UW-Green Bay Prof. of Democracy and Justice Studies Harvey J. Kaye has been busy lately, with online essays and a series of broadcast interviews, including:
— A piece in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II
— A Lesson in American History with Professor Harvey J. Kaye on KKRN radio
UW-Green Bay Prof. of Democracy and Justice Studies Harvey J. Kaye is quoted at length in a story headlined “Battle for Living Wage, Economic Equality,” published online at the independent National Catholic Reporter news site. While much publicity has attended moves by some cities to raise the local minimum wage, Kaye notes the movement faces an uphill fight elsewhere. “Will the Fight for 15 put the question of inequality forward all the more aggressively? I don’t know. I don’t see it happening,” Kaye said. He added, “Imagine if labor had embraced the Occupy Wall Street question [about inequality] in a significant fashion, and if the Democratic Party, instead of paying lip service, had really addressed it.”
Prof. Harvey Kaye continues his busy schedule of progressive talk show appearances. He’ll talk “American Social Democracy” as a phone-in guest of a New Hampshire radio station at 11 a.m. CDT Thursday the 9th. Also, he’ll begin a standing 30-minute, biweekly gig on the national Nicole Sandler internet radio show, starting at 10:30 a.m. CDT Thursday the 9th.
Andrew Austin, an associate professor and chair of Democracy and Justice Studies at UW-Green Bay, is quoted at the end of an International Business Times article about Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to move academic tenure from state statutes to Board of Regents control. Headlined “Scott Walker Tenure Controversy,” the article quotes a range of observers including faculty members worried about new language that would allow for the release of tenured professors when it is “deemed necessary due to a budget or program decision requiring program discontinuance, curtailment, modification or redirection.” Austin’s quote:
“Tenure protections set in law tell the rest of the country that Wisconsin is committed to upholding academic freedom and sees tenure as a crucial asset in attracting the best professionals around the world and keeping them here in Wisconsin. Why shouldn’t we be a model for the nation? The state is already losing some of its finest faculty, which means an exodus of research moneys from the state. It will lose a great deal more if tenure protections are removed or weakened. If economic and social developments are valuable things to Wisconsinites, then retention of strong tenure language is essential.” To read the full article.
Prof. Harvey Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies has a lengthy piece — part essay, part book review — published at the Daily Beast website. It references the popularity of “Founders Chic” as politicians left and right continue to appropriate the stories of America’s founders to rally support to their side. Kaye notes that three new books reach back to Revolutionary War Era figures to draw conclusions about America. The books, by history professors Andrew Burstein of Louisiana State University, David Sehat of Georgia State University, and Andrew Schocket of Bowling Green State University look critically at our fascination both past and present for the Founders.
Two of UW-Green Bay’s most prominent and honored professors are the authors of separate essays published on this Independence Day weekend 2015.
Contributing to the Green Bay community’s dialog about the Confederate flag controversy playing out nationally, Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung of Human Development wrote a guest column for the July 3 print edition of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Headlined “Celebrate our freedoms, but don’t forget about respect,” the piece celebrates American freedom of expression but reminds us that a populous and pluralistic society derives value when individuals appreciate why some expressions are considered incendiary. The piece is archived here.
Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies, who speaks and writes nationally from a progressive perspective, has contributed the column “Social Democracy is 100% American” to the Moyers & Company political website. In it, Kaye criticizes some supporters of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for trying to marginalize the campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Responding to an interview in which a Clinton surrogate described Sanders as “extreme,” Kaye argues that social democracy has long been mainstream in American life. Whether public education, national parks, Social Security and more, from Thomas Paine right up through FDR and on to, yes, Sanders, it’s a fundamentally American tradition, Kaye argues. See http://billmoyers.com/2015/07/03/social-democracy-is-100-american/
Eric J. Morgan, assistant professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, recently published an article, “His Voice Must Be Heard: Dennis Brutus, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and the Struggle for Political Asylum in the United States,” in the July 2015 issue of Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research. Morgan’s article explores the high-profile struggle of Brutus, a South African poet, activist, and exile, with the Reagan Administration to win political asylum after receiving a controversial deportation order during the early years of Reagan’s constructive engagement policies toward South Africa and the nascent anti-apartheid movement of the early 1980s. Prof. Morgan also recently returned from Arlington, Va., where he chaired and contributed to a roundtable panel on “Innovative Pedagogies, Student Learning, and the Future of the U.S. and the World Classroom” at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).
In case you missed it today, Chancellor Gary Miller sent notice to the UWGB community about a “very important contribution” to the UWGB discussion on interdisciplinarity by Associate Professor Andrew Austin. You can find the essay on the Chancellor’s webpage by clicking http://blog.uwgb.edu/chancellor/?p=1926.
The Guardian, one of Britain’s (and the world’s) most recognizable news outlets, made UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye a source for their story on Hillary Clinton’s major campaign address at New York City’s Four Freedoms Park. Kaye, a faculty member in Democracy and Justice Studies, is quoted on Clinton’s apparent efforts to identify herself as a people’s champion in the spirit of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. See story.
Kaye was also interviewed by the Times of London and syndicated liberal talk-show host Thom Hartmann.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is going heavy on symbolism in choosing New York City’s Four Freedoms Park and Roosevelt Island for Saturday’s “relaunch” of her campaign. Analysts see benefits for HRC in channeling FDR’s reputation for being progressive at home, muscular abroad, concerned about the downtrodden, and a person of wealth and influence nonetheless capable of rallying against inequality. Harvey J. Kaye, UW-Green Bay professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, is quoted several times in a lengthy Jonathan Allen essay at the national political/opinion website Vox. Kaye, a Roosevelt scholar and the author of The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great, said “If anyone is going to try to redeem the memory and legacy of FDR, this is the moment to do it,” and opined that Clinton needs to emulate Roosevelt’s strength in mobilizing public opinion if she is to be successful.