UNM is joining more than 70 campuses around the country holding teach-ins as a way of building awareness with the Occupy Wall Street movement. UNM's teach-in is Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 9-10, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. each day on the south side of the Student Union Building (inside location will be the Student Union Building).

This is the second time UNM has hosted a teach-in on the issues underlying the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Speakers include New Mexico Senator Tim Keller; faculty from the law, business, and medical school, the dean of Arts & Sciences and faculty from anthropology, peace studies, and sociology; students and Camp Coyote members; as well as community activists.

The focus of the Teach-In is on issues related to the movement.

"There is an important international conversation being generated by the protests which have occurred in 900 cities in 80 countries," says Professor Sarita Cargas, a lecturer in the Peace Studies Program and University Honors. "It is precisely the job of a university to educate the community about the problems being highlighted by Occupy Wall Street."

The purpose of the Teach-In is to explain the evolution of the national movement and Albuquerque's Camp Coyote, explore issues the protesters are raising at the national level including foreclosures, health care, economic rights, how social movements work and corporate ethics and to discuss issues particular to New Mexico including what the economic inequalities mean for UNM, homelessness and environmental damage.


Wednesday, Nov. 9
11:30 a.m. - Introduction

11:45 a.m. - Student Jessica Farrell, "Evolution of the Unoccupy Albuquerque Movement"

12 p.m. - Daniel Schwartz, "Why the Occupy Movement Must Evolve, Transform and Succeed"

12:15 p.m. - Dr. Les Field,  "Global Uprising in the Past and Present"

12:30 p.m. - Senator Tim Keller,  "American Capitalism"

12:45 p.m. - Dr. Jessica Goodkind, "Inequality and Health"

1 p.m. - Dr. Mahmoud Taha (relating Egypt uprising and OWS)

1:15 p.m. - Law Professor Nathalie Martin "What to Do About Regulating Payday Loans and Title Loans"

1:30 p.m. - Dr. Alyosha Goldstein " Liberal Colorblindness and the Long Crisis of Financialization.

1:45 p.m. - Dr. Bruce Trigg "Single Payer Medicare"

Thursday, Nov. 10
11:30 a.m. - Law professor Jenny Moore "Inter-connectedness of economic and civil rights, and the Occupy Wall Street Movement"

11:45 a.m. - Graduate student and Peace Studies Instructor Desi Brown

12 p.m. - Interim Dean Mark Peceny "Greek Debt, Tea Party Politics, and the Future of UNM"

12:15 p.m. - Student Brittany Arneson "Evolution and agenda of unoccupy Albuquerque"

12:30 - 1 p.m. - Business school faculty: Shawn Berman and Harry Van Buren  (Corporate Ethics)

1 p.m. - Community activist lawyer Dave McCoy : "Lockheed Martin Corporation and Sandia Labs- Albuquerque at Risk - What You Can Do"

1:15 p.m. - Camp Coyote participant: Maddie Macwilliams "General Assembly 101: how the daily Occupy Wall Street meetings are run"

1:30 p.m. - Student Erica Estes "History of the Occupy Movement, Nationally and Internationally"

Participant Biographies
Les Field
is professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and director of the Peace Studies Program. His research has focused upon the indigenous identities in Nicaragua, California, Colombia and Ecuador. In his ethnography-based publications he has explored historical relationships between indigenous identities, nation-building, capitalist economies, and local production systems, as these have been shaped by colonial and state forms of domination. His most recent book, Abalone Tales, explores multiple forms of collaborative research with indigenous communities. He is currently working on a project that dissects complex relationships between archaeology, illicit forms of excavation, indigenous communities, and museums in Colombia. In May of 2011, Dr. Field and Alex Lubin, Chair of American Studies at UNM, co-organized and led a field school in Palestine with seventeen undergraduates and graduate students from this university.

Alyosha Goldstein is an associate professor of American Studies at UNM.  He teaches courses on topics such as social movements, globalization, and colonialism and decolonization, and is the author of the forthcoming book "Poverty in Common: The Politics of Community Action during the American Century."

Daniel Schwartz has been teaching in colleges and universities in California, Arizona and New Mexico for more than 35 years. His interests and publications reflect his broad academic background in cultural anthropology, sociology, and public health. He presently teaches Environmental Sociology in the Sociology  Department at the University of New Mexico.  His education began at a community college and continued in California in the 1960s  where he received advanced degrees at the California State University at Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley. A significant part of his education was gained from experiencing  various social movements for peace, justice and environmental protection starting with the movement to end the war in Vietnam in 1964.

Professor Schwartz lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Elaine. His daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons ages 3 and 7 live nearby. He dedicates his work to his grandsons and all the children of the earth so that they may live in health, peace, and safety on a healthy planet with justice for all life.

Jessica Goodkind - Originally from New Mexico, Jessica Goodkind returned in 2005 to join the faculty of the UNM Department of Pediatrics, Division of Prevention and Population Sciences.  She is a community psychologist and her primary interests are community-based participatory research and community-based interventions to promote the mental health and well-being of marginalized populations.  Specifically, her current research focuses on working collaboratively with American Indian communities and with refugees and immigrants who resettle in the United States.

Dave McCoy is an environmental attorney and has been the executive director of Citizen Action New Mexico for the past six years.

Media contact: Sarita Cargas (314) 960-1918; cargas@unm.edu