FUC is a weekly online series that hosts conversations around labor, labor movements, de-commodified knowledge, and the future of the university and higher education. It is facilitated by rent-burdened graduate students at the University of California in solidarity with the COLA movement.

Links to access our talks on Zoom are sent weekly to our mailing list subscribers. You may also register for individual events in our calendar below. 

FUC 020

"The Three Streams of Black Power and Commitments of Black Studies"

Stephen M. Ward
Associate Professor in the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies and the Residential College, University of Michigan

Thursday, December 10, 2020

FUC 019

"The Deceptions of Administrative Power and Racial Capitalism"

Jodi Melamed
Associate professor of English and Africana Studies, Marquette University

Thursday, November 19, 2020

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"Beyond Work: Black and Indigenous Feminist Critiques of Work-as-Being"

Tiffany Lethabo King
Associate Professor, African-American Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University

Thursday, November 12, 2020


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"Abolition Philosophy"
Alberto Toscano
Reader in Critical Theory and Co-director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, University of London

Thursday, October 29, 2020


FUC 016

"International Students and the U.S. University: A Conversation"

Abigail Boggs
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University

Thursday, October 15, 2020


"Wildcats, Boycotts, & Academic Capital"

Friday, August 7, 2020


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"The Algorithm of Anti-Racism"

Joy James
Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities, Williams College

Thursday, July 30, 2020


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"Human Capital Stock"

Malcolm Harris
Critic and author of Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials

Friday, July 24, 2020


FUC 013

"The Power of the Public University: From the Black Panther Party to Bargaining for the Common Good"

Donna Murch
Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University

Thursday, July 16, 2020


FUC 012

"the university: last words"

Stefano Harney &
Fred Moten

Thursday, July 9, 2020


the university: last words

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"Reparations in Higher Education"

Davarian L. Baldwin
Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Trinity College

Adom Getachew
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago
Thursday, July 2, 2020


FUC 010

"Revolution and Disenchantment"

Fadi A. Bardawil
Assistant Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

FUC 009


Frank B. Wilderson III
Professor of African American Studies and the Culture & Theory PhD Program, University of California, Irvine

Thursday, June 11, 2020


FUC 008

"Work Won't Love You Back: On the Broken Promises of Intellectual Labor"

Sarah Jaffe
Journalist and author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

Thursday, June 4, 2020


FUC 007

"Feminism Against Family"

Sophie Lewis
Theorist, critic, translator, and author of Full Surrogacy Now

Thursday, May 28, 2020


FUC 006

"The Agony of the PMC: Prestige Hoarding, Breaking Budgets, and  Infrastructural Change"

Catherine Liu
Professor of Film & Media Studies, University of California, Irvine

Thursday, May 21, 2020


FUC 005

"Hidden Abodes & Inner Bonds: Literary Study and Marxist-Feminism"

Amy De'Ath
Lecturer, Contemporary Literature & Culture, King’s College London

Thursday, May 14, 2020


FUC 004

"COLA, COVID, Social Reproduction"

Tithi Bhattacharya
Professor, South Asian History & Director of Global Studies, Purdue University

Friday, May 8, 2020


FUC 003

"General Strike: Theory & Practice" 

Joshua Clover
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis

Thursday, April 30, 2020


FUC 002

"What is the Future of Literary Publishing … and Why?"

Sarah Brouillette
Professor, English, Carleton University

Thursday, April 23, 2020

FUC 001

"Tipwork, Gigwork, Automation"

Annie McClanahan
Associate Professor, English, University of California, Irvine

Thursday, April 16, 2020


This series emerged out of a desire to re-establish and build vital bonds of solidarity across our international community, following the closure of our university campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Central to our mission is the promotion of the COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) movement at the University of California.  Since September 2019, organizers across the UC have been calling for a COLA for every graduate student — regardless of residence, visa, documentation, employment or funding status — to bring us out of rent burden, without raising tuition or campus fees, and with a guarantee of non-retaliation.

Here are some of the ways in which you can support UC graduate student workers — please circulate widely!


▶ Strike Fund for UCSC Wildcats
▶ Support fund for UCI4COLA Mutual Aid Network and Campaign
▶ Support fund for Carlos Cruz


▶ Rank and File Action (RAFA) Platform
▶ COLA Campaign Timeline
▶ COLA Campaign Daily Sheets
Call for a UC Boycott
▶ UC FTP Political Education Zine
▶ Undocu Collective's Demands
▶ UCI International Student Statement in Response to New ICE Guidelines
▶ UC Police Expenditures


Petition calling for the racist disciplinary actions against COLA organizer Carlos Cruz to be rescinded.
Petition demanding accountability for the 2/20/2020 police brutality incident at UC Irvine.
Petition demanding the release of body camera footage from he 2/20/2020 police brutality incident at UC Irvine.


▶ Rank and File Action (RAFA) | Website
▶ UC Berkeley | Website | Twitter | Instagram
▶ UC Davis | Website | Twitter | Instagram 
▶ UC Irvine | Website | Twitter | Instagram
▶ UC Los Angeles | Website | Twitter | Instagram
▶ UC Merced | Twitter
▶ UC Riverside | Twitter | Instagram
▶ UC San Diego | Website | Twitter | Instagram 
▶ UC Santa Barbara | Website | Twitter | Instagram
▶ UC Santa Cruz  | Website | Twitter | Instagram
▶ UC San Francisco | Twitter
▶ Strike University | Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
▶ UC FTP Cops off Campus Coalition | Website

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