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“Politically Engaged Scholars: Focus on Industrial-Scale Agriculture in California” with Daniel J. O’Connell & Scott J. Peters

September 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

New Village Press (2021)

In their new book, In the Struggle: Scholars and the Fight Against Industrial Agriculture in California (New Village Press, July 2021), co-authors Daniel J. O’Connell and Scott J Peters chronicle the stories of eight politically engaged scholars, documenting their opposition to industrial-scale agribusiness in California.

As the narrative unfolds, their previously censored and suppressed research, together with personal accounts of intimidation and subterfuge, is introduced into the public arena for the first time.

O’Connell and Peters will be guests at our virtual FutureU Forum, which will take place on Friday, September 17, 1:30-3p Eastern Time and 10:30a-Noon Pacific Time via ZOOM.

Daniel J. O’Connell

Dr. O’Connell is Executive Director of the Central Valley Partnership. Located in Fresno, California, The Central Valley Partnership is dedicated to achieving social, racial, environmental, and economic justice in the San Joaquin Valley. The Partnership mobilizes activists and communities to increase civic engagement and hold elected officials and institutions accountable to our progressive ideals.

Scott J. Peters

Dr. Peters is a professor in the Department of Global Development at Cornell University. He studies the history of the land-grant mission with a focus on the ways it has been operationalized through extension work, using oral history and narrative inquiry to explore the development work and experiences of scientists, engineers, scholars, artists, extension professionals, and community organizers. Among his recent books is Jumping into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals. (Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation Press).

Joining Drs. O’Connell and Peters will be discussants Dr. Adalberto Aguirre, Jr., professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Riverside, and Dr. Raymond A. Jussaume, Jr., professor, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University.

The program will be co-hosted by Dr. Ruben Martinez, professor and director, Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, and Dr. Frank A. Fear, professor emeritus, Michigan State University.

You can join us in the ‘ZOOM Room’ on September 14. Contact Dr. Fear at frankafear@gmail.com to receive the URL.

You can also view the forum live on our YouTube channel, (click following) FutureU, Neoliberalism in Higher Education.



September 17
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Future U, Neoliberalism in Higher Education


Via Zoom
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