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Daily Archives: June 13th, 2009

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK

We’re Back!

OUR MANDATE: The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

http://csew.ca/

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

– Article: Students Aren’t Customers; Education Is Not A Commodity
– Workshop Series: Social Economy Centre – University Of Toronto
– Conference: “Social Injustice Is Killing People”: The Political Economy Of Global Health
– Article: The Struggle Has Its Own Dynamic: The Professors’ Strike At The Université Du Québec À Montréal
– Report: Twelve Years Of French-Language Adult Literacy Research In Canada: 1994-2005
– Request For Articles And Resources To Inform A Literature Review For Needs Assessment And Feasibility Study For Community-Based Research
– Workshop: Identifying And Eliminating Social Inequities In Policies, Programmes, Service Delivery And Research, Toronto
– Article: “Equity, Ethics And Adjuncts”
– Needs Assessment And Feasibility Study For Community-Based Research: Focus Group Participants Needed!!

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ARTICLE: STUDENTS AREN’T CUSTOMERS; EDUCATION IS NOT A COMMODITY

by William Astore, Tomdispatch.com

By only viewing education as a way to a higher-paying job we’re giving a free pass to the prevailing machinery of power.

http://www.alternet.org/story/140318/students_aren%27t_customers%3B_education_is_not_a_commodity/

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WORKSHOP SERIES: SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE – UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Collaboration through Co-Location; Strategies for Sharing Resources (Full-Day Workshop)

Co-location of community organizations in a shared space is an emerging strategy to increase efficiency, synergy and impact. Join us in this workshop and learn:

– How organizations can work together to achieve greater efficiencies and build a sense of community
– How shared space can become an animated community space that supports shared learning and new ideas for positive change in our communities

DATE: Friday, June 19, 2009 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

COST: $140 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available. Refreshments, tea and coffee served, but lunch not included.

TO REGISTER: http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca
416-978-0022

LOCATION: Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W. (5th floor), Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, (St. George Subway Station)

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CONFERENCE: “SOCIAL INJUSTICE IS KILLING PEOPLE”: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL HEALTH

International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School 2009
June 15-26, 2009

Instructors:
Ron Labonte, Canada Research Chair in Globalisation and Health Equity, University of Ottawa
Rene Loewenson, Training and Research Support Centre, Harare Zimbabwe
Ted Schrecker, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa

Topics will include:
– Labour markets and the global reorganization of production
– Trade policy and health
– Global financial markets and health
– Cities and health in the 21st century

Sessions will include new case study research from Africa focused on:
– the political economy of food and nutrition
– national health systems and the political economy of ill health (health worker migration; health services commercialization/privatization; water commodification)
– social justice: policies, responses and influences for action
– global governance and accountability in health

TO REGISTER IN THE COURSE:

Please obtain registration form and related information from:

Jlenya Sarra-De Meo
Graduate Program Assistant
International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School
Graduate Political Science, S632 Ross
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
CANADA

Tel: (416) 736-5264
Fax: (416) 736-5686
e-mail: jsarra@yorku.ca

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ARTICLE: THE STRUGGLE HAS ITS OWN DYNAMIC: THE PROFESSORS’ STRIKE AT THE UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC À MONTRÉAL

by David Mandel, Bullet No. 223, June 4, 2009

The seven-week strike of professors at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) ended on April 24, 2009 in a significant, if partial, victory. It is, unfortunately, a rare event in contemporary Quebec, and, for that matter, in North America. It is therefore worth looking into this conflict to see what lessons it might offer of use to other unions.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/bullet223.html

REPORT: TWELVE YEARS OF FRENCH-LANGUAGE ADULT LITERACY RESEARCH IN CANADA: 1994-2005

The Adult Learning Knowledge Centre, an initiative of the Canadian Council on Learning is pleased to announce the English translation of the report Douze ans de recherche en alphabétisation des adultes en français au Canada: 1994-2005 is now available under the title Twelve years of French-Language Adult Literacy Research in Canada: 1994-2005. Translation of the report was funded through the Knowledge Mobilization Working Group of the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre.

http://www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL/AboutCCL/KnowledgeCentres/AdultLearning/index.htm

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REQUEST FOR ARTICLES AND RESOURCES TO INFORM A LITERATURE REVIEW FOR NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH

About the Research:

There is a growing interest in the area of community based research (CBR) both in and beyond academia. While academics are required by their institutions and funders to submit their research proposals to a rigorous ethics review process, those outside of academia have no ethics review requirements except as required by certain funders. Furthermore, research in Canada is increasingly being conducted outside of academia. More and more of community based research is being conducted by independent researchers, private consulting firms, government departments and non governmental organizations. CBR covers a range of research typologies including, needs assessments, program evaluations, policy research, and other forms of applied research.

