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“Dissociated Consciousness[es]”: The Rising Voice of the Administrator and the Falling Voice of the Academic in the Winter 2015 Labour Disruption at the University of Toronto

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by Oliver Lue On February 27th, 2015, CUPE 3902 Unit 1, representing 6000 teaching assistants, course instructors and lab instructors, began job action against the University of Toronto.1 Members of CUPE 3902 demanded an increase to the minimum yearly stipend … Continue reading




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Beyond the Politics of Civility and Trauma: The End of Higher Education as We Know It

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The academy is entering a dangerous time. Academics now find themselves entering a time when a more comprehensive politics that deals with the rise of authoritarianism through a variety of related fundamentalisms–economic, religious, political, and educational–is being overlooked as a … Continue reading




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Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy

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The following is a commencement speech given by Professor Henry A. Giroux to the class of 2015 at Chapman University on May 24th, 2015. I am very moved and humbled to accept an honorary degree on this important occasion today, … Continue reading




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The University of the Spectacle

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by James Compton The whole life of those universities in which modern conditions of managerialism prevail presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. All scholarship that was once directly lived has become mere representation. I am reminded of this … Continue reading




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The Canadian University and the War Against Omar Khadr

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Tyler J. Pollard interviews David L. Clark Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen who spent the first ten years of his life moving back and forth between Canada and Pakistan. In 1996 at the age of ten, he moved with … Continue reading




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Social Science Pedagogy in the 21st Century: What Should We Be Doing?

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by Robert Fitzgerald “Society is never redeemed without effort, struggle, and sacrifice.”[1]  American progressive educator George Counts included this statement in the introduction of his most celebrated work titled Dare the School Build a New Social Order?  While this is a … Continue reading




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On the Internet, No One Knows You’re a Student

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By Adam Kingsmith An old digital adage posits that on the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog. The phrase is in reference to the emancipating qualities of cyberspace. By virtue of the Internet’s unbridled creative licensing, gender, race, age, … Continue reading




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Higher Education in Peril

Public universities and colleges across North America and the United Kingdom appear to be rushing headlong into a new era, caught up in a stampede driven by state-initiated educational policy and demands for ‘modernization’ (certainly a matter of concern in … Continue reading




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Following the Herd, or Joining the Merry MOOCscapades of Higher-Ed Bloggers

By Melonie Fullick For those who follow the higher education news, the week of July 16th to 22nd will stand out as one in which the term “MOOC” (Massive Open Online Courses, for the uninitiated) hit a high point as … Continue reading




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Tuition Protesters ARE the Greeks of Canada: A Response to Margaret Wente

Globe & Mail writer Margaret Wente recently disparaged the students protesting tuition hikes in Quebec as the “Greeks of Canada.” In this response, Simon Orpana suggests the student movement actually positions Quebec as a beacon of social awareness with the potential to restore how Canada once defined itself as a country. The Quebec student strike, by opening a debate on the nature of democracy itself, has crucial implications for the whole of society.




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