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‘What Does Rosa Luxemburg Have to Say to Today’s Anti-Capitalist Movements?’

7.30 pm Thursday 10 November, Brockway Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (5 mins Holborn Tube).

“[In the 1905 Russian Revolution] there fermented throughout the whole of the immense empire an uninterrupted economic strike of almost the entire proletariat against capital – a struggle which caught, on the one hand, all the petty bourgeois and liberal professions, commercial employees, technicians, actors and members of artistic professions – and on the other hand, penetrated to the domestic servants, the minor police officials and even to the stratum of the lumpenproletariat, and simultaneously surged from the towns to the country districts and even knocked at the iron gates of the military barracks.” — Rosa Luxemburg, ‘The Mass Strike’

Speaker: Peter Hudis, co-editor of ‘The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg’ (Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg Vol. I) 2011.

With comments by Kevin Anderson, author of ‘Marx at the Margins’, David Black, author of ‘The Philosophic Roots of Anti-Capitalism’, and Heather Brown, author of ‘Marx on Gender and the Family’

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The Lord Rookwood


Dear Forest Roots Folk

The next Forest Roots session is on Friday, 4th November and we are very happy to say we have the eclectic, fun loving Whiskey Moon Face This band play a mix of folk, roots and psychobilly (not sure what that is or even if I’ve spelt it right, but it sounds fun) and come highly recommended by Adam Beattie and Caroline who saw them do a gig recently.

The Flats Family Band will be there as usual as well as local performers and surprise guests. If you’d like to perform just let us know

Stay forever young
Jenny and Caroline

Forest Roots is held at The Lord Rookwood pub: 314 Cann Hall Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3NW

Free entry plus a whipround

Starts: 8.00pm

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: (recording) and (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (recording) and (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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09-12 May 2012

Sürmeli Hotel, Ephesus–Izmir, Turkey

Click onto the Third World Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Guidance 

Abstract submissions due: December 20, 2011

The abstracts should be submission over or mailed to:



We have a special agreement with the Hotel for World Conference on Psychology, Counselling & Guidance participants only. The all inclusive room rate (per person); triple 45 Euro, Double 55 Euro and single 86 Euros.

For more information please visit the conference official web site:

If you make at least three nights hotel reservation, then the historical places tour is free for you in 11 or 12 May 2012 (EphesusAncientCity, House of Virgin Mary, Artemis Temple Basilica of St Johnand around). For more information  



·        JohnHopkinsUniversity

·        QueenslandUniversityof Technology

·        Near Eastuniversity

·        Ankara University

·        BahcesehirUniversity

·        Elsevier Publication LTD.

·        Thomson Reuters



The scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to; the following major areas as they relate to Psychology, Counselling and Guidance: Clinical Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Social Psychology; Experimental Psychology; Industrial and Organization Psychology; Traffic Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Psychometric Psychology; Sports Psychology; Health Psychology; Educational Psychology; Media Psychology; Neuroscience and Psychology; Child and Adolescent Counselling; Adult and Elder Counselling; Family Counselling; School Counselling; Higher Education Counselling; Health Counselling; Crisis and Risk Counselling; Occupational Counselling; Industrial Counselling; Cyber Counselling; Psychology Education and Occupational Issues; Inter-disciplinary approaches to Psychology; Counselling and Guidance; Technology usage in Psychology Counselling and Guidance; Rehabilitation Counselling; Special Education and other related subjects.



All submissions are subject to a peer-review process.

· Full and Short Papers

· Reflection Papers

· Posters/Demonstrations

· Tutorials

· Panels

· Roundtables

· Workshop

· Virtual Presentation

· Product/Services Presentations



·        All accepted papers of the conference will be published in Procedia-Social and Behavioral Journal (ISSN: 1877-0428) by ELSEVIER and will be indexed ScienceDirect, Scopus, and Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI, Web of Science).

·        All proposals will be subjected to peer-reviews. Selected papers from the conference will be considered for extended version publication in the supporting journals. The selection rate for publication in supporting journals is 27.3 % at WCPCG-2011.



The draft programme which is below was prepared for you. While you can attend all the programme, if you want, you can have fun with your partner in the see or aqua park. choice is yours. Please note that all meals, soft and alcoholic beverages will be unlimited.

