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Why Didn’t We Occupy Harvard?

Today’s Ivy League student thrives in the embrace of an institution

(from The Harvard Crimson, 02/13/12)

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(Video) Bread & Puppet Theater visits #OccupyHarvard - 1/25/12 »

 We invited Bread & Puppet for three performances of Occupy Calisthenics around the Harvard Yard. They performed three acts of street theatre; starting in front of the alleged John Harvard, moving onto Harvard Square, and ending in front of the Science Center, marching with the band from one act to the other.

The Bread and Puppet Theater (often known simply as Bread & Puppet) is a politically radical puppet theater, active since the 1960s, currently based in Glover, Vermont.

Occupy Harvard started 9th of November, 2011 and will continue to stand against the system of inequality harbored and perpetuated by the university.

Visit us at: www.occupyharvard.net

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A letter to my colleagues regarding the Occupy Harvard occupation of Lamont Library


Hello all,

I stopped by the Lamont Cafe yesterday to attend the “What is a Library? What is the Future of Libraries?” discussion sponsored by the students who have “occupied” the space. It was overall a really positive experience for me, and I’d encourage you to stop in and engage with the students if you have a chance.

You may perhaps feel ambivalent about the technique of “occupying” in this situation or you may (like me) find that you do not completely agree with some of the positions the group has taken. Don’t let that stop you from going. The people I met were really interested in engaging with libraries and library staff to further scholarship.

The way I see it is that some of our patrons have put together a week of informal focus groups … we should be paying attention. This is an opportunity for us to hear direct input from our patrons, establish new relationships, and imagine some creative ways that we can address their scholarly needs. It also seems to have brought together scholars from a range of disciplines. One of the things many of us want libraries to be is a meeting ground where scientists, humanists, and social scientists can encounter one another and cross-pollinate ideas. This is a concrete attempt at that.

The students have tried to create a space for collaboration and discussion in the Cafe, and have even started offering services like writing workshops. These are examples of exactly the kind of things we should want to see in our library spaces.

Please go visit if you have the chance. This doesn’t need to be simply a reaction to anxiety about the transition, it is also an opportunity to engage with and help create a successful transition.


Joshua Parker
Countway Library of Medicine

 “Letter from a Librarian” at Occupy Harvard

RELEASE: Occupy Harvard’s Next Phase

16 December 2011

Contact: Jeff Bridges, Fenna Krienen
(617) 701-6224

Occupation of Yard to Continue While Broadening Movement’s Focus

Cambridge, MA — On Monday, Occupy Harvard will launch the next phase of its occupation, with a focus on moving beyond mere physical occupation to occupying the hearts and minds of those beyond the university’s walls.

“Occupy Harvard 2.0 will focus on education, activism, and strengthening the connections between Harvard’s Occupy outpost and the world outside our university’s gates,” said Maggie Gram, a doctoral student in English. “It is our hope that with this action, Harvard administration will respond by returning access to the Yard to the larger community it belongs to.”

In moving to this next phase, Occupy Harvard will consolidate the footprint of its original encampment to a winterized geodesic dome—provided by Occupy supporters at MIT—serving as a hub of activity and growth for the movement.

“Our second phase will consolidate the footprint of our original encampment while broadening our movement’s energy, spirit, and base,” Gram continued. “We feel that Occupy Harvard has achieved what it set out to achieve with the original encampment by occupying the attention of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The Harvard community is focused on issues of social justice in an entirely new way, and we hope to encourage that conversation even more with Occupy 2.0.”

In existence for just over a month, Occupy Harvard counts among its successes the negotiation of a better contract for custodial workers, increased attention on the social impact of the university’s multi-billion dollar endowment, and a teach-in where hundreds of participants heard faculty lectures on the economic, historical, and legal implications of the Occupy movement. With this next phase, Occupiers say they’re more committed than ever to making their movement impossible to ignore.

“Our visceral disruption of business as usual on campus would not have been possible without the physical presence of our encampment,” Gram concluded. “Our challenge now will be to find new ways to turn Harvard’s attention — and the world’s — to the transformative questions the Occupy movement asks.”

This Is Why We Occupy

From The Harvard Crimson, 11/22/2011.

Open Letter to President Faust

From The Harvard Crimson, 11/28/2011.

Occupy Vision Statement


#OWS gets real. The #Occupy Vision Statement. Beautiful. 

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And I think to myself, what a wonderful world…


And I think to myself, what a wonderful world…

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