occupy wall street

‘When Protest Makes Policy’ by S. Laurel Weldon wins the Victoria Schuck Award

by Phillip Witteveen September 19, 2012

Political theorist S. Laurel Weldon’s When Protest Makes Policy: How Social Movements Represent Disadvantaged Groups is the winner of the 2012 Victoria Schuck Award for best contribution to women and politics. A major annual award from the American Political Science Association, the prize was instituted to honor Schuck’s mentorship and service  to women as a political scientist and professor. When Protest Makes Policy is a case study into social conflict in democracy, and its role as a form of representation for disadvantaged groups. The book’s themes became especially relevant shortly after publication with the advent of the Arab Spring and Occupy […]

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Hair That Touches Heaven

by Shaun Manning January 17, 2012

University of Michigan Press author Bill Talen presented his unique brand of evangelism last week at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC. Previewing the event, where Talen discussed his Reverend Billy persona and recent book, The Reverend Billy Project: From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall with the Church of Life After Shopping, the Washington Post’s free daily Express looked at Talen’s history as a performer. “Reverend Billy has hair so high it practically touches heaven,” the Express article begins. “He wears a white suit and a collar that marks him as a man of God.” But the sins Reverend Billy […]

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S. Laurel Weldon Speaks with Time Magazine on Occupy Wall Street

by Shaun Manning November 16, 2011

As Occupy Wall Street nears the end of its second month and the future of encampments across the country becomes an increasingly pressing question, Time magazine spoke with When Protest Makes Policy author S. Laurel Weldon for her perspective on what has become an international movement. In the article, Weldon suggested that the two most likely outcomes for any large protest movement are victory or a gradual fading. “Protests are successful when they generate attention or influence the political agenda,” Weldon says as the movement has already spread across over 70 U.S. cities. “Occupy Wall Street protesters want attention to […]

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