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The University of the Spectacle


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


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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Intellectuals as Subjects and Objects of Violence


By Henry A. Giroux Edward Snowden, Russ Tice, Thomas Drake, Jeremy Scahill, and Julian Assange, among others, have recently made clear what it means to embody respect for a public intellectual debate, moral witnessing and intellectual culture. They are not … Continue reading

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Conference 16-18 October 2014

Discourse & Dynamics
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Cultural Workers in Hamilton as Public Intellectuals

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Public Intellectuals Resisting Global Violence: An Interview with Brad Evans

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Carol Becker: Artists as Public Intellectuals

Watch Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, speak on how artists are redefining their role in the 21st century.

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Revolutions need their theorists, but such upheavals are impossible without [those] who haul theory out of books and shove it into the face of reality.

- Chris Hedges


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The Histories of Violence Project

In our post-9/11 age, the dominant media continue to dangerously desensitize citizens from the violence inherent in the brutal conflicts of this wartime, thus discouraging them from calling for an end to violence. Acting as an alternative form of widely accessible media, the Histories of Violence website created by Brad Evans (University of Leeds) emerges at this time as an important space of intellectual resistance to violence and to its seeming inevitability. Continue reading

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Gated Intellectuals and Ignorance in Political Life: Toward a Borderless Pedagogy in the Occupy Movement
In this evocative essay, Henry Giroux describes what he calls the “disappearing acts” of corporate funded anti-public intellectuals who erect walls around knowledge while simultaneously rendering invisible those disadvantaged populations who are deserving of compassion and social protections. These gated intellectuals, often abetted by the dominant media, use privilege and ideological narrowness to divorce themselves from understanding the systemic elements that contribute to social and economic injustice. Their views reduce citizenship to consumption, support corporate greed and private interests, and fuel hyper-individualized notions of equality and freedom. In opposition to these “gated intellectuals,” Giroux encourages engaged public intellectuals to adopt a “borderless pedagogy” that crosses zones of knowledge control and policing and democratizes both power and knowledge. He calls on these intellectuals to incite and support a collective cultural campaign linking the defense of public and higher education to progressive social movements and independent media sources. A sustainable democratic future will require more than democratic governance; it will require a “multitude of public and free access forums” along with “the broad mobilization of traditional and new educational sites [in which] public intellectuals can do the work of resistance, engagement, and policymaking to support a democratic politics.” Read the article…

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