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January 2013

Public Lecture by Henry A. Giroux at McMaster University

January 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McMaster University,
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L8 Canada

Henry A. Giroux "Youth and the Politics of Disposability in Dark Times" Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:00 p.m. University Club, McMaster University Download a pdf poster here. Lecture: With the rise of market fundamentalism and the ensuing economic and financial meltdown, youth are facing a crisis unlike that of any other generation.  Young people, especially low income and poor minority youth, are no longer seen as a social investment but are increasingly interpreted as a social problem and burden –…

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May 2013

Conference on Social Media: Implications for the University 2013

May 3, 2013 @ 8:30 am - May 5, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
York University,
Toronto , Ontario Canada

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers whose interests in the digital economy are positioned at the intersection of social media and the engaged university. Social media enable social interaction through connectivity on the Internet, and therefore lend themselves to any and all aspects of social communication, including those at the university. Given that social media (Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.) are very popular and ubiquitous, it is advantageous to submit their use in universities to…

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July 2013

MCSPI Summer Institute 2013: The War on Youth

July 15, 2013 @ 8:00 am - July 26, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
McMaster University,
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario Canada
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The 2013 Summer Institute is an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary workshop that invites undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellows or doctoral recipients with an interest in youth-related research to work collaboratively with major researchers and public intellectuals to generate new scholarship and innovative modes of public communication related to the research theme: “The War on Youth.” Please click here for more information and program details. Applications are due April 30, 2013.

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October 2013
Free

NSCAD Presents Marc James Léger

October 9, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - October 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Khyber Building,
Halifax, Canada

Artist, writer, and educator Marc James Léger will be presenting papers entitled "Psychoprotest: Dérives of the Quebec Maple Spring" and "For a Revolutionary Public Sphere" and sitting on a panel on "Art and Activism in the Public Sphere" on October 9th and 10th. For more information see the Art and Activism webpage.    

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Upcoming Lecture by Henry A. Giroux: “Inviting the Public Back into Higher Education”

October 24, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall 111,
McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L9 Canada
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On Thursday, October 24th, 2013 the McMaster Seminar for Higher Education is hosting a lecture by the Centre’s Director, Henry Giroux,on “Inviting the Public Back into Higher Education.” The talk will be held from 7:00-8:30pm in McMaster University’s Council Chambers, located in Gilmour Hall room 111. Admission is free.

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November 2013
Free

Film Screening and Public Lecture by Murray Pomerance

November 21, 2013 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
McMaster University Club Great Hall,
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L9 Canada

The McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest is holding the first event in its 2013-2014 Speakers Series Alternative Futures: Public Intellectuals in Uncertain Times. Taking place onThursday November 21st, 2013 at 3:30pm in the Great Hall of McMaster’s University Club, this event will include both a screening of the film, Zabriskie Point and a short lecture by Murray Pomerance, Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University, entitled ”An Intellectual Filmmaker in Uncertain Times: Antonioni, ’70s America, and Zabriskie Point.” Admission is free and all are welcome. Food and…

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February 2014
Free

Lecture by Michael Hardt: “Multitudes in Revolt, from Tahrir to Taksim”

February 6, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
McMaster University Student Centre Room 319,
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L9 Canada

The McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest presents a talk by Michael Hardt as part of the Alternative Futures: Public Intellectuals in Uncertain Times 2013-2014 Speakers Series. Taking place on Thursday February 6, 2014 at 7:30pm in CIBC Hall at the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) Room 319, Michael Hardt's upcoming lecture "Multitudes in Revolt, from Tahrir to Taksim," will consider how a cycle of struggles characterized by occupations and encampments have spread through different parts of the world in the…

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March 2014
Free

Lecture by Dorothy Roberts: “Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race”

March 12, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University Hall, McMaster University,
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L9 Canada

The McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest and the Bourns Lectureship in Bioethics present a talk by Dorothy Roberts,  George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. The talk, titled "Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race," will take place on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 1:00 - 3:00 pm in Convocation Hall, located on the second floor of University Hall at McMaster University.  Roberts will address how the myth of the biological concept of race…

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October 2014

Conference on Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals 2014

October 16, 2014 @ 8:00 am - October 18, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Mount Allison University,
Sackville, New Brunswick E4L 1G9 Canada

*Proposals due September 30, 2013*

Discourse & Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals

CONFERENCE 16-18 October 2014

Mount Allison University Sackville, New Brunswick

Canadian women have contributed enormously to public discourse, in important but often under-valued ways. Across different generations and cultural communities, women in English Canada and Quebec address key questions that animate intellectual discussion, from concerns about the environment and the economy to issues of social justice, racism, poverty, health and violence. But are their voices valued and heard, or are they subsumed in the general noise of public debate? Why are they not accorded the attention and approbation they merit?

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Free

Dorothy Roberts Lecture: “Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race”

October 23, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CIBC Hall, MUSC 319 McMaster University,
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L9 Canada
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This month, Dorothy Roberts will be at McMaster University to give a lecture titled "Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race."  In this talk, Roberts will examine how the myth of the biological concept of race - revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases - continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly "post-racial" era. Presented by the Bourns Lectureship in Bioethics and the McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest, this talk will take…

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