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Frances Fox Piven, "The Resistance," April 4 - 2 PM Davison Room 128 Douglass

Submitted by Staff on Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:16

Paul McLean, Associate Professor of Sociology, invites everyone to attend a talk by Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. 

The talk, entitled "The Resistance," will be held in Davison Hall, room 128, on the Douglass campus on Tuesday, April 4, starting at 2:00pm,


Frances Fox Piven is an internationally renowned social scientist and activist who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to poor and working people and to the practice of democracy.  She is the author or co-author of over 200 articles and several books, including Regulating the Poor (1971), Poor People’s Movements (1977), The Breaking of the American Social Compact (1997), Why Americans Still Don’t Vote and Why Politicians Want It That Way (2000), and Challenging Authority (2008).  A recipient of both Fulbright and Guggenheim Awards, she served in 1981 as Vice-President of the American Political Science Association, and in 2007 as President of the American Sociological Association.  She is a founder of the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), and a co-founder of Human SERVE, a campaign which pioneered the idea of “automatic voter registration” via citizens’ applications for social assistance or drivers’ licenses.  She serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit and advocacy groups like Project Vote and Wellstone Action, and she supports anti-poverty groups such as Community Voices Heard, FUREE, and the Center for Community Change. Among her many accolades, she has received the Elliott-Black Award from the American Ethical Union for her “life-long commitment to create a society of peace and justice,” and the Hope Shapiro Bread and Roses Award from New Jersey Peace Action, in honor of her “tireless work to protect and expand voter rights.” 


Frances Fox Piven is a legendary scholar and activist, and Paul McLean enthusiastically encourages all of us to attend her talk and participate in the vigorous discussion that is sure to follow. 


Instructors: Definitely consider inviting your students to attend this talk if you wish. I would love to turn people away from a room that is full to overflowing!  We should be able to get at least 120 people in the room.


Paul McLean
Associate Professor of Sociology
Rutgers University
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882
phone: 848-932-7620
fax: 732-932-6067



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