Margot Weiss, assistant professor of American studies, assistant professor of anthropology, and Naomi Greyser at the University of Iowa organized a symposium on Academia and Activism Feb. 11 in Russell House.
The event brought together nine interdisciplinary scholars for two open roundtable discussions on the possibilities and difficulties of bridging academic and activist work. Panelists on the two roundtables reflected on a series of questions: “What are the intersections and gaps between activist and academic work? How is activist labor intellectual and when is intellectual labor activist? How might we historicize dichotomies of theory and practice, ‘ivory tower’ and ‘real world?’ “