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Marx was Right

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM TORONTO CONFERENCE 2010 – UPDATE 17th APRIL 2010

Historical Materialism 2010, York University, Toronto, May 13-16

Dear friends

We are fast approaching the second Historical Materialism Conference to be held at York University in Toronto. With over 250 papers and speakers from eight countries, it is shaping up to be an exciting event for critical theory and practice.

Our plenary speakers include Terry Eagleton, Andrea Smith, Vijay Prashad, Johanna Brenner, Aziz Choudry, Dorothy Smith, Kevin Anderson, and David McNally, among others.

Plenary topics include “Marx and the Global South,” “Global Crisis, Working Class Households and Migrant Labour,” “Capitalism, Race and Colonialism,” and “Is Marxism a Theodicy?” We will also be running a four-part course on Marx’s Capital.

Details on registration, accommodation and the conference program are available at http://www.yorku.ca/hmyork To see the preliminary list of panels, click on the Program tab, then click on “Themes.”

Please spread the word about the conference. We look forward to seeing you at York in May!

The Historical Materialism Toronto Conference Organizing Committee

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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 18th APRIL 2010


EVENTS

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK (CSEW) SEMINAR SERIES – ON UNDERSTANDING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

with Ken Pankhurst

Wednesday, April 21
12 – 2 pm
Room 12-274
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West

The paper will review the nature of human understanding, and consider the significance of uncertainty and ignorance as prolegomena for a discussion of the scientific method and, in particular, methods of investigating human abilities and the state of research in the social sciences.

Dr. K.V. Pankhurst is Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Studies in Education and Work. He recently retired from a career combining appointments in universities, government departments, and international institutions, and was for many years a senior official of the OECD.

About CSEW: http://www.csew.ca

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ASSISTING LOCAL LEADERS WITH IMMIGRANT EMPLOYMENT STRATEGIES (ALLIES) LEARNING EXCHANGE: PUTTING IDEAS INTO ACTION

May 6-7
Halifax, Nova Scotia

More than 150 participants from over 10 city regions across Canada will meet in Halifax to learn about and discuss issues and strategies on how to promote the employment of skilled immigrants. Building on last year’s success in Vancouver, this year’s ALLIES Learning Exchange will bring together local stakeholders, including businesses, civic leaders, universities and colleges, community agencies, and all levels of government from participating communities such as Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Read more: http://www.maytree.com/integration/allies

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G20 SUMMIT IN TORONTO IN JUNE – JOIN THE PEOPLE’S SUMMIT

Governments are planning for the Summit of the G20 leaders in Toronto. However, more interesting for many will be a People’s Summit on June 18/19/20 which will feature workshops, seminars and teach-ins about
globalization, decent work, social justice and the environment.

On June 26th the labour movement will host a major rally for good jobs and global justice. For more information, go to http://peoplessummit2010.ca/section/2 or contact Mehdi at the Canadian Labour Congress at (416) 441-2731.

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CONVERSATION CAFE – NO MONEY. NO STATUS. NO POWER. MUST BE WOMEN’S WORK!

May 10
6:00-8:00 PM

Seneca College at Yorkgate Mall
1 York Gate Blvd
North York, Ontario
Room 218-219

Historically women have received less pay for the work that they do and any work that is considered nurturing work is left to women.

Is that why we see so much community organizing being done by women? What roles are women taking and being given in community building?

– Light meal will be provided
– Child care available by reservation only

Please RSVP by phone to: (416) 231-5499 or by email to: torontocdi@gmail.com

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CO-OPERATION AND SUSTAINABILITY: THE WAY FORWARD

June 14 – 16
The Westin Bayshore
Vancouver, BC

The Canadian Co-operative Association and British Columbia Co-operative Association invite you to beautiful Vancouver for one of the foremost learning and networking events for the Canadian co-operative sector.  Join leaders from co-operatives and credit unions across the country and around the world in exploring, learning and strategizing on co-operating for environmental, organizational and social sustainability.

Read more: http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/orphan/Congress2010

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE TEMPORARY ARMY THAT BATTLES FOR THE ECONOMY

by Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

Economists often take the economy for an elevator. Are we going up or going down? With the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) arrow recently pointing up, instead of down, you might think the economy is improving. But output (which is what GDP measures) does not matter to people lives as much as employment and its evil twin unemployment.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/04/temporary-army

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BREAKING DOWN THE WELFARE WALL IN NEW BRUNSWICK

by The Caledon Institute

New Brunswick recently announced a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy that includes radical reform of its social assistance system. It aims to break down the welfare wall that traps thousands of residents… Far from an exit from poverty, welfare has become a social and economic ghetto that creates incentives for
dependence and disincentives for independence.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/868ENG.pdf

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ONTARIO ENGINEER / BANKER DEBUNKS P3S (PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS)

by Barry Critchley, Financial Post

John Scheel, who trained as a chemical engineer and ended up as a merchant banker, has developed a new passion in retirement: dispelling the supposed advantages of private public partnerships, the P3 sector.
In a nutshell, he believes they are more expensive than they should be, both from an operational and financing point of view and that they generate excess returns to the consortium that builds and manages them. And they are not transparent.

