The journal Works and Days, edited by David Downing of the Department of English, published a special volume, The New American Movement: An Oral History. Guest edited by Victor Cohen, this volume offers a unique oral history and critical ethnography of the New American Movement (NAM).
Founded in 1972, NAM was the leading activist group for socialist feminism in the U.S. In 1982 it merged with the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee to become the Democratic Socialists of America. Contributors include leading founding members and other activists such as Michael Lerner, Stanley Aronowitz, Barbara Epstein, Richard Healey, Judith Gardiner, and many others.
This volume also contains a follow-up section on academic freedom, including Ed Carvalho’s interview with Gayatri Spivak and David Downing’s review of AAUP President Cary Nelson’s “No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom.”