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UCSB Faculty Association to Host Open Forum on October 17th

Higher Education and California Voters: Can this Election Save UC?
A forum sponsored by the Faculty Association at UC Santa Barbara

Wednesday, October 17, 4 p.m.
McCune Conference Room, 6th floor
Humanities and Social Science Building (HSSB 6020)

Participants will include:

Nelson Lichtenstein, MacArthur Foundation Chair in History and Director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy. Lichtenstein, who will moderate the forum, is the author of numerous books on labor and business history. His most recent is The Right and American Labor: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination, edited with Elizabeth Shermer. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

Christopher Newfield, Professor of English, is the editor/author of “Remaking the University,” the authoritative and widely-read blog that is essential reading for all those interested in the financial, educational, and political future of the University of California and other institutions of higher education in this state and the nation. Among other books, he is the author of Unmaking the University: the Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class and Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980.

Tania Israel, Associate Professor in Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, is Chair of the UCSB Undergraduate Council and Co-Chair of the Senior Women’s Council. She is active in local Democratic Party politics.

Das Williams was elected to the California Assembly in 2010. He represents the 35th District on the South Coast and is chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. A former member of the Santa Barbara City Council, Williams holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School.

Gene Lucas is Executive Vice Chancellor at UCSB. The chief academic officer on campus, he chaired the Long Range Development Plan and presided over mitigation of what he once called the “budget wreck” that has afflicted UC for nearly a decade. Lucas holds joint appointments in the departments of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

The Faculty Association is a voluntary membership organization of faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It provides a forceful, alternative voice for faculty, independent of both the Academic Senate and the UCSB Administration. For more information visit the Faculty Association web site.

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