I’ve often said that the most common question a historian of student activism gets asked is “why isn’t there any activism on American campuses today?” (I even took a few pages in my dissertation to explain why it’s such a wrongheaded query.) But recently another question has been gaining ground:
“What are the big issues that students are organizing around today?”
The last couple of years have seen a real boom in campus organizing on the local, state, and national level. Much of this work has been a response on the current financial crisis in higher education, but a long list of other concerns have motivated student organizers as well. And as students (and others) begin to gain a sense that this is a major moment for American student activism, student activism has flourished even more.
There’s a lot going on.
So over the next few weeks I’ll be posting a list of the top dozen student activism stories of the new academic year. Some are national, some are campus-specific. Some are ongoing, some are short-term.