Occupying Harvard Yard
by Ying Qian
“On the Crimson website, a student questioned the Harvard Occupiers: “Then why are you at Harvard, continuously benefiting from and contributing to its institutional privileges, instead of working with farm workers and disabled people? Because you wanted that Harvard brand, right? Oh the smell of hypocrisy.” For me, Occupy Harvard asks exactly this question. Why are we at Harvard? How do we commit to social equality while attending a private, elite educational institution? How do we learn beyond our institutional and disciplinary confines? How do we envision a better society with others, horizontally?”
Why Occupy Harvard?
by Lisa Stampnitzky
Why set up a protest camp at the richest university in the nation? One answer is presented on a sign posted near the tents occupying Harvard Yard: “Wall Street Occupied My University,” while Maryam Monalisa Gharavi writes in the Los Angeles Review of Books:
Occupy Harvard itself has issued reasons for its existence, demanding a “university for the ‘99 percent,’ not a corporation for the ‘1 percent’” (with a short primer on what this could look like), an alter-model to the corporatization of higher education, and a demand for financial transparency, including the disclosure of all of Harvard’s investments.
As Adbusters noted, “if an occupation can happen at Harvard, it can happen anywhere.”