Read more: http://bit.ly/bdiuYP

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INCOME GAP BETWEEN ABORIGINALS IN CANADA AND OTHER GROUPS: ANALYSIS

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has just published an informative analysis on the income gaps between aboriginals in Canada and other groups in the country. At least, there is some positive news for
those aboriginals who have graduated from university, but the overall conclusion is that there is still a dramatic difference between most aboriginal groups and others in Canada.

The report is available at the CCPA’s Growing Gap section of its website at: http://www.policyalternatives.ca

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BRIARPATCH LAUNCHES DEEPER ROOTS CAMPAIGN

Over the past year, Briarpatch has continued to break new ground in our provocative explorations of food politics, crime and punishment, education, global feminism and more.

And we’ve got lots more up our sleeves, with issues in the works on migration & borders, the politics of health and the soul of activism — to name just a few.

But while the content of the magazine has never been stronger, Briarpatch has not been immune to the consequences of the economic crisis. Facing rising costs and falling revenues, we’ve struggled recently with serious funding stability problems — a crisis/opportunity that has led us to rethink our entire funding model and propose something bold and dynamic in its place: the Deeper Roots campaign.

Read more: http://bit.ly/d6R16X

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

The nature of giving time to your child’s school
Laura K. Gee
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 13 April 2010
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010362116v1

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Building a climate for innovation through transformational leadership and organizational culture
James C. Sarros, Brian K. Cooper and Joseph C. Santora
Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies 2008; 15; 145
http://jlo.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/15/2/145

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Making civil society work: Models of democracy and their impact on civic engagement
Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen and Markus Freitag
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 6 April 2010, 10.1177/0899764010362114
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010362114v1

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Can an opportunity to learn at work reduce stress?: A revisitation of the job demand-control model
Chiara Panari, Dina Guglielmi, Silvia Simbula, Marco Depolo
Journal of Workplace Learning, Volume 22, Issue 3, Pages: 166-179
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do?contentType=Article&contentId=1852672

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David Dubinsky, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and the limits of social democratic trade unionism
Victor G. Devinatz
Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal Volume 22, Number 1 / March, 2010, Page 67 – 78
http://springerlink.com/content/m64744243w323q0v/?p=602e69d356ec441c91726304d75a6b53&pi=6

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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.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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Nietzsche

NIETZSCHE’S POETRY

Friedrich Nietzsche: The Peacock and the Buffalo

Continuum have published ‘The Peacock and the Buffalo’ – the first complete English translation of all 275 poems and aphorisms by Friedrich Nietzsche, presented in a hardback bi-lingual edition.

“This is the first complete English translation of Nietzsche’s poetry. ‘The Peacock and the Buffalo’ presents the first complete English translation of the poetry of the celebrated and hugely influential German thinker, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). From his first poems, written at the age of fourteen, to his last extant writings, this definitive bi-lingual edition includes all his 275 poems and aphorisms. Nietzsche’s interest in poetry is no secret, as evidenced in his literary and philosophical masterpiece, ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’, not to mention the poetry included in his published philosophical works. This important collection shows that Nietzsche’s commitment to poetry was in fact longstanding and integral to his articulation of the truth and lies of human existence. ‘The Peacock and the Buffalo’ is a must-read for anyone with an interest in German literature or European philosophy.” (The Publishers)

The collection was translated and compiled by James Luchte, who is a Lecturer in European Philosophy at the University of Wales, Lampeter, UK.

Continuum will be celebrating the launch of this book towards the end of the month with a competition through their blog http://continuumphilosophy.typepad.com, Twitter http://twitter.com/continuumphilos and Facebook page http://is.gd/aVp5R.

At Continuum: http://www.continuumbooks.com/search/default.aspx?Text=Friedrich%20Nietzsche (Projected publication date: 6th May 2010)

At Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Peacock-Buffalo-Poetry-Nietzsche/dp/1441118608/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271590056&sr=1-3

Glenn Rikowski

I have written a few articles on Nietzsche myself, see:

Rikowski, G. (1998) Nietzsche’s School? The Roots of Educational Postmodernism, a paper prepared for the Social Justice Seminar, Semester 2, University of Birmingham, School of Education, 24th March, at The Flow of Ideas web site: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Nietzsche[a]s%20School

Rikowski, G. (1998) Three Types of Apprenticeship, Three Forms of Mastery: Nietzsche, Marx, Self and Capital, a departmental paper, School of Education, University of Birmingham, 5th June:
http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Three%20Types%20of%20Apprenticeship%20-%20Three%20Forms%20of%20Mastery

Rikowski, G. (2006) What Can Nietzsche Teach Ya? 16th October, Northampton, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=What%20Can%20Nietzsche%20Teach%20Ya

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