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This essay explores the relation of critical ethnic studies to the neoliberal corporate university. It argues that the corporate university participates in neoliberalism’s effort to enclose or accumulate the common means to life, of which education is one instance. Critique disassociated from the social movements that have always challenged the racial and class segregation of the university functions only to pacify the scholar in the name of impartiality and objectivity. A critical ethnic studies true to its roots in the struggles of the 1960s can maintain an institutional space only insofar as it affirms its transformative, political role in relation to the communities within and beyond the university whose marginalization, exploitation, and segregation it seeks to redress. This would entail a timely generalization of the Palestinian movement Right to Education into a fundamental task.

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