Chris Hedges to Embed TODAY

28 November 2011

Contacts: Jeff Bridges or Maggie Gram
(617) 895-6237


Cambridge, MA — On Monday, 28 November, Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent and renowned social critic Chris Hedges will embed with Occupy Harvard, spending the night in a tent in Harvard Yard. Hedges will address Occupy Harvard and its supporters at a 5:00 pm rally at Thayer Gate, located between Harvard Yard and the Harvard University Science Center at 1 Oxford Street.

Also on Monday, Harvard students will undertake a day of action to express support for University of California students’ strike in response to police violence and to galvanize yet broader support for the Occupy movement on campus and nationwide. This will include a rally at 3:30 pm.

As both the 5:00 pm address and the 3:30 pm rally take place outside the confines of Harvard Yard—which remains unnecessarily on lockdown—and are therefore open and accessible to the media.

Hedges, a vocal supporter of the Occupy movement, is a senior fellow for the Nation Institute and writes regular columns in The Nation and Truthdig. Originally invited by the University to give a talk as part of the Harvard University Humanities Center series, Hedges has chosen to use his presence on campus to express solidarity with and support for the Occupy Harvard movement. In so doing, he will leave unoccupied the room booked for him by the University at the upscale Harvard Faculty Club.

Solidarity Rally
WHO: Members and supporters of Occupy Harvard
WHAT: Rally to show solidarity with UC students’ strike
WHEN: 3:30-4:00 pm
WHERE: Thayer Gate, located between Harvard Yard and the Harvard University Science Center at 1 Oxford Street
Chris Hedges Address
WHO: Chris Hedges and Occupy Harvard
WHAT: Address in support of Occupy Harvard, economic justice, and the freedom of expression
WHEN: 5:00-5:45 pm
WHERE: Thayer Gate, located between Harvard Yard and the Harvard University Science Center at 1 Oxford Street


Schedule of Events:

Excerpt from Chris Hedges’ latest book, ‘Death of the Liberal Class:’
Universities no longer train students to think critically, to examine and critique systems of power and cultural and political assumptions, to ask the broad questions of meaning and morality once sustained by the humanities. These institutions have transformed themselves into vocational schools. They have become breeding grounds for systems managers trained to serve the corporate state. In a Faustian bargain with corporate power, many of these universities have swelled their endowments and the budgets of many of their departments with billions in corporate and government dollars. College presidents, paid enormous salaries as if they were the heads of corporations, are judged almost solely on their ability to raise money. In return, these universities, like the media and religious institutions, not only remain silent about corporate power but also condemn as “political” all within their walls who question corporate malfeasance and the excesses of unfettered capitalism.

Chris Heges’ Humanities Center Event:


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4 comments on “Chris Hedges to Embed TODAY


    Security should do a better job so non-Harvard ID holders can’t spend the night in the Yard.

    • Jeff Bridges says:

      So true. That Hedges guy is a huge threat to campus security and safety. Complete riff raff, I tell you. Wouldn’t be surprised if he snuck in a pillow, too—could cause some serious damage with that thing.

  2. Tom Cavanaugh says:

    Thankfully, over the years, a relatively small but important handful of people have disobeyed rules to effect change. Those who aren’t aware of this tradition– necessitated by govermental, societal and corporate abuse of power–are much more dangerous than any rebellious group of occupiers.

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