In his talk at Oregon State University on February 24th, 2014, Nathan Schneider – author of Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, based on his reporting for Harper’s, The Nation, and other publications – discussed the origins and development of Occupy Wall Street, a social movement that remains as significant as it is misunderstood.
He also explored the movement’s strategy and spirit, including its little-recognized religious dimensions, both explicit and implicit. He also shed some excellent light on why Occupy chose to not issue broad demands and what the ‘on-the-ground’ concerns were.
Nathan Schneider has written about religion and resistance for publications including Harper’s, The Nation, the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and elsewhere. He is an editor of the online literary magazine Killing the Buddha and Waging Nonviolence, a daily source for people-powered news and analysis from around the world. He is the author of “God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet” (http://www.therowboat.com/books/god-in-proof/) and “Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse” (http://www.therowboat.com/books/thank-you-anarchy/), both published by University of California Press in 2013.
This event was sponsored by the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures, the Hundere Endowment for Religion and Culture, and the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University.