Lawrence S. Wittner
Solidarity Press
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May, 2013
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.


“Lawrence Wittner has channeled the spirits of Kurt Vonnegut, Charlie Chaplin, Woody Allen, Jon Stewart, the Serb kids who overthrew Milosevic, and at least two of the Three Stooges into this delightfully dystopic, comic novel. If you enjoy the bursting of pretensions and political pratfalls, you’ll love this story.”

―Professor Tom Hastings, Portland State University, and former President, Peace & Justice Studies Association

“Observers of academic life will recognize key aspects of the contemporary U.S. university scene in this dystopian send-up. . . . The uproarious revolt that occurs against this new university model will inspire wishful thinking among many of us.”

―Professor Sandi Cooper, President, Faculty Senate, City University of New York

"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."

--Kirkus Reviews

"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

Review of Robert K. Musil's "Rachel Carson and Her Sisters"

April 16, 2014

This new book about leading women environmentalists over the course of American history is richly detailed and documented, providing a ground-breaking account of undaunted activists, determined to prevent environmental catastrophe.

Your Doctors Are Worried

April 13, 2014

Your doctors are worried about your health--in fact, about your very survival. No, they're not necessarily your own personal physicians, but, rather medical doctors around the world, represented by such groups as International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and the World Health Organization. They are warning you about a looming nuclear catastrophe as nations, embroiled in war, continue to brandish over 17,000 nuclear weapons. Are you ready to change the destructive behavior of your national leaders?

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