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The Occupy Movement Explained

Featured student Nicholas Smaligo

Nicholas Smaligo

Doctoral candidate in philosophy Nicholas Smaligo has pulled off a rather neat trick, publishing his first book prior to completing his dissertation. The book, The Occupy Movement Explained: From corporate control to democracy, appears as volume 13 of Open Court Publishing’s popular “Ideas Explained” series.

Nick was invited by Open Court to reflect on his involvement as an active participant of the Occupy movement in the Midwest, a movement which has been credited with thrusting inequality to the fore of national debate and creating a transformative political culture.

His particular path in philosophy continues to be distinguished by his engagement in activism while pursuing his Ph.D., and his current work looks at what he describes as the neutralization of important social and political resistance movements.

Read an interview with Nick here.