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Historian and organizer Rich Moser speaks about the new academic labor system on October 30, 2009.


POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-Rich Moser will draw on prior experience as national field representative for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in Washington DC, his current work at Rutgers, and training as an historian and organizer to discuss "The New Academic Labor System, Corporatization, and the Renewal of Academic Citizenship" at Vassar College on Friday, October 30. The program, free and open to the public, will begin at 12:00pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 200. Moser's essay on the subject has been published by the AAUP and reprinted in other labor and professional publications.

Moser was an associate professor of American history at Middle Tennessee State University before joining the AAUP staff in 1998. In particular, he staffed the organization's National Committee on Contingent Faculty and the Profession. He is now senior staff representative for the Rutgers Council of the AAUP-AFT Chapters.

Since the mid-1970s Moser has been an activist and organizer in student movement, peace movement, and labor movement. Moser was originally trained in community organizing and worked with neighborhood associations, tenant unions, and unemployed councils. In the 1980s, he helped found the Student Action Union, a national network of student groups that promoted university democracy, and raised issues regarding the growing corporate influence in academic institutions.

Moser's publications include The New Winter Soldiers: GI and Veteran Dissent During the Vietnam Era (1996), which examines the figure of citizen-soldier and how the model of the citizen was transformed by the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement. He also co-edited The World the Sixties Made: Politics and Culture in Recent America (2003) with Van Gosse. He earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1992.

The presentation is sponsored by several departments and offices at Vassar, including: the American Culture and Africana Studies programs; the departments of Earth Science and Geography, Economics, English, French and Francophone Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, and Religion; by members of the Art and History departments; as well as by the Office of the Dean of Faculty.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available online.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, October 15, 2009