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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 11th MARCH 2013

EVENTS

TORONTO SOCIALIST ACTION PRESENTS – REBEL FILMS 2013

Thursday, March 28
7 p.m.
OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212
(St. George Subway Station)

Catastroika (2012, 87 minutes)

The creators of Debtocracy, a documentary with two million views broadcasted from Japan to Latin America, analyze the shifting of state assets to private hands. They travel round the world gathering data on privatization in developed countries and search for clues on the day after Greece’s massive privatization program.

Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.

Please visit: http://www.socialistaction.ca or call 416 – 461-6942.

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PROTECTING RIGHTS AND BUILDING SOLIDARITY: A WORKSHOP ON MIGRANT LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES

April 5 & 6, 2013
Friday evening and all day Saturday
Metro Hall, Plenary Room 308-309
55 John Street, Toronto

Join workers, advocates, unions, and community allies who are committed to protecting and strengthening the rights of newcomers to our province’s labour market.

Sponsored by The People’s Budget, Ontario Federation of Labour (http://www.ThePeoplesBudget.ca)

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CAMPAIGN TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE

Thursday March 21
12 pm
Ministry of Labour office, 400 University Ave.
Toronto

Coordinated actions in cities around Ontario

Ontario’s minimum wage has been frozen for 3 years, while the cost of living continues to rise. Join us as we call for an immediate increase!

The minimum wage should bring workers and their families above the poverty line.  That means Ontario’s minimum wage should be $14 in 2013. A minimum wage increase is an investment in healthy communities and good jobs for workers in Ontario.

On March 21st, the first day of spring and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, communities around Ontario will be coming together for a decent minimum wage.

Get involved!
– Endorse the campaign
– Organize an action in your city
– Sign up for a delegation visit to your MPP

Get updates on March 21st actions by signing up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/119569048228250/

Contact us at raisetheminimumwage@gmail.com or (416) 531-2411, ext. 246

The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and Workers’ Action Centre.

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BOOK LAUNCH – “THE GREAT REVENUE ROBBERY”

Book launch, author(s) reading for The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada

Edited by Richard Swift for Canadians for Tax Fairness. Published by Between the Lines.

Monday, April 15
6:30pm
No One Writes to the Colonel
406 College Street, Toronto

Free. Contact: info@btlbooks.com

“This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”
-Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star

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TALK – VYGOTSKY AND CULTURAL HISTORICAL ACTIVITY THEORY: RE-IMAGINING METHODOLOGIES AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITIES

Thursday March 21st
12-2pm
OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-214
Toronto

Speakers: Dr. Anna Stetsenko, Graduate Department of Psychology, Cross-Appointed, Urban Education / Women’s Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Dr. Eduardo Vianna, Psychology, LaGuardia Community College – City University of New York

Sponsored by the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/UT (http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/lhae/Home/index.html)

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NEWS & VIEWS

MUSIC VIDEO – SONG FOR HUGO CHÁVEZ

by David Rovics @ ALBA @ Copenhagen 17.12.2009

Warming up with “Song For Hugo Chávez” For 4000 People at ALBA-meeting in Copenhagen 17.12.2009 where Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez spoke for 2 hours to his fans from Denmark and Sweden, who had come to see and hear him speaking. Some people drove all the way from Holland just for Chávez.

Video by Kaj Kaskuberg. Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxjRET2hJIE

David Rovics’ website: http://www.davidrovics.com

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CERTIFICATE IN ADULT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION (CACE), DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES – UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

Develop your potential as a trainer/adult educator.

Confident instructors are successful instructors. Building confidence takes a commitment to lifelong learning in order to maintain levels of practice and keep pace with an ever-changing work environment. CACE courses will be helpful to you at every stage in your career as an adult educator/trainer. Add a particular skill to your repertoire with a single course, move closer to completing your CACE certificate or simply take a refresher to keep your skills sharp. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional, you’ll find these courses will continue to shape your career and how you approach your work.

For more information: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/aspnet/Program/Detail/?code=ACECERT&infoId=51651873&sID=25895&OrgID=2900

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STUDY DEMOLISHES THE MYTH THAT U.S. WORKERS LACK SKILLS

by Roger Bybee, In These Times

Over the last few years, the media has blared warnings that a “skills gap” among American workers is preventing full economic recovery.