·         07:00-09:00 Breakfast (open buffet)

·         09:00-11:00 Keynotes

·         11:00-11:30 Networking with your colleagues at the Tea Garden (tea, coffee, fruit juices and cakes)

·         11:30-13:00 Parallel Sessions and Workshops

·         13:00-14:00 Lunch (open buffet with unlimited soft and alcoholic beverages)

·         14:00-15:00 Keynotes

·         15:00-16:30 Parallel Sessions and Workshops

·         16:30-17:00 Networking with your colleagues at the Pool Snack Buffet (Turkish doner kebab, hamburger, cheeseburger, hot dog, sandwiches with unlimited soft and alcoholic beverages)

·         17:00-18:00 Parallel Sessions and Workshops

·         18:00-19:00 Networking with your colleagues at the Lobby Bar (unlimited; water, tea, coffees, fruit juices, cakes, wine, vodka, Turkish raki, beer, etc.)

·         19:00-21:00 Dinner (Open buffet with wide variety of foods, unlimited soft and alcoholic beverages: diet buffet, Mediterranean, Turkish, Italian, Latin, fresh fish, sea food, wines, vodkas, Turkish raki, beers, fruit juices, etc.)

·         21:00-23:00 Social Programme (unlimited soft and alcoholic beverages, wide variety of shows and animations, live music, Turkish folk dances, etc.)

·         23:00-24:00 Late dinner

·         23:00-02:00 Disco party

·         01:00-07:00 Early breakfast

·         00:00-24:00 Networking with your colleagues at the Lobby Bar (unlimited; water, tea, coffees, fruit juices, cakes, wine, vodka, Turkish raki, beer, etc.)



·        Abstract Submissions*           December 20, 2011

·        Full Paper Submissions             February 15, 2012

·        Early Hotel Reservation            March 04, 2012

·        Early Registration                     03 April, 2012

·        Last Hotel Reservation             April 30, 2012

·        Camera-ready for Elsevier        June 01, 2012

·        Conference Dates                     May 09-12, 2012

* After the submission date, the authors of abstracts will be notified in four day.



Authors of selected articles are welcomed to submit extended version for publication in regular issues of the following reputed journals, in addition to publication in the conference proceedings. New copyright forms must also be signed and delivered to the appropriate journal.


The journals that has been confirmed so far (further replies are expected in following days)


·       Journal of Applied Psychology (Indexed in SSCI)

·       British Journal of  Psychology (Indexed in SSCI)

·       British Journal of Developmental Psychology (Indexed in SSCI)

·       British Journal of Health Psychology (Indexed in SSCI)

·       Work & Stress Journal (Indexed in SSCI)

·       Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling (Indexed in SSCI)

·       Educational Technology Research & Development (Indexed in SSCI)

·       AsiaPacific Education Review, (Indexed in SSCI)

·       South African Journal of Psychology, (Indexed in SSCI)

·       Perspectives in Education (Indexed in SSCI)

·       Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences

·       International Journal of Human Sciences

·       International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education



Due to the large number of papers expected for this conference, the committee only allows an author to present two papers.  The abstracts can be one-page long (200-300 words). The abstract include Problem Statement, Purpose of Study, Methods, Findings and Results, and Conclusions and Recommendations (These elements may need some adaptation in the case of discussion papers: Background, Purpose of Study, Sources of Evidence, Main Argument, and Conclusions). Please note that some elements are optional in abstracts.

The abstracts should be submission over or mailed to



Researchers who are unable to resolve the funding issue concerning the conference expenses will be provided with an alternative approach for participation, namely, Virtual Online Presentation. Those who would like to make their presentations online from their home countries will also be awarded with a certificate and their papers will be considered for publications similar to other participants as if they were present physically. Those who would like to make use of the Virtual Online Presentation facility will be requested to send their virtual posters or other soft copy materials such as power point presentations to the secretariat. In addition, these participants who would prefer to make use of the Virtual Online Presentation facility may also contribute to the conference through video conferencing.



Summer is hot, and winter is mild and rainy in Ephesus. Nearly 300 days of the year is sunny and one can swim from April to November. InEphesusin day time, the average weather at the end of the May is high 37°C and low 25.1°C.


