Monday, October 22, 2012

#NewFac at Public Sociology Conference, GeorgeMasonU

…as submitted by #NFMFoundation Research Director, Esther Merves

Pictured: NFM Foundation board member Gary Rhoades (keynote speaker at the conference), NFM Foundation President Anne Wiegard, NFM President Maria Maisto, and NFM Foundation Research Director Esther Merves at the George Mason Public Sociology Conference, Oct 20, 2012, Fairfax, VA. 

The President of the Public Sociology Grad Student Association, and NFM Foundation intern Marisa Allison, did an amazing job on pulling together a national grad student conference.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A #poem for #adjuncts: Waifs and Strays by Arthur Rimbaud

#PAD/s usually go to plog (short for poetry blog) & @PWPicnic…this one seemed somehow so right for here. Alors, sont-nous aussi les enfants de la rue dans notre malchance d'être ainsi abandonnés? More later on the serious stuff of actions, news, events, reminders, conferences (not to be confused with action), links, petitions and such.

Waifs and Strays
translated by Jethro Bithell
Black in the fog and in the snow,
Where the great air-hole windows glow,
With rounded rumps,

Upon their knees five urchins squat,
Looking down where the baker, hot,
The thick dough thumps.

They watch his white arm turn the bread,
Ere through an opening flaming red
The loaf he flings.

They hear the good bread baking, while
The chubby baker with a smile
An old tune sings.

Breathing the warmth into their soul,
They squat around the red air-hole,
As a breast warm.

And when, for feasters' midnight bout,
The ready bread is taken out,
In a cake's form;

And while beneath the blackened beams,
Sings every crust of golden gleams,
While the cricket brags,

The hole breathes warmth into the night,
And into them life and delight,
Under their rags,

And the urchins covered with hoar-frost,
On billows of enchantment tossed
Their little souls,

Glue to the grate their little rosy
Noses, singing through the cosy
Glowing holes,

But with low voices like a prayer,
Bending down to the light down there,
Where heaven gleams.

--So eager that they burst their breeches,
And in the winter wind that screeches
Their linen streams.

Read "Les Effarés"in original French + explication

Today's poem is in the public domain.

About this poem:
"Waifs and Strays" is a translation of Rimbaud's "Les Effarés." Arthur Rimbaud was born October 20, 1854. Today is his birthday.

Poetry by Arthur Rimbaud

translated by Wyatt Mason
October 20, 2012
Arthur Rimbaud
A volatile and peripatetic poet, the prodigy Arthur Rimbaud wrote all of his poetry in a space of less than five years. 
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

October 2012 Bullhorn

…New Paltz UUP chapter newsletter, The Bullhorn, courtesy of Peter DG Brown, Chapter President and NFM member; Note links to current and back archived issues on the New Paltz site

This newsletter always has good articles on contingent faculty issues and the academic precariat. NFM Foundation President Anne Wiegard has a piece in this is issue. There is also a reprint of an article by Steve Street and a report on a labor-management meeting, specifically noting interactions on adjunct issues.

BULLHORN OCT 2012.pdf 
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Friday, October 12, 2012

#Maria Maisto #CEW keynote speaker at Colorado SU

…sharing buttons designed by Colorado NFM member Natalie Barnes:
Adjunct and proud"
"I learned from an Adjunct". "Adjunct Ally"

... get bunches and bunches to give to friends and colleagues. Don't you want some too? Can't wait for mine!

Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, will be the keynote speaker for events to be held on campus on Oct. 10 and 11 to observe Campus Equity Week. These events focus on the role of adjunct faculty at the CSU.

Campus Equity events
The Campus Equity events included a keynote address by Maisto 7 pm Wednesday, Oct 10 in the main auditorium of the Institute for Teaching and Learning (TILT) building on the CSU oval, room 221. 
Maisto and members of the College of Liberal Arts Adjunct Faculty Committee (CLA-AFC) also hosted a public forum in the new Main Floor Event Hall at Morgan Library from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 10. Oct. 11 Maisto led a workshop for adjunct faculty  from 9-11 a.m.
Today @ Colorado State University - National academic labor leader to speak on campus

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Smashing Apples: Shock Doctrine for Public Education

By Apple-book.svg: Richtom80 derivative work: Frédéric (Apple-book.svg) [CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia CommonsThat’s What It’s All About by Kevin Mahoney in Raging Chicken Press, densely packed with information and links, briefly excerpted below. This series promises to live up to the Raging Chicken Press tagline, "if you're not angry, you're not paying attention." Don't shortchange yourself or your understanding of current issues in higher ed. If SEIU 500 (Coalition of Academic Labor)'s successes show what can be done and Green River CC vs GRAFA raises serious questions about intra-union conflict and abuses of power, then Smashing Apples (love the name) draws the line in the sand...Raging Chicken editor and writer, Kevin Mahoney notes, 

Editor’s Note: This article inaugurates a new Raging Chicken Press series by the same name: Smashing Apples. This series will focus on the ongoing attacks against public education from kindergarten through higher education both in the Pennsylvania region and across the country

... and then posits...

Pennsylvania as Ground Zero in War Against Public Education?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

@SEIU L500 Coalition of #AcademicLabor Conference #Call4Presentations

…3 more cheers & come to DC for the Coalition's annual Forum

Adjunct Mark Plane speaks
at 2011 conference
The SEIU Local 500 Coalition of Academic Labor Fourth Annual Forum on Part-time Faculty Unions. Read about 2011 Forum. Submit for 2012 by October 31, details below.

Caste and Classes: Contingent Academic Labor 

Confronting Inequalities in Higher Education
  • Date: Saturday, December 1, 2012 
  • Time:  9am to 5pm.
  • Place: SEIU Headquarters, 1800 Mass Ave, Washington DC (Dupont circle metro)
Join part-time faculty, union members and activists, contingent faculty advocates, full-time faculty, student groups, administration allies, members of The New Faculty Majority and the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, community allies and other stakeholders in higher education for an action oriented forum on the topic of how academic labor practices are perpetuating the increasing inequalities in our society and what we are doing to fight back.

Blog Action Day 2012, Oct15: #powerofwe

BAD12emailheader.jpg…Calling all #highered bloggers to blog for #contingent #academiclabor issues. Let's do this one: try some Power of We on for size. You can choose your own cause to blog for (or blog for more than one). One recommendation suggests focusing on a social change movement. This is ours.

Not a blogger? Maybe it's time to start. Imagine if this one day all the contingent faculty bloggers (even ones not blogging on academia or issues) and our tenured friends like More or Less Bunk, Here Comes Trouble or The Professor is In, AAUP's Academe blog, Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed bloggers and others blogged about this social change movement. Surely someone would notice. 

Hello Bloggers

Monday, October 1, 2012

#Adjunct Professors Unite…on radio

right about NOW (Mon Oct 1) at 12:00 noon (EST), NewFac prez Maria Maisto,  along with SEIU Local 500 VP Kip Lornel, and Senior Chronicle Writer Schmidt will be guests on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, a Washington DC  social issues radio program on NPR affiliate WAMU that follows the Diane Riehm Show. Join them now or visit later. 

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