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Lawrence S. Wittner
Solidarity Press
Publication Date: 
May, 2013
Number of Pages: 
243 pages
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What’s Going On at UAardvark? is a fast-paced political satire about how an increasingly corporatized, modern American university becomes the site of a rambunctious rebellion that turns the nation’s campus life upside down.

"Humorous, insightful. . . .  In this farcical novel, Wittner . . . shows what can happen when school administrators begin invoking business models. . . .  A well-paced university novel, certain to provide academics with many knowing chuckles." (Full review: What's Going On at UAardvark?)

--Kirkus Reviews

"What’s Going On at UAardvark? offers a satiric look at the contemporary university, full of humorous caricatures, as it tries to offer hope to discouraged progressives."

--The Satirist

"What’s Going On at UAardvark?is a must for anyone attending or teaching college."

--New Politics

"Administrative malfeasance, corporate greed, and faculty passivity spin out of control at UAardvark. . . . The bad guys are mercilessly lampooned."

--LA Progressive

"Through his skillful weaving of the seemingly absurd with the probable, Wittner concocts  a telling indictment of what is happening to public higher education."

--Dissident Voice

"There might not be an antidote for the corporate takeover of everything that either moves or stands still in America. [But] What’s Going On at UAardvark? makes a stab at it."

--Solidarity Notes

"What’s Going On at UAardvark?is a raucous romp of a novel that stands authority on its head and teaches the mechanics of a modern-day uprising.  It's a funny amd irreverent critique. . . .  You may just laugh out loud."

--Industrial Worker

Profile of Lawrence S. Wittner

Lawrence S. Wittner is an award-winning American historian, writer, and activist for peace and social justice.

He attended Columbia College, the University of Wisconsin, and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in History.  Thereafter, he taught at Hampton Institute, at Vassar College, and—under the Fulbright program—at Japanese universities. In 1974, he began teaching at the State University of New York/Albany, where he rose to the rank of Professor of History before his retirement in 2010.

Professor Wittner is the author or editor of thirteen books and the writer of over 250 published articles and book reviews, mostly on issues of peace, war, and international relations. He is also a former editor of Peace & Change, a journal of peace research. His scholarship was honored with prizes from the Peace History Society and from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.  In addition, he has received the New York State/United University Professions Excellence Award for scholarship, teaching, and service and the Peace History Society's Lifetime Achievement Award.

A sought-after speaker, Professor Wittner has given lectures in seventeen nations.  This includes talks at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, at the United Nations, and on dozens of college and university campuses. In addition, he is interviewed occasionally on radio and television programs.  He also has written numerous Op-Ed pieces that have appeared in newspapers and on-line publications. 

For over a half century, Professor Wittner has participated in the racial equality, labor, and peace movements. He was an early civil rights and anti-apartheid activist and has served for decades as an elected leader of United University Professions (the SUNY faculty-professional staff union affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers). Numerous organizations have presented awards to him for his activism. Currently, he is a national board member of Peace Action and the executive secretary of the Albany County Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. On occasion, he performs vocally and on the banjo with the Solidarity Singers.

Recent Articles on the Web by Lawrence Wittner

Nationalist Illusions

September 16, 2014

After thousands of years of bloody wars among contending tribes, regions, and nations, is it finally possible to dispense with the chauvinist ideas of the past?  To judge by President Barack Obama's recent rhetoric and Middle East policy, it is not.

Global Problems Call for Global Solutions

August 26, 2014

An array of global problems -- including not only the aggressive use of military force, but climate change, disease, and poverty -- cry out for global solutions.  But we are not likely to see these solutions in a world of international anarchy, in which the "national interest" continues to trump the human interest.

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