The direct and regular flights are available to Izmir from most of the countries of the world in April. You can find concerned flight companies’ names from the web-site of International Adnan Menderes Izmir Airport (ADB). Some countries citizens will need a visa forTurkey which can be easily obtained directly from the immigration office in Airport. Please visit Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs guide for visa information



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Spaces of Transformation
The Vast Space-Time of Revolutions Becoming

Saturday 12 May 2012, 14.00–17.00

With Drucilla Cornell on ‘The Site of Revolution’, David Harvey on ‘The Spaces of Anti-Capitalist Transition’ and Achille Mbembe.

Chaired by Doreen Massey

This keynote conversation is followed by a performance by Rubedo in the Starr Auditorium starting at 19.00.

Tate Modern Starr Auditorium
£15 (£12 concessions)
For tickets book online
or call 020 7887 8888.


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Occupy London


The Tent City University forms part of Occupy London as is ever on the look out for people to contribute their time and knowledge.

If you’d like to get involved while you’re in town for the Historical Materialism conference, please contact:

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DPR Conference 2012


2 – 4 April 2012, Plymouth College of Art, UK

The conference considers what ‘Impact’ means for us, our work, our understandings and future developments. Governments, international agencies, funding bodies and policy-makers increasingly use this term. What does it mean?

The social sciences, creative arts, education and humanities are currently under attack on a global scale as funding is concentrated on STEM related subjects; but the threatened fields of scholarship are themselves evolving new ways of thinking and practice and new sites and methods of enquiry.

Practitioners and academics in the threatened areas are responding to the situation with vitality and determination: experimental, adventurous, playful, but serious in redefining boundaries and finding new ways forward. DPR 12 maps these emerging knowledge regimes, their impacts, the imagined futures they enable and the implications for practice, research, learning and teaching.

DPR and PCA have joined forces for this conference. DPR is deeply engaged in the critical interrogation of contemporary culture as it plays out in the academy in research, learning and teaching. Similarly, PCA is working with energy and passion to implement a vision of high quality education for life in contemporary arts practice. Bringing the two together is an adventure in creative synergy.

The conference explores the potential impact on each other of the creative arts and social sciences in terms of theory and practice.

All conference streams are designed to encourage contributions from across the creative arts, social sciences and humanities. Click here for details.

Conference streams:

Language, materiality, theory, silence, speaking

International, intercultural, transcultural impact

Research, learning, teaching: impact

Social Science, social work, community, wellbeing

Art Poetics: Practice as Learning, Learning in Practice

Sustainable impact



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The School of Visual Arts, New York


“Art knows us better than we know ourselves.” –T. W. Adorno

The program in Critical Theory and the Arts is an intensive yearlong study for students with an edgy involvement in the problems and questions of making art today—in what art has become, and is becoming—and who are no less engaged in wanting to understand what is at stake in the relation of these questions to contemporary social conflict and reality.

The program responds to a need: For thinking about art has never before been so protean, so broadly inventive and urgently central to the whole of social, philosophical and political reflection. Every major area of thought now turns considerable attention to art in expectation that art will provide the key to solving its central questions.

At the same time, in art itself, every aspect of its reality presents dynamic conflicts and puzzles that demand theoretical reflection. Those directly involved in the arts can no longer imagine that artists proceed naïvely; mixing passion with thin air. While artists of earlier generations once struggled to disguise the thinking labor that went into their work, today art theory has become part—often an explicit part—of all art-making. To an unprecedented degree, developments in art theory even directly transform art.

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UALL Widening Participation and Social Inclusion Network

Convenor: Annette Hayton, Head of Widening Participation, Goldsmiths, University of London

SRHE: Access and Widening Participation Network

Convenor: Penny-Jane Burke, Roehampton University

Venue: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

Date: Thursday 16th November 2011

From 9.30 am- 4pm (lunch included)

The Ethics of Widening Participation Seminar Series

An Ethical Approach to Management and Governance in Higher Education Professor Peter Scott, Institute of Education, University of London +++++ ‘The presentation will consider the ethical dimensions of management and governance – including the ‘information’ challenges posed by league tables, freedom of information, student satisfaction scores and now the key information sets (KIS) thatall English higher education institutions will be obliged to provide following the White Paper, and the tensions between these external challenges and more traditional responsibilities towards collegiality and community. In particular the presentation will discuss the difficult transition from a regime based on ‘public’ values (and characterised by – relatively – low fees, rapid student growth and a commitment to widening access) to a regime grounded in ‘market’ values (and characterised by much higher fees, slower – or reverse – growth and much higher levels of competition) – and its implications for lifelong learning’

