found footage

a mysterious package containing this footage was found on the doorstep of an occupier over the weekend. no explanation accompanied the tape. we have not edited the video, though we did take the liberty of translating the pigspeak into English. subtitles in French are forthcoming. we think we have identified the source of the text; it seems this pig is partial to the writings of the invisible committee, as she appears here paraphrasing excerpts from The Coming Insurrection.

any information regarding the source of the footage, the intentions of its makers, or the pedigree of the spokes-pig would be greatly appreciated.

– Occupy Harvard Found Footage Working Group

Alumni Speak Out Against Library Layoffs

Professor A. Abbott Ikeler, Harvard College class of 1965 and a retired English professor recently wrote to President Drew Faust to express concern for the libraries and the workers who make the Harvard libraries flourish. Continuing the pattern of silence and obstruction, Professor Ikeler’s thoughtful letter received no more than a dismissive form-letter response that directed him to Faust’s evasive email on the subject of library restructuring. Members of Occupy Harvard began contacting alumni during the occupation of Lamont Cafe, and Professor Ikeler’s letter is just a particularly powerful and telling example of how the University’s plans have ignored students, faculty, workers and concerned alumni. The letters are available after the jump…

 

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Occupy Harvard Think Tank TODAY

The Occupy Harvard Think Tank

TOPIC: “Relationship between Occupy (Harvard) and Pre-established progressive groups”

WHEN: 1pm on Tuesday March 6 2012

LOCATION: Dudley House dining area. No IDs required; open to the public; consider bringing lunch. Building is at southwestern corner of the yard.

We hope you can come join us! Look for us in the dining area of the building which you see in front of you as soon as you enter the building via the main steps.

Note that your level of participation in any Occupy (Harvard) events in the past has no bearing on your importance to this think tank discussion. Whether you’ve been super-involved or not too involved at all you’ll still be a valuable contributor to the discussion and the others are the discussion will value both what you have to say and that you took the time to come listen to others and think with them. Think tanks are open stack discussions of a set topic, facilitated by a member of the OH facilitation team, recorded in audio and loaded to the Think Tank’s site. Pass them on to others!

invitation to Currencies, a dis/Conference

Currencies, a dis/Conference
with David Graeber
Harvard University
March 23, 2012, 12n-5p

Currencies are telling of our current time. Debt, labor, commodification, ownership, and consumerism structure and characterize contemporary life and knowledge production. From the monetization and protection of intellectual property to the debts that students accrue, from the exploitation of adjunct labor to the re-productions of class lines, this dis/Conference seeks critical engagement with what has currency and what serves as currency in education and life today.

In contrast to traditional conference formats, this dis/Conference seeks to facilitate open, horizontal education through substantive knowledge sharing, inquiry, critique, and discussion. Together with David Graeberanarchist, occupier, and anthropologist – we will engage the economies of academia by subverting its dominant forms of knowledge production. In the process, we will participate in the purposeful creation of an alternative model for scholarly engagement, beyond mere discussion. Under this model, our primary resources will be ourselves. Everyone – inside or outside of academia – is welcome.

We invite you to take an active role in shaping and leading this dis/Conference.

We invite you to submit a topic, idea, or interest, formulated as a question for consideration, that will serve along with others as a guiding structure for the event.

You may have the opportunity to introduce this question at the dis/Conference with a brief (<5 minutes) statement. Please email your question to ideas@currenciesdisconference.info by Wednesday, March 7.

For more information, please visit www.currenciesdisconference.info.

March 1. National Day of Action. Schedule of Events.

March 1 will be a busy day for occupiers at Harvard and everywhere. The schedule of events follows:

1 p.m. Students Occupy Boston rally at Dewey Square followed by a march.

3:30 p.m. Students Occupy rally at the Statehouse.

4 p.m. Open forum with Harvard Provost Alan Garber on the library transition. Come tell him what you think about cuts to the library and layoffs of library workers. Location: Dudley House common room. Facebook page: here.

5 p.m. Occupy for Ed: March to Defend Library Workers. With the No Layoffs Campaign. Location: Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue. Followed by march to several Harvard libraries. Facebook page: here.

