History of the Occupation

What we did:

Brought together library workers, faculty, staff and students to empower grassroots organizing against the fundamentally flawed guiding assumptions and consequent proposals of the Harvard Library Reorganization Process. From hosting a gathering to enable participation in the Administration’s virtual chat as a community to celebrating our interconnections as our celebration of Valentine’s day, we solidified our bonds of solidarity and friendship.

Transformed Lamont Café into a collaborative space for learning and teaching. We enacted and modelled the productive innovations and possibilities of horizontal and participatory education.

Ten Think Tanks, which are all recorded and accessible for listening and commenting. The conversation continues.

Teach-ins and workshops that ranged from an amazingly productive conversation with librarians from around the University to an insightful and incisive teach-in with Ellen David Friedman. We wrote poetry with Filip Marinovich, a vital soul and amazing Occupy Wall Street Poet, and practiced non-violence with John Bach, a Memorial Church Chaplain.

Began the process of calling and emailing Harvard’s donors to ring the alarm bell that while Harvard is getting richer, the libraries are losing. We will continue calling and writing to Harvard’s community at large. The libraries are the center of the University, and an assault on them is an assault on all of us.

Exposed the remarkable “theater of the absurd” talent of Harvard Administration, performed utterly without irony. Due to popularity, the workshop spanned multiple days and made Paul Bellenoit a rising YouTube star.

Raised essential questions.

Daily Schedule – New Harvard Library Occupation

Sunday 6:00 pm Occupation Begins
6:40-7:10 pm LiveStream with Student Occupy Summit
8:00 pm The New Harvard Library Assembly
9:00 pm Study Break
Come for snacks, conversation and community
10:00 pm Think Tank
What is Occupation? Why Lamont?
11:00 pm Film Screening (Silent, Subtitled)
Monday 7:00 am Morning Meditation
8:30-10:00 am Coffee Call
Stop by on your way to work or to class for a cup of coffee and some conversation. Check-in about the day’s events and meet some new friends.
10:00-12:00n Study Hall
1:00 pm Think Tank
What is a library? What does the library of the future look like?
2:00-4:00 pm Knowledge Share, Skill Share
4:00-5:00 pm Workshop: Facilitating Group Process
This workshop will explore processes that facilitate collaboration and consensus building in a variety of settings and for a variety of groups.
6:00 pm Occupy Harvard General Assembly, Working Group Meetings
9:00 pm Think Tank
Topic: The Role of Knowledge in Promoting Social Equality and Social Justice
10:00 pm Film Screening
Tuesday 7:00 am Morning Meditation
8:30 am Coffee Call
10:30-12:00n Occupy Poetry Workshop with Filip Marinovich
1:00 pm Think Tank
Is livelihood a right?
2:00-4:00 pm Knowledge Share, Skill Share
4:00-5:00 pm Workshop: What is Occupy? History, Context, and Ideas
5:30 pm Library Worker Visit
7:00 pm The New Harvard Library Assembly
9:00 pm Think Tank
Sexual Violence
10:00 pm Film Screening (film to be determined)
Wednesday 7:00 am Morning Meditation
8:30 am Coffee Call
10:00-12:00n Study Hall
12:00n Virtual #HLTH & No Layoffs Meeting
2:00-4:00 pm Teach-In
Students, Talk to a Librarian! What the libraries can do for you.
7:00 pm The New Harvard Library Assembly
9:00 pm Think Tank
Power, Coercion, and the University
10:00 pm Film Screening: Metropolis
Thursday 7:00 am Morning Meditation
8:30 am Coffee Call
10:00-12:00n Study Hall
1:00 pm Think Tank
Is “Violence” the Opposite of Non-Violence? And Other Cancerous Ideas
2:00p Teach-In
How to challenge hegemony within an institution designed to reproduce itEllen David Friedman will lead this workshop exploring topics such as: the connection between the occupy movement and the labor movement, signs of the end of a neoliberal consensus, training in skills for activism and political organization, a glimpse into Harvard activism in the 70s, and the challeng of bringing librarians on board with our movement.
5:30p Library Workers and Occupy – Solidarity Rally
Outside Lamont
6:00 pm Occupy Harvard General Assembly
9:00 pm Think Tank
Topic: Strategizing Occupy Strategy, Where should Occupy [Harvard] go?
10:00 pm Film Screening (film to be determined)
Friday 7:00 am Morning Meditation
8:30 am Coffee Call
10:00-12:00n Study Hall
1:00 pm Think Tank
What is Occupy Harvard’s relationship with other Occupies both near and far?
2:00 pm Nonviolence Training Workshop with John Bach
4:00-7:00 pm Occupy Donors Phone-a-thon and Pizza Party
7:00 pm The New Harvard Library Assembly
9:00 pm Parting Thoughts Think Tank
10:00 pm Fare thee well, for now.

3 comments on “History of the Occupation

  1. […] the Lamont Library Café for a week last February. There, students and staff hosted think tanks and workshops on the role of the Library and the needs of patrons and staff. They also phonebanked alumni and […]

  2. […] the Lamont Library Café for a week last February. There, students and staff hosted think tanks and workshops on the role of the Library and the needs of patrons and staff. They also phonebanked alumni and […]

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