Interrogating participation: student experiences and pedagogical practices, Professor  Penny Jane Burke, Roehampton University +++++ This presentation will explore students’ experiences in relation to pedagogical practices to consider the ethical issues this raises for widening participation (WP). Key issues that will be explored include the ways different pedagogical practices and relations might be experienced as exclusive, the different pedagogical practices that HE teachers draw on in relation to WP, and the ways that pedagogies might (or might not) support the processes of being constituted as a legitimate student-subject in higher education. The presentation will draw on data from a qualitative project funded by the Higher Education Academy to explore these issues.

Curriculum, Employability and Knowledge: What makes a good degree? Annette Hayton,  Goldsmiths, University of London +++++ Developing employability skills in students is increasingly seen as an important aspect of higher education and, in order to help students to choose their degree course, Universities will have to provide information about the employment of their graduates. On the surface this can seem very rational but the job prospects of young people are not wholly defined by their qualifications or talents. A ‘useful’ vocational  degree often has less status and value in the market place than a traditional subject such as History taken at a prestigious university. This session will explore how the value placed on a degree is framed and shaped by existing cultural and economic inequalities.

Riots, Resistance and Rhetoric: the implications for higher education Professor Les Back, Goldsmiths, University of London +++++ The seeds of the current crisis in universities had a long gestation period, emerging from a sequence of transitions that have transformed the nature of higher education. It now appears to be morphing into the neo-liberal university of commerce where knowledge is valuable only if it has a marketable exchange value or the potential for policy relevance.  The contradictions inherent in this approach are brought into sharp focus when we consider the humanities. As a teacher I have been thinking about this a lot and wondering, ‘What is the promise of sociology for new graduates?’ Perhaps it is to provide ways of understanding what is before them and imagining ways to act in a society full of moral complexity. This approach might provide a way of understanding the urban unrest this summer and show that it is not unrelated to a schism in opportunities that is opening up amongst the young in the UK, including access to higher education.

Black and Minority Ethnic Students Negotiating White ‘norms’, Managing Exclusion: Ethical Challenges in Higher Education Professor Gill Crozier, Roehampton University +++++ According to some research Minority Ethnic students are proportionately over represented in the Higher Education sector. However, this broad statement masks which specific Minority Ethnic students these are and also which universities and which subjects they attend/study. In any case universities in Britain continue to be White and middle class dominated institutions.  In this paper I draw on some empirical research to look at the processes involved in negotiating White norms and values.  I will draw on Critical Race Theory, Critical Race Feminism and Bourdieu’s concept of symbolic violence to analyse the ethical imperatives that universities need to address in developing and transforming themselves into more egalitarian and equitable  places of learning.

Speakers Biographies

Peter Scott is Professor of Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education University of London and also Chair of the Council of the University of Gloucestershire. At the end of last year he stood down as Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University after 13 years in post. Previously he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Education at the University of Leeds, and Editor of ‘The Times Higher Education Supplement’ from 1976 until 1992. He was a member of the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England from 2000 until 2006, and Chair of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning from 2002 until 2009.

Penny Jane Burke is Professor of Education at Roehampton University, London, where she is Director of the Centre for Educational Research in Equalities, Policy and Pedagogy (CEREPP) and Founding Director of the London Paulo Freire Institute (LPFI). Dedicated to the development of methodological and pedagogical frameworks that support critical levels of understanding of equity and social justice in higher education, her current and recent research includes: ‘Formations of Higher Education Pedagogies’ (HEA-funded); ‘Transitions to Masters Level Study’ (HEA-funded); ‘Educational Access for All’ (EU-funded); ‘Men Returning to Study’ (ESRC-funded) and ‘Art for a Few: Exclusions and Misrecognitions in HE Admissions’ (NALN-funded). Penny is the Access and Widening Participation Network Leader for the SRHE. Her publications include Accessing Education effectively widening participation (Burke, 2002, Trentham Books) and Reconceptualising Lifelong Learning: Feminist Interventions (Burke and Jackson, 2007, Routledge), which was nominated for the 2008 Cyril O. Houle World Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education. Her book The Right to Higher Education: Beyond Widening Participation (Burke, Routledge) will be published in March 2012.