According to this narrative, the problem is not an inadequate supply of family-sustaining jobs; it’s a workforce lacking in skills, training and education. The skills gap thesis has been spread by influential pundits like the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, top CEOs like Caterpillar’s Doug Oberhelman, and PIMCO hedge fund owner Bill Gross, who declared, “Our labor force is too expensive and poorly educated for today’s marketplace.”

But in a study released this week called “The Skills Gap and Unemployment in Wisconsin: Separating Fact from Fiction,” urbanologist Marc Levine, a professor of history and economic development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, applies a data-laden sledgehammer to this notion. And while Levine’s report focused primarily on Wisconsin, his critique of the “skills gap” notion has national implications.

Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/14660/the_medias_skills_gap_thesis_is_a_myth/

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‘SILENT GRINDING, BIT BY BIT’: IN THE OCCUPATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

by Jeffery R. Webber, The Bullet

The last two years have seen an explosion of student strikes from Chile to Italy to Quebec. These do not yet account for a full-blown student revolt, but they are seeds of political resistance that are some of the most promising in quite some time. They have been remarkable in their tactical ingenuity, the steadfastness of the student rebels and the militancy of demands for the decommodification of education and the universality of access. The fierceness of the austerity agenda in Britain is opening up a new front in student struggles.

After three weeks, an impressive student occupation at the University of Sussex against the privatization of services on campus is still in full-swing, even expanding, with flash occupations and disruptions of different buildings and events on campus last Friday. On February 28 I sat down with Maia Pal, a leading organizer of the campaign, to discuss its origins and dynamics to date.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/777.php

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SNEAK PREVIEW OF PUBLICATION – “BUILDING ON CRITICAL TRADITIONS: ADULT EDUCATION AND LEARNING IN CANADA”
(Thompson Books, 2013)

Edited by Tom Nesbit, Susan M. Brigham, Nancy Taber, and Tara Gibb

Sample contents (by researchers associated with the Centre for the Study of Education and Work WALL project: http://www.wallnetwork.ca):
– Gay Rights as Human and Civil Rights: Matters of Degree in Culture, Society, and Adult Education (André P. Grace)
– Class and Poverty Matters: The Role of Adult Education in Reproduction and Resistance (Shauna Butterwick)
– Work and Learning: Perspectives from Canadian Adult Educators (Tara Fenwick)
– Equip, Engage, Expand, and Energize: Labour Movement Education (Sue Carter and D’Arcy Martin)

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):
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 http://www.apcol.ca

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

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Posthuman

SRHE DIGITAL UNIVERSITY NETWORK

SRHE Digital University Network

Friday 2 March 2012

9.30 – 12.30 followed by lunch

 

Digital Disaggregation:  Assessing the Uncanny Posthuman

Dr Sian Bayne, School of Education, University of Edinburgh

To learn and teach across multiple digital spaces can be to experience uncertainty, disorientation and fragmentation in both generative and disturbing ways. This presentation will draw on notions of the uncanny and of the posthuman in theorising the ‘strangeness’ of these new modes of being in education. In particular, it will discuss the ways in which assessment practices in online learning can explicitly engage with disaggregation, spectrality and posthuman pedagogy, as critical moves in re-thinking teaching, learning and assessment for the digital mode.

Dr Bayne’s research focuses on the impact of the digital on higher education, museum education and lifelong learning. Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh, she has held awards from the British Academy, the Higher Education Academy, the AHRC and the Royal Society of Edinburgh for a range of projects concerned with the ways in which technological change prompts us to re-think what education is and can be. Dr Bayne is a member of the University of Edinburgh Digital Cultures and Education research group (http://www.education.ed.ac.uk/dice/), Programme Co-Director of the University of Edinburgh MSc in E-learning (http://www.education.ed.ac.uk/e-learning/), and Associate Dean (digital scholarship) for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Edinburgh (http://www.digital.hss.ed.ac.uk/).

 

Education as Sociomaterial Practices – Posthuman Frontiers for Educational Technology

Professor Tara Fenwick, School of Education, University of Stirling
The materiality of everyday interaction is too often ignored, dismissed, or isolated in educational research. Objects and technologies are often assumed to be separate and distinct from human desire and action, in ways that lead to other unhelpful distinctions between virtual and real, designers and users, and knowledge and action. In this presentation I argue for a different configuration, showing how the social and material not only are entangled in assemblages of the human and nonhuman, but also constitute the practices and knowings that comprise education. Sociomaterial analyses trace how and why particular practices and knowledges in educational processes become naturalized or stabilised, what is holding them together, what is excluded and what inequities are created. Capacities for action are more-than-human, they are relational, distributed, and enacted through particular dynamic assemblages. This is a posthuman, not anti-human approach – a sociomaterial sensibility opens radical new questions and imaginative possibilities for education and educational technology.
Professor Fenwick has written extensively about theories of learning and gender in relation to work practices and education, most recently focusing on what some call ‘socio-material’ theories, particularly actor-network theory and complexity sciences. Her book Learning Through Experience: Troubling Assumptions and Intersecting Questions (Krieger, 2003) was granted the 2004 Cyril Houle Award of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education for Outstanding Contribution to Adult Education Literature. Recent large projects funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council include (1) an examination of older professionals’ informal learning and its relation to aging and generational issues; (2) a study exploring knowledge networks and practices of ‘portfolio’ workers (independent and mobile professionals who work with multiple employers and organizations simultaneously); and (3) a participatory research project studying social responsibility learning among small business owners, including professional firms. Her current project with Canadian colleagues Kathryn Church, Elizabeth Lange, Taylor Webb is comparing knowledge-creation practices of nurses, social workers and teachers in changing organizations, using an activity theory framework.

 

Event booking details

To reserve a place at this seminar please register at: www.eventdotorg.co.uk/events.asp

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.

 

Yours sincerely

Francois Smit, SRHE Event Manager

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Telephone 0207 427 2350; Fax number 0207 278 1135; srheoffice@srhe.ac.uk; http://www.srhe.ac.uk

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

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Morelia Cathedral

SECOND MARXISM AND PSYCHOLOGY CONFERENCE

*Morelia, Mexico, 9-12 August 2012*
*Conference website*: http://marxpsyconference.teocripsi.com/index.php
*Abstract submission deadline: 15 March, 2012*
*Key-speakers and special participants include: Guillermo Delahanty, Anup Dhar, Fernando González-Rey, Raquel Guzzo, Grahame Hayes**, **Lois Holzman**, **Gordana Jovanovic, Lynne Layton, Athanasios Marvakis, Raúl Páramo-Ortega, Hans Skott Myhre, Ian Parker, and Lawrence Wilde.***

Invitation to the Second Marxism and Psychology Conference

On behalf of the organising committee, it is our pleasure to invite you to the *Second Marxism & Psychology Conference*, which will be held from 9 to 12 August 2012, at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, located in Morelia, Michoacán, Western Mexico. Like the first conference in Prince Edward Island, Canada, this second conference aims at bringing activists, students and scholars together to discuss exciting issues at the intersection of Marxism and Psychology.

As contemporary psychology goes through these times of crisis, revolts and protests around the world, we need to reflect again on the significance of Marxism for psychological scholarship and practice. We know that different fields of psychology have already been permeated, questioned, challenged and concerned by Marxist theory and practice during the last century. Currently several scholars and activists recognize the potential for Marxism to transform psychology. A number of them acknowledge the increasing role of Marxist theory and practice in their scientific pursuits and political activities. And many scholars make research on the historical and current positions in the intersection of Marxism with psychology. At present, however, there still are relatively few opportunities for all
these people to exchange their findings and their views on this essential topic.

We believe that this *Second Marxism & Psychology Conference* will be a unique intellectual forum to encounter different and often competing views on Marxism from the different fields of psychology and other disciplines, as well as an excellent opportunity for scholars and activists to meet again and introduce a new generation of psychologists to the Marxist perspective

Conference topic areas include: Marxist Psychology, Marxism and Educational Psychology, Marxism and Clinical Psychology, Marxism and Social Psychology, Marxism and Critical Psychology, Marxism and Psychoanalysis; Marxism, Humanism and Humanistic Psychology; Marxism, Feminism and Psychology; Marxism, Liberation Psychology and Community Psychology; Activity Theory and Cultural Historical Psychology.

The site of the conference, the city of *Morelia*, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center. The Mexican Federal Government lists 1,113 old buildings having historical value, including the impressive cathedral, 4 important monasteries, 3 convents, 4 old colleges, many large churches and palaces, and some buildings of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, the oldest institution of higher education in the New World, founded in 1540 by Vasco de Quiroga. Also in Morelia is the first music conservatory in the Americas, the Conservatorio de las Rosas, established in 1734.

For further information, visit the website of the conference: http://marxpsyconference.teocripsi.com/index.php

If you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact us to: marxpsyconference@gmail.com

Sincerely,
David Pavón Cuéllar and Jorge Mario Flores Osorio

 

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski