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Pittsburgh's Flair for Protest II: An Oral History Interview with G20 Research and Activist and University of Pittsburgh Sociology Student Brittany Duncan

Carter Olson, Candi and Duncan, Brittany Pittsburgh's Flair for Protest II: An Oral History Interview with G20 Research and Activist and University of Pittsburgh Sociology Student Brittany Duncan. [Audio]

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On September 25, 2009, the G20 leaders convened in Pittsburgh for a one-day summit that included an additional day of ceremonial activities based around the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University campuses. This gathering allowed the students of both campuses to see many of the G20 leaders speak, and it also allowed the students to both view and participate in grassroots social activism throughout the city. While there were riots on the University of Pittsburgh campus that directly affected the undergraduate student body, this archive focuses specifically on the experiences of four women graduate students who participated in both the permitted and the unpermitted marches throughout the rest of the city in dual roles as scholars and activists. The diversity of their experiences reveals how difficult it is for academics to integrate community involvement with their own academic research and still maintain credibility in both realms. Also, because each of the women has been involved in other organized social protests in the past, their reflections on how the Pittsburgh protests compare to other global protests against organizations like the G20 adds perspective to the ways that the police and the protestors interacted in a small, local city as opposed to a large, metropolitan center, like Seattle or London. Brittany Duncan, a first-year Ph.D. student in the University of Pittsburgh Sociology Department, participated in the Pittsburgh G20 protests on two levels. First, she was there to do surveys of the protestors for a professor’s sociological study. Second, she was there to be an activist and reflect on the uses and purposes for protest. In her oral history, Duncan reflects on the difficulties and opportunities for scholar/activists, media coverage of the G20 rallies, and the effectiveness of direct-action protest. This oral history interview was conducted by Candi Carter Olson, University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Ph.D. graduate student. Index to the oral history interview: Beginning: Introduction to Brittany Duncan; also an overview of her involvement in the G-20 protests 8:30: On the unpermitted “anarchists” protest on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 14:30: On the use of sound cannons and police force during the unpermitted rally 19:50: On how the public responded to the police force during the G-20 protests 30:00: On how the unpermitted rallies compared with other rallies Duncan had been involved in and her own feelings about the G-20 and its policy-making function 36:20: On whether public protests are important and/or effective 42:20: On the permitted rally that drew an estimated 2,000 to 8,000 protestors on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 48:50: On collegiality among the many protestors at the G-20; also on the police officers and their interactions with the protestors 57:30: On media coverage of the protests 1:03: On why people should care about events like the G-20 protests


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Carter Olson, Candi
Duncan, Brittanybjd42@pitt.eduBJD42
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
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Additional Information: All narrators in this series of G20 interviews have given me, Candi Carter Olson, full copyright.
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2009 20:03
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:11


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