Annette Hayton is Head of Widening Participation at Goldsmiths, University of London and manages a range of activities designed to support successful progression to higher education. Before joining Goldsmiths she managed the London Region Post-Network at the Institute of Education and is currently convenor of the UALL Widening Participation and Social Inclusion Network.Annette is interested in how educational theory can be developed and applied in practice to promote positive change within the education system, aiming to  combine theory and practice in her work. She has produced two edited collection for Kogan Page Tackling Disaffection and Social Exclusion: Issues for Education Policy in 1999 and, with Anna Paczuska, Access, Participation and Higher Education in 2002.

Les Back is a Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.His main fields of interest are the sociology of racism, popular culture and city life. His work attempts to create a sensuous or live sociology committed to searching for new modes of sociological writing and representation. This approach is outlined in his most recent book The Art of Listening (Berg 2007). He also writes journalism and has made documentary films. He is the coordinator of the ESRC funded Live Sociology programme which offers training in the use of multi-media in qualitative research as part of Researcher Development Initiative.  His books include: Auditory Cultures Reader with Michael Bull Berg (2003), Out of Witnesses with Vron Ware, University of Chicago (2002); The Changing Face of Football: Racism and Multiculture in the English Soccer, with Tim Crabbe and John Solomos (Berg 2001);New Ethnicities and Urban Culture: Racisms and Multiculture in Young Lives (University College Press, 1996);Race Politics and Social Change, with John Solomos (Routledge, 1995); His latest work onthe ethics of scholarship and teaching has been made available as a multi-media ebook entitled The Academic Diary (2011)

Gill Crozier is Professor of Education in the School of Education, Roehampton University, London.  She is a sociologist of education and has researched and written extensively on ‘race’ and education and its intersection with social class and gender. Specific areas of her work include: issues relating to parents and schools, young people, and higher education. She is also concerned with education policy, and the socio-cultural influences upon identity formation and learner experiences.  Her ESRC funded studies include: The Socio-Cultural and Learning Experiences of Working Class Students in Higher Education;  Identities, Educational Choices and the White Urban Middle Classes project;  Parents, Children and the School Experience: Asian Families’ Perspectives. Her books include: Parents and Schools: Partners or Protagonists? (2000) Trentham Books; Widening Participation Through Improving Learning. (2009) (Edited by M. David) Routledge ; White Middle Class Identities and Urban Schooling (2011) with D.Reay & D.James. Palgrave


Event booking details

To reserve a place at this seminar please register at or telephone +44 (0) 207 4472525.  SRHE events are open to all and free to SRHE members as part of their membership package. The delegate fee for non-members is £25 [full time students £20]. Non-members wishing to join the Society may do so at the time of registration and the delegate fee will be waived. Please note that places must be booked in advance and that a £25 for non-attendance will  be charged if a place has been reserved but no notice of cancellation/non-attendance has been given in advance.

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Tariq Ali


Haymarket Books is pleased to present:

Revolution in the Air: The Arab Spring and a World in Motion


Tariq Ali
+world-renowned political writer, novelist, and filmmaker
+author, Bush in Babylon, Clash of Civilizations, Street Fighting Years, the Islam Quintet and more
+co-author, with Oliver Stone, of Haymarket Books’ On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation
+frequent contributor to The Guardian, London Review of Books, and the New Left Review

Thursday, Oct. 27th
Doors 7:00 pm \\ Talk 7:30 pm \\ Free
Seating: first come, first served

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Talk \\ Q & A \\ Booksigning \\ Bar

PLEASE JOIN US for an evening with world-renowned political thinker and activist Tariq Ali. From the revolts that have shaken the Middle East, to the Occupy Wall Street sentiment sweeping the U.S., mass movements have been born across the globe. Join us as we discuss this new resistance to the status quo, it’s challenge to empire and the dictates of capital, and radical notions of democracy and liberation born anew.

