Commentary

NYU To Offer Class On Occupy Wall Street

By Julia Seymour | December 9, 2011 | 12:50pm EST

New York University will offer a class next semester on Occupy Wall Street (possibly two). Perhaps it's an attempt to keep their students in class making use of their students loans, rather than camped out in Zuccotti Park and other parks complaining about them.

According to the free student newspaper of NYU: Washington Square News (WSN), the university's "Department of Social and Cultural Analysis" will offer a class about the "history and politics of debt and take a deeper look at the economic crisis the movement is protesting."

NYU confirmed with the Business & Media Institute (BMI) that the undergraduate course: "Cultures and Economies: Occupy Wall Street" will be available next semester and taught by Professor Lisa Duggan.

Ironically, you would need to be in OWS’s hated “1 percent” to pay the tuition bill at NYU, which was ranked 2nd on the 2011-2012 list of America's most expensive colleges from CampusGrotto.  The College Board lists per credit hour tuition at $1,159 at NYU.

Instead of attacking the banks willing to lend to them, perhaps, they should look into institutions with lower tuition.

Another irony is that some OWS protesters are actually encouraging behavior you’d think NYU would be against, such as:

Some NYU students and professors even participated in that walk out day according to Huffington Post.

NYU's Duggan praised the OWS movement in her interview with WSN saying, "Occupy Wall Street has done us all the service of illuminating [the fact] that the economy operates within the framework of political, social and cultural conflicts, and not outside them."

Duggan's bio lists her areas of research and interest as: "Modern U.S. cultural, social, and political history; history of gender and sexuality; lesbian and gay studies." She also writes for the left-wing publication The Nation (which gets funding from the left's big donor: George Soros).

According to that same WSN story, there will be a graduate-level class also offered on the topic of OWS. NYU was unable to confirm that when BMI contacted the school on Dec. 9.

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