6 p.m. Occupy Harvard Working Group assembly. Science Center.

See you there.

Thank You! We are just beginning.

What an amazing week!

Thank you to everyone who made this possible.

We occupied, learned and taught, made new friends, and stood solidly against the unjustifiable actions of Harvard administration with respect to the library reorganization.

To everyone who brought us food – coffee, pastries, fruit, candy, snacks, dinners, deserts, and more – THANK YOU!

To everyone who stood in solidarity with us by coming by, emailing, saying something in the yard, or however else, THANK YOU! Our work continues and we look forward to continuing our relationship.

To everyone who thought with us, learned with us, and taught with us, THANK YOU! The success of our transformation of Lamont Café into a re-envisioned space for critical thinking, engaged learning, and insistent action is solely due to our joined commitment to engage, think, and work together. “Take a break. Think.” is an action that is radical in every sense of the word.

Our work is just beginning. We will continue to stand with library workers and to insist on an alternative vision for Harvard libraries, one that cherishes the human communities and collaborative processes that make intellectual and civic engagement—on campuses and in public parks—not only possible but also fruitful.

Occupy Harvard continues strong.

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. And more. So much more.

Greetings to the Starbucks Counter-Occupation In Istanbul

Occupy Harvard to Inform University Donors of Administrative Assault on Learning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 February 2012
Occupy Harvard

Contact: Fenna Krienen (617) 701-6224 or Rudi Batzell (617) 955-0679
Occupy.Harvard@gmail.com

OCCUPY HARVARD TO INFORM UNIVERSITY DONORS OF ADMINISTRATIVE ASSAULT ON LEARNING

This Friday, Occupy Harvard will be hosting a phone bank to inform University donors of administrative plans to further deplete campus libraries, despite a rebounding endowment. From 4-7pm today, students and allies will gather in Lamont Library Café, which has been occupied since Sunday, and call major and minor donors to let them know about where their money is going.

Since 1991, Harvard’s endowment has grown from just under $5 billion dollars to just over $32 billion. Over the same period, Harvard administration has closed over 20 libraries. In the last two years alone, the number of library assistants across the Library system has declined by a startling 21%. Meanwhile, those in charge of managing the endowment rake in compensation in excess of 6 million dollars a year; such exorbitant pay is justified as necessary to maintain Harvard’s position as the world’s premiere institution of higher learning. Occupy Harvard is unable to reconcile this claim with the obvious administrative efforts to impoverish undergraduate and graduate education by closing libraries and firing research staff.

Reflecting on the value of Harvard’s smaller libraries, Katherine Stevens, a doctoral candidate in History said, “I love the Museum of Comparative Zoology Library. Zoology isn’t even my field–I’m a historian–but I spend time there because it is a quiet place with helpful staff.” She continued, “Because I do environmental history, being in close proximity to the life sciences and seeing the rotating displays in the MCZ’s foyer always inspires me. When my family comes to visit, I don’t take them to Memorial Hall or even Widener. I show them the MCZ.”

In a 2009 report, the library task force stated that the Harvard libraries could “no longer harbor delusions of being a completely comprehensive collection.” If restoring Harvard’s historically peerless system of libraries and maintaining a competent and experienced research staff are no longer the goals of the administration, then Harvard Management Companies’ Wall Street salaries can no longer be justified. Instead, these must be seen for what they are: an effort by the administrative elite to rob Harvard and its endowment under the flimsiest of pretenses of efficiency.

“I don’t want to go to a library that is the equivalent of a big box store for books, but it seems that is exactly what Harvard will wind up with if the restructuring isn’t rethought,” concluded Katherine Stevens.

Occupy Harvard calls on all students, library workers, and local allies to join them in Lamont Café this Friday to contact donors and ask that they mark their donations for maintaining Harvard’s libraries, collections and staff, and restoring Harvard’s standing as the finest university in any country.

Those unable to attend today’s phone bank are encouraged to call Peggy Molander, Director of Development of Harvard College Library, 617-495-8062 or President Drew Faust, (617) 495-1502, or write to the Alumni Affairs and Development Office: hcf_inquiry@harvard.edu and ask after the priorities of the stewards of Harvard’s treasured library system.