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Money Menace


Out now: new formations 72 Psychoanalysis and money
Guest editor: David Bennett

An international cast of psychoanalysts, cultural theorists, philosophers and critics explore aspects of the nexus between psychoanalysis, money and economics in the aftermath of the latest global financial crisis. Asking not only what psychoanalysis can tell us about financial crashes, but also what crashes may reveal about psychoanalysis, it stages a confrontation between two disciplines that have been mutually indifferent and mutually opaque for much of the past 100 years.

For more information on the current issue

David Bennett on economics and psychoanalysis
Bruce Fink on analysand and analyst in the global economy
Karl Figlio on greed and reparation in masculine phantasy
Viktor Mazin on Russia, the ruble, the dollar and psychoanalysis
Geoff Boucher and Matthew Sharpe on financial crisis, social pathologies and perversion
Paul Crosthwaite on expenditure, the death drive, and contemporary art
Stephen Frosh on psychoanalysis, anti-Semitism and the miser
Tan Waelchli on authority, regulation of standards, and the law of the father
Jean-Joseph Goux on psychoanalysis and the political economy
Campbell Jones on the market and subjectivity
Daniel Ross on Bernard Stiegler’s ‘pharmacology of desire’
Bernard Stiegler on drive-based capitalism and libidinal dis-economy

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November 3, 2011
Lecture: 7:00 pm
Fundraising Wine & Cheese Social: 8:30 pm
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

The CCPA (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) is proud to present Stephen Lewis and Michele Landsberg—two of Canada’s leading thinkers and recipients of the Order of Canada—as this year’s featured guests for the David Lewis Lecture.

Join us for an intimate conversation about their lives, their passions, and the future of this country.

Following the lecture, there will be a fundraising social in an adjoining room with members of the Lewis family and CCPA research associates.

Copies of Michele’s new book, “Writing the Revolution”, will be available for sale and Michele will be on hand to sign them.

Purchase tickets online at: Lecture tickets: $20 (upper level) or $40 (main level). Fundraising Wine & Cheese: $40 (includes complementary drink).

All proceeds are dedicated to future CCPA David Lewis Lectures.

Generously sponsored by the Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).



Tuesday, November 8, 2011
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto

Register online at: (Space is limited.)

With the three recent elections – provincial, federal and municipal – still fresh in our minds, let’s step back and take this opportunity to look at diversity in elected office.

– To what extent do those who ran for office – and those who were elected – reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of the Toronto region?
– Have parties run diverse candidates in winnable ridings?
–  What more can be done to change the face of political leadership in the country’s most diverse city region?

Join us on November 8 when Myer Siemiatycki, Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, presents newly released findings on the state of diversity in elected office.

Hear from our panel of political insiders on what worked, what didn’t, and what parties can do to ensure that their representatives better reflect their constituents.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011
7 p.m.
MacLeod Auditorium (formerly the Medical Sciences Auditorium)
1 King’s College Circle
University of Toronto

Admission is $10 at the door. There are no advance sales and seating is limited so plan to be there on time.

This event is sponsored by People’s Voice newspaper ( For more information please visit the website or telephone (416) 469-2481.



Co-operators who aren’t attending the Co-operative Development Initiative’s ( “From Idea to Reality” conference on October 28 and 29 will still have an opportunity to participate in some of the sessions. The on-site conference is by invitation and only for recipients of funding under the Innovative Co-operative Projects component of CDI.

CDI is partnering with a co-operative from Montreal,, to broadcast selected panels live.  The presentations will be available in both official languages: viewers will get either the voice of the speaker or the voice of an interpreter, depending on the speaker’s language. People will also have web access to the PowerPoint presentations used by the speakers, and a chat room will be open so that people can ask the panelists questions from home.

To access the conference online: 
– Go to (note that the site’s layout is in French only)
– Click on the first tab at the top left:  “En direct”
– Click on the CDI Conference banner “From Idea to Reality” (canal 8)
– In the pop-up window, you will be asked for a username (utilisateur) and password (mot de passe). Type in the username: 2011conference and the password: cdi2011. 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Smart Room 7-105, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor St. West (St. George subway station), Toronto

With Dr. Cynthia Joseph of Monash University, Australia

Chair: Dr. Reva Joshee

Cynthia Joseph is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University in Australia.  Cynthia’s research and teaching draw on Postcolonial Studies, Sociology of Education, Comparative Education and Asian Studies to understand identity, cultural differences and equality issues in education. She examines the ways in which ethnicity/race and gender are (re)configured in these globalising and transnational times. Her recent work explores transnational identities, education and work within the context of migration and the global economy. This seminar will be based on six years of a longitudinal ethnography with a group of young Malaysian women from the three major ethnic groups of Malay-Muslim, Chinese, and Indian.




