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What does it mean to welcome Omar Khadr? University students and the lesson of hospitality

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Tyler J. Pollard interviews David L. Clark Earlier this year, professor and public intellectual, Dr. David L. Clark, invited the President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University, Dr. Patrick Deane, to support offering Canadian citizen Omar Khadr a spot in the … Continue reading




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A Campaign for the Public University and the Struggle against Savage Neoliberalism

As neoliberal discourse redefines the university in market terms, the mission of this long-standing institution and the role that it plays in contemporary society are being transformed. With privatizing ideologies justifying cuts to public spending on higher education and curricula changing to meet the demands of the market, the university is becoming an increasingly inaccessible and elite space in which corporate interests suppress critical pedagogies. Yet, many are not content to let the university slip into complicity with the same capitalist forces that are producing the growth in social inequality evident in places like Canada, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. An especially powerful element in this movement to reclaim higher education in the name of democracy is the Campaign for the Public University.




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Andrew Furco on the Engaged University

Andrew Furco, who recently co-authored a white paper on the centrality of engagement in higher education for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (ACLU), spoke to a large audience today at McMaster University on the topic of “Building … Continue reading




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Reflections on the Significance of the Public University: Interview with Christopher Newfield

McMaster University welcomed Christopher Newfield, a tireless advocate for the public university system in North America, as the inaugural lecturer for The Public Intellectuals Project@McMaster on November 21st, 2011. Newfield’s talk on “Rebuilding the University: From the Innovation Economy to … Continue reading




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The “Public University” as Response to Funding Cuts to UK’s Higher Education Simon Dawes discusses the policy measures that have led to rising tuition fees and the rapid defunding of “social-cultural-political subjects” in UK universities, along with the spread through … Continue reading




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Con-Dem-Nation and the Attack on Academic Cultures Liz Morrish offers critical insights into the language of the neoliberal academy—audit culture, enterprising academics, and student consumers—and considers the implications of such language for undercutting the traditional autonomy of academics within the … Continue reading




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