battle of public opinion and faced with a near complete shutdown of… Continue reading Support the Hollywood Writers’ Strike!