by Matthew Flisfeder, The Bullet

One of the distinguishing features of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is its apparent lack of central leadership. Not only does the movement seem leaderless; it does not appear to be organized around any clearly defined ‘demands.’ This has been perceived as something quite positive for participants and supporters of the movement, while being the primary point of criticism from opponents, particularly the mainstream media. Clearly, OWS stands against the unfair balance of wealth distribution in the United States (and around the world, for that matter), the unfair neoliberal
politics that have swept the globe over the last four decades, corporate greed (especially in the financial sector), and various forms of systemic violence resulting from structural inequalities built into the capitalist system of exploitation. But what media pundits are looking for is something that they can represent: something, that is, with a timeline, that defines when the protestors will be ‘satisfied’.

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My name is Anabela Pappas, and I’m a kitchen worker at Harvard University. I want to share my story of how we improved the food and our jobs at Harvard, and how we can do it across North America.

Several months ago, my co-workers and I (members of UNITE HERE Local 26) started negotiations for a new contract with the university. Many of us in the dining halls and kitchens were upset that our cooking skills weren’t being used enough, and that the university was relying too much on processed and frozen food instead of real cooking by us. On top of that, during summer and holiday breaks, we had to look for other jobs until school started again. Those aren’t sustainable jobs.

Students were also concerned about the quality of the campus food, and felt the university could do a better job in getting local and sustainable food. At the bargaining table, students sat with us and demanded more information from the university about where the food comes from, and how it is made.

As a result of our alliance with Harvard students, the administration agreed to a new contract that created a joint committee with the union to adopt best practices for environmentally responsible food sourcing and preparation. Harvard also agreed to give Local 26 members priority hiring for jobs during the summer and winter recess. We made a major step forward to creating sustainable jobs and sustainable food!

We still have more work to do, but I am proud of what we achieved. I think it’s time that we improve food and jobs at all campuses across the country.

Please visit our new website: to learn more
about our campaign, and check out our Facebook page at



A report released by Social Planning Toronto entitled “Public System, Private Money: Fees, Fundraising and Equity in the Toronto District School Board” explores how school fees and fundraising activities create an unequal playing field by offering different opportunities for students in schools and between schools, depending on their ability to pay.

Inspired by the Ministry of Education’s review of the Fees for Learning Materials and Activities Guideline and Fundraising Guideline, this report explores the growing opportunity gap between students from wealthier families and those who attend schools in wealthier areas of the city compared with students whose families are lower income and/or live in poorer areas of the city.

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from Alternet

Beyond the anti-Greek media campaign lies the story of a weary people caught between a corrupt political system and rapacious financiers. Sound familiar?

Greece is a land of ancient myth. But more recent myths have made Greeks cringe when foreigners start asking questions.

Greeks are lazy. They don’t work. They’re profligates who are taking down Europe. The caricature has become so common that a recent TV commercial in Slovakia used it to sell beer, drawing a contrast between the virtuous Slovak and the paunchy Greek indulging himself on a beach.

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Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

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 this project, visit

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: (recording) and (live)


‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (recording) and (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  


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Capitalism in Crisis


The Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London invites you to two talks exploring the contemporary legacy of Marx’s work.

8 November 2011
Massimiliano Tomba – Revisiting the Grundrisse and the ‘Fragment on Machines’
RHB Room 137

Massimiliano Tomba is the author of books on Bruno Bauer and critique, Walter Benjamin’s critique of violence, politics in Kant and Benjamin, and, most recently, Marx’s concept of time. He teaches at the faculty of historical and political sciences at the University of Padua.

14 November 2011
Anselm Jappe – Abstract Labour as the Origin of Commodity Fetishism
RHB Room 137

Anselm Jappe is the author of Guy Debord, Les aventures de la marchandise and, most recently, Credit à mort.

All welcome. For further information, contact

Both speakers will also be presenting different papers at the annual Historical Materialism Conference:


‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: (recording) and (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (recording) and (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

MySpace Profile:

The Ockress:

Rikowski Point: