Book Talk – Academic Repression

Academic Repression in the U.S. & How We Can Fight It

Thursday – Sept 29, 7PM
MayDay Books
301 Cedar Avenue Minneapolis, MN

“This courageous and chilling book reminds us that the Academy is always a context for intellectual exchange and political struggle. Don’t miss it!”

Cornel West, Princeton University


The extreme repressive attacks on Smith, Pellow, Finklstein, Fontan, Best, Massad, the “Dirty Thirty,” and many others represented in this book demonstrate the repressive logic of “US democracy,” whereby political elites, the mass media, and the education system establish and police the parameters of acceptable discourse. While there has been much research on political repression carried out by the Bush administration, FBI, and various law enforcement agencies, there has been little discussion on political repression in academia and how the shockwaves of 9/11 have reverberated throughout academia.


  • Anthony J. Nocella II is a Visiting Professor in the School of Education at Hamline University and a leading scholar in anarchist studies and editor of “Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex (2010).
  • David Pellow is the Don Martindale Endowed Chair in Sociology at University of Minnesota and a leading scholar in the field of environmental justice.
  • Kimberly Socha is a Assistant Professor in English at Normandale Community College and a leading scholar in critical animal studies.