Roll Call

This is a list of the people and institutions, books and other resources that tell the story of who we are as we continue to articulate the most basic hopes of an Adjunct Nation.

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  1. My journey into the Adjunct Nation started with a series of intense disagreements about strategy with a woman named Julie at the Community College of Vermont. Julie went on to serve the students at River Valley Community College in Claremont, NH. She passed last year before participating in this phase of the longer creation of sustainable work and learning models for all students, faculty, staff, and administration.

    I also want to remember Beverly Robinson, folklorist at UCLA. Like so many other legends I had the honor of knowing back in the mid-to-late 1990s as part of the “National Black Theatre Sumit” (On Golden Pond), Beverly took the time to sit down with a punk-loving hip hop wannabe writer, philosopher, and activist known in those citcles mostly for coordinating travel, arranging meals, facilitating seminar sessions, and driving some muthaf**kas to the pharmacy for their scripts at 2am. (WTF?) We shared a love of justice and academic pursuit of truth. It also helped that she was an avid reader of Melville, my obsession from 1995-1998. Kindness. Patience. Clarity of voice. Fearlessness. I miss her so much.

    August Wilson (1996-2005): I learned everything I needed to know about “getting to it” and standing up for yourself from the man himself and the characters he created — both the man and the art became for me nothing less than mythical Black figures of a particularly American proclivity for dissent.

    Donald E. Pease (1996-present): Without Don’s work, American Studies would have only become an over-specialized mode of academic inquiry. His persistent critique of neoliberalism, engagement with Lacan, and insistence on close-reading (and long drafting, thinking) challenged me to slow down — adjust and adapt.

    Thomas R. West (1988-present): Author, scholar, writing teacher, green activist (since 1964), friend, mentor — the first teacher to spar with me over ideas, to challenge me to write clearly, to never make a list of three prepositional phrasaes; to stop being lazy and write new clear sentences — unlike this statement. (Sorry, Tom. I love the rapid fire of the Camus you put in my hand.)

    Avital Ronell (2004-present): think. be. think. act. be. think. thank. read. more. read. more. be. more. trust yourself. be yourself. remember that you are here. remember you are a blessing to those who know you. think. be. act. read. walk. talk. pause. become uber-ethical. become an uber-reader. become an uber-Robert —- Avital’s books across the 00s provoked a return to my own real beginnings of higher education, what brought me to the Adjunct Nation in the first place: sharing, helping, hard work, the immanent joy of going home (Proust).

    Speech and Arrested Development (1992-present): a sound, a band, an idea that helped to immunize me to the viral desires and pathological nonsense called 1990s and present day rap, hip-hop, and dubstep/blah/blah/fuck you. “Raise your fists but also raise your children” / “hope and change are directly opposite not the same”

    I’ll start my list here.

    Dave Roedigger (UIllinois-Chicago)
    Alain Badiou (European Gradaute School)
    David Noble (UMN-Twin Cities)
    William W. Cook (Dartmouth College)
    Slavoj Zizek (European Graduate School)
    Sonja Kuftinec (UMN-Twin Cities)
    Chuck D (Public Enemy)
    Victor L. Walker II
    Atom Egoyan (European Graduate School)
    Laurie Carlos
    Dennis Moritz
    Wolfgang Schirmacher (European Graduate School)
    Michal Kobialka (UMN-Twin Cities)
    Richard Levin (SUNY-Stony Brook) ***
    Cia Linton (Catholic University)
    Tony Kushner
    ntozake shange
    Toni Morrison
    Cornel West
    Murray Rothbard
    C. Wright Mills
    Allan Bloom
    Harold Bloom
    Marcus Zuzak
    Annie Dillard
    Jean-Paul Sartre
    Albert Camus
    (and of course)
    Martin Heidegger

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