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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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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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Prune University Administrators

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By Scott Timcke A person would have to be oblivious to walk around my university campus (Simon Fraser) and not hear the many public gripes from emerging scholars, senior graduate students and junior professors alike. The themes are the same. … Continue reading

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Living and Learning in a World of ‘White Noise’: Technology, Youth, and the University

By Jennifer Fisher When Don DeLillo published White Noise in 1985, he wrote about a society whose proof of terminal decline could be found not in the range of man-made, technologically induced disasters it manufactured but, more critically, in how … Continue reading

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I Am What I Hate

by Trent M Kays What if we discover that our present way of life is irreconcilable with our vocation to become fully human?—Paulo Freire I had a dream recently. I awoke in my dream, and I walked into my living … 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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From Penn State to JPMorgan Chase and Barclays: Destroying Higher Education, Savaging Children and Extinguishing Democracy

In this article, Henry A. Giroux poses the question: What can we learn about the nature of our society from the Penn State child abuse scandal? By analyzing the scandal in a broader context, Giroux suggests that the use of … Continue reading

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Struggle & Solidarity in Toronto

Zach Ruiter of the Toronto Media Co-op has created this video exploring the tensions perceived in Ontario student organizations as some struggle to create a solidarity movement with the Quebec strike. The structure of the student organizations themselves are called into question, the need for a solidarity strike is debated, and the difficulties in coordinating the various smaller movements are explored. These tensions are ones that must be addressed if a solidarity movement is to take place in Ontario. Continue reading

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