Downing and Carvalho’s “Works and Days” Featured in New York Times

Posted on 3/17/2009 7:11:16 PM

Works and Days, edited by David Downing and guest-edited by doctoral candidate and teaching associate Edward J. Carvalho, was recently featured in the New York Times.

On March 8, 2009, Stanley Fish in his New York Times opinion piece “Neoliberalism and Higher Education” addressed the latest Works and Days volume, Academic Freedom and Intellectual Activism in the Post-9/11 University. Fish cited Works and Days contributors Sophia A. McClennen, Henry Giroux, and Susan Searls Giroux. McClennen was also one of the speakers at the Works and Days “Academic Freedom after 9/11” symposium on February 23 that featured keynote speakers Cary Nelson and Ward Churchill.

On March 15, 2009, Stanley Fish again cited the Works and Days volume in the New York Times, this time in the opinion piece “To Boycott or Not to Boycott, That Is the Question.” In this article, Fish cited Grant Farrad’s essay “The Act of Politics Is to Divide” from the Works and Days volume.

Since Fish’s publicity, Henry Giroux has published a new essay in CounterPunch (“Making Democracy Matter: Academic Labor in Dark Times”), where he states that the Works and Days volume “may be the best collection yet published on intellectual activism and academic freedom.” Such endorsements follow Marc Bousquet’s proclamation in the on-line edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, that the Works and Days volume is “the best value in academic freedom short of joining the AAUP.” Similarly, in a recent letter to IUP administration, AAUP President Cary Nelson asserts “that the special issue of Works and Days devoted to academic freedom is one of the most important academic publications in recent years.”