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Alt-Activism is a Duke graduate student initiative to foster dialogue within the Duke and Durham community about local social justice issues.
Alt-Activism seeks to expand the notion of academic career "alternatives" beyond the binary of professoriate/private sector. Rather than imagining alt-ac as a form of advanced vocational training, what if we turn our scholarly research and interests towards renewed civic, community and social justice engagement? Alt-Activism will bring a series of local and regional activists to campus in order to foster dialogue within the Duke and Durham community about social justice issues (especially those pertaining to education, policing, and prisons); promote a commitment to social justice; offer students a venue for learning effective organizing tools and methods; and strengthen relations between Durham and Duke. We will bring four area activists to campus in the 2015/16 year for a series of interactive workshops designed to educate Duke community members about local social justice issues and to give them the tools, skills, and contacts to contribute to these projects in their academic and professional lives.