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In Solidarity with J Peters

In Solidarity with J Peters

Known as University on Watch day, February 28th, honors the legacy of J. Peters in academe. In 2008, J. Peters put New London University “on watch”, forever altering the English language and the Humanities in Higher Education. Mr. Peters wanted nothing more than to move on to higher learning. Instead, Mr Peters was ostracized and humiliated by his department at New London University. Arrested, and chained to a pole in the university barracks, Mr. Peters proved that his will to persist in his education would reveal and expose the fear surrounding his mission: Contesting Admission.

Email from the Provost to J Peters

Contesting Admission was Mr. Peters original manuscript. This paper was his vision, dream and his belief that anyone’s will to rise above the powers that be can halt injustice in its tracks and create a new culture and ethos at the very level language. Contesting the admission decision which denied Mr. Peters admittance to graduate school in English, he continued to move forward, putting language itself on notice of his intent to continue learning.

The manuscript

Mr. Peters will to fight on until the end is what we honor on February 28th. Risking everything for what he believed was right and pure in academe is the cardinal virtue and hallmark of University on Watch day. Feb 28th is a day that reifies the very meaning of unremitting and persistence. Inscribing justice back into scholarship and the very heart of the Academy. On Feb 28th we stand in solidarity with J Peters, and anyone who has ever challenged the very apex of power with nothing more than good nature, the labor of love, good will and belief in the possibilities of the unknown. Together, we reveal Mr. Peters great unknown, as something very familiar, and real: hope in the future.

The arrest notice

J. Peters

J. Peters

Max Guttman '08, MSW '12, is the owner of Recovery Now, a private mental health practice. Through his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, therapist and disability rights advocate, Max fights for those without a voice in various New York City care systems. He received a 2020 Bearcats of the Last Decade 10 Under 10 award from the Binghamton University Alumni Association. Guttman treats clients with anxiety and depression, but specializes in issues related to psychosis or schizoaffective spectrum disorders. He frequently writes on his lived experiences with schizophrenia. "I knew my illness was so complex that I’d need a professional understanding of its treatment to gain any real momentum in recovery," Guttman says. "After undergraduate school and the onset of my illness, I evaluated different graduate programs that could serve as a career and mechanism to guide and direct my self-care. After experiencing the helping hand of my social worker and therapist right after my 'break,' I chose social work education because of its robust skill set and foundation of knowledge I needed to heal and help others." "In a world of increasing tragedy, we should help people learn from our lived experiences. My experience brings humility, authenticity and candidness to my practice. People genuinely appreciate candidness when it comes to their health and recovery. Humility provides space for mistakes and appraisal of progress. I thank my lived experience for contributing to a more egalitarian therapeutic experience for my clients."
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