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Can Graduate Student Teaching Survive?

If graduate students don't want to find themselves replaced by video lectures delivered by “information curators,” collective action will be essential.

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Discovering and cultivating this kind of confidence and self-respect is not only the stuff of good scholarship. It is also the only way to develop our potential agency, and to exercise it. With our unwitting consent, the shape of an academy with no place for us is now coming into view. The shape of the one we might make ourselves remains open.

Gabriel Winant is a Ph.D. student in history at Yale University and a member of the steering committee of the Graduate Employees and Students Organization.