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Whose University is it?

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MBS and MIT President Rafael Reif

MIT and Harvard rolling out the red carpet for the Saudi Crown Prince in March, 2018 was no fluke: it is symptomatic of the lack of democracy on campuses across the US. Increasingly, university administrators act in our name, but without our involvement.

The renewed scrutiny of Saudi partnerships is an opportunity to fight to make universities democratic and accountable to their communities. Universities’ official response to community grievances has been inadequate. Our event is an attempt to sketch what a responsible community response would look like.

Using the Saudi partnerships with Boston schools as a model, we will attempt to:

  1. Reckon with the harms that result from universities’ secretive partnerships,

  2. Demand that universities disclose all their partnerships and their terms,

  3. Try to repair what is broken by discussing alternative, democratic ways to run university affairs.

The event will begin with short vignettes from scholars, students, activists from around the Boston area, including: Harvard, MIT, BU, BC, Northeastern, Suffolk, UMass, Tufts, Brandeis, as well as Cambridge City Council and Massachusetts Peace Action.

This will be followed by a town hall-style session, where everyone is invited to share their thoughts. Afterwards, pizza will be served and there will be time for informal discussion.

Please join us in this effort to imagine a university that’s for the people – not for corporations, foreign governments, or the military.

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February 27
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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