The University Is Unsustainable

University of California Santa Cruz
University of California Santa Cruz

On June 2nd, the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) class at UC Santa Cruz hosted an evening entitled "The University is Unsustainable: militarism, nuclearism, corporatism and the UC." Student researchers Jono and Leah presented on UCSC's Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) while UCSC alumni Will Parrish and Darwin BondGraham focused on the University of California from 1868 to 2008, from the genocide of Indigenous Nations, the Spanish American War and the Manhattan Project, through to the present: a time of renewed nuclear-militarism and increasing corporatization and privatization of the University.

The full presentations by Jono, Leah, Will and Darwin are published below in audio (mp3) format:

From the announcement:

The University is Unsustainable: militarism, nuclearism, corporatism and the UC

Most think of the University of California as a benevolent institution from which emerge many positive ideas and technologies. But the UC's most significant contribution to the world has been in the form of increasingly sophisticated and destructive nuclear weapons.

The UC's superior work in nuclear weaponry is only the most blatant program of a university that has hired itself out to the US empire's dominant social, political, and economic institutions for nearly 140 years. Whether it is creating increasingly destructive war technologies, developing modern forms of monocrop and GMO agriculture, or producing ideologies that justify conquest and torture, the UC has collaborated with the world's premier corporate and military interests since its inception.

UCSC Campus
UCSC Campus

But there is another, starkly contrasting side of the UC. That is the role of its students, faculty, and staff in bringing to life new and renewed movements for justice and ecological balance. At a time of merging ecological crises, wars, xenophobia and racial injustice, and increasing corporate domination over all life, that proactive spirit of resistance and renewal is urgently needed.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/06/01/18503439.php

Jono Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008
Jono
Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008 8:49 PM

Leah Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008
Leah
Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008 8:49 PM
UC and the Bomb Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008 8:49 PM
UC and the Bomb
Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008 8:49 PM

Will Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008
Will
Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008 8:49 PM

Darwin Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008
Darwin
Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008 8:49 PM

This article was first published at Indymedia.

One thought on “The University Is Unsustainable”

  1. The nuclear weapons labs, such as Livermore and Los Alamos, are certainly a problem. Ironically enough, they also represent an important piece of the solution, due to their expertise in the field of nuclear fusion. Fusion explosions can, nay must be converted from a weapons technology into a safe, clean source of energy. The NIF is a poor imitation of such a project. Laser fusion, for 50 years, has always been a weapons program, not an energy program. We can do much, much better, but it probably won’t happen until we demand that this crucial resource be freed from a “weapons first” policy, under which it has always been sequestered.

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