College of Law

ClassCrits VIII

ClassCrits VIIIEmerging Coalitions: Challenging the Structures of Inequality

October 23–24, 2015

The University of Tennessee College of Law is proud to host ClassCrits VIII. This year’s conference takes its inspiration from new alliances that have emerged on the progressive left, sparked in part by the shooting deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and other young black men by police officers across the country. In one example of these emerging coalitions, retail and fast food workers recently engaged in the “Fight for $15/Lucha Por $15” march wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts, chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” The conference will focus on the efforts of various community groups, students, academics, workers, and churches to combat injustice and inequality by forging connections across shared interests and forging robust coalitional praxes.

Schedule of events.


Early Bird Registration (by 9/15/15): $99

Registration after September 15, 2015: $120

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Reserve a room at the Knoxville Hilton, the conference hotel. The conference rate is $88 per night. Reserve online or by calling 865-523-2300.