Please join us for an exciting event in partnership with the SFSU Poetry Center and SEIU Local 1021. This interactive program looks at the fight to improve the working conditions of lecturer faculty through the lens of local poet and artist activists.
Poet | Artist | Activist: Let’s Make A Plan
Christopher Higginbotham, Christian Nagler, Cassie Thornton
Thursday NOV 12, 2015
4:30 pm* @ Labor Archives and Research Center
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460 – 4th floor, SFSU, free
*conversation at 4:30, performances at 5:00 pm
STUDENT DEBT | MINIMUM WAGE | ADJUNCT LABOR
Open conversations with three artist/activists discussing their work, followed by performances. Co-sponsored by the Labor Archives & Research Center, the Poetry Center, and Service Employees International Union Local 1021.
“But if we listen to them they will say: come let’s plan something together. And that’s what we’re going to do. We’re telling all of you but we’re not telling anyone else.”
–Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, Chap. 4, “Debt and Study” (download the PDF for free)
Poster design by Adrian Quiroga Ochoa and Harlan Frost.
Christopher Higgenbotham is a passionate high school history teacher who also happens to be a big activist for social change and justice in his community. Christopher graduated from Morehouse in 2013. He lives by the words “Why Not?”
Christian Nagler is an artist, writer and translator based in Oakland, California. He works at the intersection of bodily movement and geo-financial systems. Recent projects include Market Fitness, Yoga for Adjuncts, and Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics which pursue economic critique through kinesthetic, participatory performances. He co-translated Empire of Neomemory by Heriberto Yépez, and has translated many other works by Central American writers. He was deeply involved in unionizing bay area adjunct faculty. Currently, he is doing graduate research on issues of performance in economic discourse and labor issues, and completing his first novel and book of poems.
Cassie Thornton is an artist who is sometimes referred to as the Feminist Economics Department (the FED), and who works in collusion with Strike Debt in Oakland, California, a social movement dedicated to grassroots action. Her work investigates and reveals the impact of governmental and economic systems on public feeling, behavior, and unconscious, with a focus on debt and security. Cassie has exhibited, lectured, and performed with the generous support of galleries, art and activist groups, non-profits, universities, and museums internationally. In 2015, Cassie has been commissioned to complete a project with SEIU in Oakland CA, Evergreen State University in Olympia WA, Hastings Poverty Race and Law Journal in San Francisco, the SF LGBT Center, Storefront Lab in San Francisco, Recess Gallery in Portland OR, Portland State University, San Francisco State University, SOEX in San Francisco, Publication Studio in Oakland, CA and UC Berkeley. She has recently published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, ArtLeaks, and Temporary Art Magazine. Recent awards have come from Headlands Center for the Arts, Blade of Grass Foundation, CCA Social IMPACT Grant, Barclay Simpson Award and the Cannonball Miami Residency.