Purpose of Research:

The Wellesley Institute and the Centre for Community-Based Research in Waterloo are collaborating to explore and clarify the need for a community based research ethics process in Waterloo Region, Toronto and beyond, by identifying and understanding issues and concerns from multiple stakeholder perspectives (peer researchers, community agencies (NGO’s), academics, community institutions, government and funders) and then to determine an appropriate and feasible response that will facilitate ethically sound community based research.

About the Request:

As part of the needs assessment and feasibility study we are conducting a literature review looking for published and unpublished articles and resources that address and explore the issues of ethics, research ethics board and community based research.

If you have an article or resource that we should be aware of as part of this literature review for please email Tekla Hendrickson at tekla@sympatico.ca

Please email your articles and resources by June 26th at the latest.

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WORKSHOP: IDENTIFYING AND ELIMINATING SOCIAL INEQUITIES IN POLICIES, PROGRAMMES, SERVICE DELIVERY AND RESEARCH, TORONTO

Directed by Mary Anne Burke and Margrit Eichler

Weekend Workshop: Friday, June 19 (evening) to Sunday, June 21
Tuition and Course Materials Fee: $350 CAD

Weekend Workshop followed by Intensive One Week Institute: Friday, June 19-25
Tuition and Course Materials Fee: $800 CAD (includes weekend)

The One Week Institute offers one-on-one consultation with Burke and Eichler and group discussion and development of proposals to evaluation of existing projects.

Sexism, heterosexism, ableism, racism, ageism, classism, casteism and other “isms” cause immense harm to individuals and societies. This workshop will familiarize participants with the BIAS FREE Framework – a systematic and integrative approach designed to identify and eliminate biases that derive from any social hierarchy and deprive people of their human rights. BIAS FREE stands for Building an Integrative Analytical System for Recognising and Eliminating inEquities. The Framework is a rights-based tool for examining and eliminating such biases in research, policies, programmes and/or service delivery. Participants will be trained to use the Framework, using examples of their own work, exploring its cross-equity and cross-cultural applications.

To Download Registration Form: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/cwse

For Academic Information: Margrit Eichler meichler@oise.utoronto.ca

For General Information: Aniska Ali, 416.978.2080 or cwse@oise.utoronto.ca

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ARTICLE: “EQUITY, ETHICS AND ADJUNCTS”

The long strike at York University in Toronto, Canada this year, writes Linda Muzzin, challenges everyone in higher education to consider the treatment of non-tenure-track faculty members.

http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/05/11/muzzin

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NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH: FOCUS GROUP PARTICIPANTS NEEDED!!

– Are you involved in community-based research?
– Do you have experience or opinions about ethics in community-based research?
– If you answered yes to the above questions we want to hear from you.

We are a group of researchers and community members exploring issues of ethics in community-based research. We will be conducting focus groups with participants with experience in community-based research and research ethics who represent:

– Peer Researchers/Inclusion Researchers (people who have lived experience of the community and/or the issue being explored)
– Community agencies (NGO’s)
– Academics
– Community institutions (Non post-secondary such as hospitals, PHUs and CHCs)
– Government
– Funders

The purpose of these focus groups is to understand the current best practices as well as gaps in doing ethically sound community-based research.

Each focus group will involve 7-10 people and will last up to two hours. The dates and time for the focus groups are listed below.

Focus Groups will be held for:

– Peer Researchers: Thursday June 25th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m.
– Community Agencies and Institutions: Thursday June 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
– Academics: Tuesday June 23rd from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
– Government/Funders: Tuesday June 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?

Please email Tekla Hendrickson at tekla@sympatico.ca or call at 416-972-1010 ext 257

If you can’t make the stated time but are interested in participating please contact Tekla to make alternative arrangements to participate.

These focus groups are being conducted by The Wellesley Institute, with the support of the project Steering Committee, and in collaboration with the Centre for Community Based Research in Waterloo.

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Imperialism and Global Political Economy

Polity Press cordially invite you to the book launch of:

Imperialism and Global Political Economy
by Alex Callinicos
http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745640457

Featuring a discussion between the author and Professor David Held

In the Council Room, King’s College London,
Strand, London WC2R 2LS
On Wednesday 1 July 2009
At 6.00 pm
RSVP to Pelagia Pais
King’s College London
Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Email: pelagia.pais@kcl.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2468

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

David Black on Alfred Sohn-Rethel

David Black will speak on the work of Alfred Sohn-Rethel, a very interesting Marxist theoretician and writer at:

The Birkbeck Seminars on ‘Marx, Individuals & Society’, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, Room: MAL 354 (the entrance at the back of the building), 7:30PM to 9:00PM, Thursday 18th June 2009

Here’s a link to Sohn-Rethel for those who may not be familiar with his work: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Sohn-Rethel

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com