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Columbia University to offer ‘Occupy Wall Street’ course

By Andrew Jones
Monday, January 2, 2012 10:58 EDT
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Add becoming an Ivy League college course to the list of accomplishments for the “Occupy Wall Street” protests.

According to The New York Post, Columbia University’s anthropology department will offer a full credit course about the national and global demonstrations next semester, titled “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.”

The course will be taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, who said that she has been heavily involved in the movement, including camping out at Zuccotti Park. Appel expressed her support for the “Occupy” protests on her blog.

“It is important to push back against the rhetoric of ‘disorganization’ or ‘a movement without a message’ coming from left, right and center,” she wrote.

Appel told the Post that she would be as impartial as possible despite her close ties to the protests.

“Inevitably, my experience will color the way I teach,” she said. “But I feel equipped to teach objectively. It’s best to be critical of the things we hold most sacred.”

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
 
 
 
 
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