The Adjunct Project’s new Workshop Series presents…


Monday, March 14 @ 6:30pm

CUNY Graduate Center, Concourse Room 201 (basement level)

365 Fifth Avenue
B/D/F/M/N/Q/R to 34th StHerald Square

Panel and discussion featuring:

Frances Fox Piven
Professor of Political Science and Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, author of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America
Ashley Dawson
Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center, co-editor of Dangerous Professors: Academic Freedom and the National Security Campus
Carol Smith
Retired faculty, The City College of New York, curator of the online exhibit “The Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY, 1931-42”
Kristofer Petersen-Overton
Adjunct Lecturer of Political Science, Brooklyn College.


Our university is once again under attack. Two opponents of academic freedom, Glenn Beck and NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind, have recently targeted CUNY faculty members Frances Fox Piven and Kristofer Petersen-Overton, respectively, in the worst academic witch-hunts seen in years. Moreover, David Horowitz–author of the neo-McCarthyite work The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America and coordinator of the virulently anti-Muslim “Islamofascism Week” at U.S. colleges in 2007–has been welcomed to speak at Brooklyn College’s Library this Thursday at 6pm, where many people from around CUNY plan to protest his lecture.

Many education advocates have begun to ask what political strategies are needed to challenge the right-wing assaults on academic expression that Beck, Hikind, and Horowitz encourage, especially given the hidden origins of McCarthyism in the CUNY system itself. Indeed, intellectual silencing may further grow in the absence of a principled defense of freedom both in and outside the classroom.

Join us for this first gathering in our new Adjunct Project Workshop Series at the Graduate Center, which will bring together these speakers for a discussion on the struggle for academic freedom.

For more info on this event and the Adjunct Project’s new workshop series, contact


Save the date! The next workshop will be “‘I’m Stickin’ to the Union!’: Nuts and Bolts of the PSC and the Contract Campaign,” March 30th, 6:30pm, GC rm5414

*Brought to you by the Adjunct Project*
office: CUNY Graduate Center, room 5494