Flashpoint to Tackle Occupy Wall Street

From: Public Affairs

The latest in James Madison University’s Faculty Flashpoint Series, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Innovation, will explore the Occupy Wall Street movement that has been gaining momentum in many U.S. cities and around the world over the past few months. The flashpoint will be held Friday, Dec. 2, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the East Campus Library 3rd Floor Flex Space. JMU faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome.

Crafted by some as protest against economic exploitation and seen by others as a public nuisance, Occupy Wall Street has led to protestor encampments in public parks and on university campuses in Philadelphia, New York City, South Carolina, at the University of California-Davis and many other locations. Faculty panelists will delve into the inner workings of the U.S. capitalistic economy and examine how people have benefited, experienced loss or been exploited by Wall Street.

Dr. Mary Gayne, assistant professor of history, will serve as moderator. Other JMU faculty panelists include:

  • Esther Poveda, instructor of foreign languages, literatures and cultures
  • Dr. Stephen Poulson, associate professor of sociology
  • Dr. William Van Norman, assistant professor of history
  • Dr. Brian Kaylor, assistant professor of communication studies

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Nov. 30, 2011