Kurt Vonnegut is well-known as a satirist, often critiquing, or at the very least complicating, American ideological assumptions and governmental policies and procedures. His work often challenges traditional notions of history and identity. At times, his commentaries are explicit, and at others, they are implied or metaphorical. What might the writer have to say about the current social, political, and economic situation(s) we are in? How can his work provide insight into current ideological assumptions being made? What would it look like for Vonnegut to “Make America Great”?
II. University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable)
This roundtable explores graduate student labor concerns, especially in light of recent and widespread labor struggles and unionization movements on campuses. How can full-time faculty respond to the exploitative conditions? In what ways can underpaid adjuncts and graduate student workers effectively talk back to institutional power? How can they use their training in rhetorical strategies to create conversations around their issues? What would this mean for the future of academia? How can we come together to foster structural change and demystify the corporatization of the university?
Nicole will also be presenting at the 4Cs in Pittsburgh, March 19, 2019, in a session entitled The Performance–Rhetoric of Campus Activism.
Bio: Nicole Lowman is a PhD student in the English department at State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Co-Vice President of the Kurt Vonnegut Society and serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Modern Language Association and is the President of NeMLA’s Graduate Student Caucus.
In April 2017, she gave a talk on Derrida’s Given Time and Butler’s Giving an Account of Oneself at the CLUE+ Research Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has given four presentations on Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions at the American Literature Association Conference, which can be found on the KVS website, and has also presented work on Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club at the Popular Culture Association national conference and NeMLA.