Occupy the University: A Movement Dialogue

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 PM

The Graduate Center, CUNY. Room 6112 (Sociology Lounge)

Join our conversation on the legacies of CUNY movements and Occupy Wall Street. Marisa Holmes and Conor Tomás Reed were students and workers at CUNY, as well as organizers of OWS. On the occasion of the recent publication of Holmes’ Organizing Occupy Wall Street: This Is Just Practice (2023: Palgrave Macmillan) and Reed’s New York Liberation School; Study and Movement for the People’s University (2023: Common Notions), they will speak to the liberating potential of education both within and beyond university walls.

Conor ‘Coco’ Tomás Reed (all) is a Puerto Rican/Irish gender-fluid scholar-organizer of radical cultural movements at the City University of New York. Conor’s new book New York Liberation School chronicles the rise of Black, Puerto Rican, and Women’s Studies and movements at the City College of New York and in New York City, as well as CUNY’s post-9/11 oppositional relationship to US imperialism. Conor is also co-developing the quadrilingual anthology Black Feminist Studies in the Americas and the Caribbean. Conor is the current co-managing editor of LÁPIZ Journal and a contributing editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, as well as a co-founding participant in Free CUNY, Rank and File Action (RAFA), and Reclaim the Commons. 

Marisa Holmes is an organizer, filmmaker, writer, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the director of two non-fiction feature films, All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story, which captures the occupation at Zuccotti Park, and After the Revolution, a non-linear narrative of the post-2011 context in North Africa. In addition, she has authored numerous short films and articles. Her work has appeared in Truthout, Paris-Luttes, Nawaat, PBS, and Al Jazeera, and We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation. Currently, she teaches courses on social movements and media at Rutgers University and Fordham University. Her first book, Organizing Occupy Wall Street: This Is Just Practice is just out with Palgrave Macmillan.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics. It is free and open to the public.