March 4th Statement from UCI Faculty


We apologize for not being more prompt about posting this statement.

(Via Rei Terada)

Dear Colleagues:

March 4 has been declared a national and statewide day of action on

education, with protests and marches on Sacramento–in which the UC

Regents among others are participating–and local events at UC and CSU

campuses to demonstrate the urgency of public commitment to education at

every level (K-12, community college, state college, university). Many

groups across the state are organizing travel to Sacramento; UCI community

members are currently organizing on-campus special classes and speeches.

We are writing to encourage you to participate and to allow your students

to miss classes without penalty on March 4 so that they can participate.

The UC Berkeley faculty association has issued a statement that includes

the following: “For those who have classes on March 4th, canceling or

re-scheduling is not a decision taken lightly. However, given the

statewide mobilization of teachers, professors and students, we believe

that this one day could make a significant difference in the course of

California education politics. For those of us who never miss a day of

class, this one feels worth it.” And the collected department chairs of

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UCSB have written: “We encourage

you to participate in whatever ways you can, such as: – Announcing the

events in class; – Allowing students to participate in these activities

without any penalty; – Teaching about the current crisis in public

education.”

We urge you to join our colleagues at these and other campuses in support

of March 4.

Sincerely,

Dina al-Kassim, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Comparative Literature

Elizabeth Allen, Associate Professor of English

Eyal Amiran, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Film &

Media Studies

Etienne Balibar, Professor of French and Italian

Victoria Bernal, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ellen S. Burt, Professor of French and Italian

Kitty Calavita, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society

Marie Cartier, Lecturer in Film and Media Studies

Charles Chubb, Professor of Cognitive Sciences

Elliott Currie, Profssor of Criminology, Law, and Society

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor of Art History and Director, Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies

Ken Dumars, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Julia Elyachar, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Cynthia Feliciano, Associate Professor of Chicano & Latino Studies and Sociology

Raul Fernandez, Professor of Chicano & Latino Studies

James Fujii, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Alexander Gelley, Professor of Comparative Literature

Gilbert G. Gonzalez, Professor Emeritus of Chicano & Latino Studies

Elizabeth Guthrie, Senior Lecturer in French

Sora Han, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society

Paul Jesilow, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society

Adriana Johnson, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Marek Kaminsky, Associate Professor of Political Science

Susan B. Klein, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Brook Haley, Lecturer in Humanities Core

Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Associate Professor and Chair of Women’s Studies

Karen Kim, Lecturer in Women’s Studies

Catherine Liu, Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies and Director, Humanities Institute

Catherine Lord, Professor of Studio Art

Lilith Mahmud, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies

Laura J. Mitchell, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, History

Cecelia Lynch, Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for

Global Peace and Conflict Studies

Antoinette LaFarge, Associate Professor of Studio Art

Simon Leung, Associate Professor of Studio Art

Carrie J. Noland, Professor of French and Italian

Rachel O’Toole, Assistant Professor of History

Kristin Peterson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Kavita Philip, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Director, Critical Theory Institute

Shawn Rosenberg, Professor of Political Science and Director, Graduate Program in Political Psychology

Jeanne Scheper, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies

Annette Schlichter, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Martin Schwab, Professor of Philosophy

Armin Schwegler, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

David Smith, Professor of Sociology

Luis Suarez-Villa, Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design

Rei Terada, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director, Critical

Theory Emphasis

Jerome S. Tobis, Professor Emeritus of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Deborah Vargas, Assistant Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Professor of History

Frank Wilderson, Associate Professor of African-American Studies and Drama

Hu Ying,  Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures

* * * *

Events at and around UCI:

Rally – Noon – UC-Irvine, near flagpoles next to the Aldrich Administration

Building

UC-AFT Rally speakers:  Brook Haley, Lecturer, Amy DePaul, Lecturer,

Mitchell Brown, Librarian.

Discussion Panel, 5:00 – UC-Irvine, Location TBA

UC-AFT panelists: Mitchell Brown, Librarian, and Peg Hesketh, Lecturer.

Community Rally sponsored by CFT – 4:00- 6:00, Fairview Ave in front of

Costa Mesa High School and Orange Coast College. Wear BLUE to show your

support for quality.

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