Dallas Smythe Award Keynote Lecture Fighting from the Margins: Neoliberalism, Imperialism, and the Struggle to Democratize the University

Deepa Kumar


The following is a slightly modified transcript of Deepa Kumar’s keynote lecture at the Union for Democratic Communications 2016 Conference, “Troubled Waters,” September 29-October 1 2016, in Detroit. Kumar, Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University, is the recipient of the 2016 Dallas Smythe Award, awarded by the Union for Democratic Communications to an outstanding and influential scholar working in the critical political economic tradition of Dallas Smythe. In this talk, Kumar discusses the prospects and pitfalls for critical left-intellectuals today and the necessity of carrying on the struggle to democratize the university.


University; Democratization; Activism; Neoliberalism; Imperialism

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