Although it has been months since Zuccotti Park hosted the protestors of Occupy Wall Street, the movement seems far from over. Mic check,, 99%, and #ows, have all become instantly recognizable concepts and slogans, and more substantively, income inequality has become a fixture of political discourse.
But what’s next? Join The New School for Social Research’s Jim Miller, NYU’s Lawrence Weschler, and a host of others for The Winter of Our Discontent: Stepping Back, Taking Stock, and Gazing Forward in the Wake of Occupy Wall Street, Saturday, February 11 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium. This free public conversation focuses on the current state of the Left in America, and where it should be headed, given the game-changing forces unleashed by Occupy Wall Street. Participants include:
- James Miller, professor of Politics and chair of Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research, SDS veteran, author of Democracy is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago, and a co-convener (with Lawrence Weschler) of this symposium.
- David Graeber, anthropologist, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years, and anarchist activist credited with coining OWS’s mantra “We are the 99%.”
- Todd Gitlin, professor of sociology and journalism at Columbia University, onetime president of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), author of The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage; Letters to a Young Activist; and a forthcoming book on Occupy Wall Street.
- Stephen Lerner, Washington, D.C.-based labor and community organizer, till recently with the Service Employees International Union where he led its Justice for Janitors campaign.
- Yotam Marom, a political organizer, educator, and writer based in New York, a veteran of Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park occupation, and member of the Organization for a Free Society.
- Jonathan Schell, formerly with the New Yorker, more recently with The Nation Institute, Toms Dispatch and Yale University, author of The Fate of the Earth andThe Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence and the Will of the People.
- Marina Sitrin, lawyer, teacher, activist and author of the just-released Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina.
- Rebecca Solnit, longtime San Francisco-based anti-globalization activist and author of Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, and A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.
- Lawrence Weschler, director of The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, author of The Passion of Poland, Vermeer in Bosnia, and Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative, and a co-convener (with James Miller) of this symposium.
This symposium is co-sponsored by The New School and NYU’s New York Institute for the Humanities.