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Schocket Lecture April 16: Scholar & Occupy Activist Andrew Ross

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Scholar and Occupy activist Andrew Ross will deliver Hampshire College's fifth annual Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture on April 16, 2012, at 4 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall. The lecture is free and the public is invited. His talk will be entitled "Democracy, Occupy, and Debt-Financed Education."

Ross is a prolific writer, scholar, and activist who has recently been at the center of the Occupy movement around the issue of student debt and the financing of education. He is a professor in New York University's department of social and cultural analysis. His recent books include Real Love: In Pursuit of Cultural Justice, Nice Work if You Can Get It, and Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City.

The annual lecture series honors the memory of Eric N. Schocket, an inspiring teacher and a nationally prominent scholar in working-class studies, who taught at Hampshire College from 1996 until his death in 2006. Schocket's work engaged the important relationship between class and culture. His book Vanishing Moments: Class and American Literature was published in 2006.

This event is also part of the spring 2012 Hampshire College Presidential Lecture Series. Hampshire is hosting a series of public talks by innovative thinkers and leaders in diverse fields throughout the semester. Through the Presidential Lecture Series, Hampshire is examining challenges facing the world today and the College's role in producing innovative thinkers and leaders for the future. These events will build toward the April 27 inauguration of President Jonathan Lash, which has as its theme "Educating for Change: Critical Thinking in a Critical Time." That day's events will feature speeches by President Lash and by former U.S. vice president Al Gore.
For more information on the Schocket lecture, please email or call 413.559.5362.

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