Why Go To COCAL XI? The Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor Conference

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Joe Berry has distributed this message to his extensive contact list and has asked that it be disseminated more widely.

Having spent many hours talking to folks about coming to the COCAL conference [www.cocalinternational.org], both this upcoming one in New York City August 4-6, 2014, and previous ones, I am moved to list the most common reasons that seem to resonate best with people. It helps that they are all true as well. We are not trying to sell something for profit here and since COCAL is not a very structured organization, we are certainly not into political empire-building. So here goes. Use this list as you see fit, but mainly circulate it widely, with my email joeberry@igc.orgon it and add your own if possible.

1. This is the only national grassroots, up-from-the-bottom, gathering of contingent/adjunct/precarious higher ed faculty in the US (and now including folks from…

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