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Academic Job Market or Squid Game?
<< There is a special perversity in pursuing a vocation that hinges entirely on the premise that *knowledge matters* while obliged to deny what knowledge shows. As a scholar, I could not do my job if I accepted the sort of “reasoning” we are given for the cruel arrangements under which we labor. >>
In the first update for 16 years, the guideline limit for the most damaging pollution – tiny particles from burning fossil fuels – has been halved
The Lecturer's Union at UM has started bargaining
"LEO includes 1,696 non-tenure track professors from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. The union is looking to improve their contract through the upcoming negotiations. Some of the proposals on the bargaining platform include more flexible COVID-19 policies for mode of course instruction, increased pay, pay parity across all three University campuses and greater participation in University governance."
University of Michigan Graduate Workers Are on Strike
"GEO is insisting that 'safety' and 'security' aren’t two separate subjects. Take, for example, the university’s police force’s name: the Division of Public Safety and Security. GEO is insisting that such security forces do not make us safe. And the COVID demands speak to a different vision of safety, where the health of the community is not subordinated to the university’s bottom line."
JSTOR has compiled a list of well-researched essays that "addresses institutionalized racism and how it’s caused historic, pointed harm at the Black community in the U.S.": https://daily.jstor.org/institutionalized-racism-a-syllabus/
Educators: If you wish to aid in the dismantling of a racist police state, you should avoid Zoom at all costs since they've made it abundantly clear they'll willingly team up with law enforcement: https://thenextweb.com/security/2020/06/03/zoom-wont-encrypt-free-calls-because-it-wants-to-comply-with-law-enforcement/
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