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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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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 17th NOVEMBER 2012

EVENTS

FREE SCREENING OF “DEBTOCRACY”

Friday, December 7, 2012
7:30pm until 10:00pm
Centre of Gravity Circus Training Studios
1300 Gerrard Street East, Toronto

Event organized by: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cinema.Politica.Danforth

“Debtocracy” (Greek: hreokratía) seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions sidelined by the government and the dominant media.

Aris Chatzistefanou and Katerina Kitidi discuss with economists, journalists and intellectuals from all over the world, who describe the steps that led Greece to the current debt trap – to debtocracy. The documentary follows the course of countries like Ecuador, which created Audit Commissions, and tracks the similar process in Greece.

Debtocracy features the academics David Harvey, Samir Amin, Costas Lapavitsas and Gerard Dumenil; the philosopher Alain Badiou; the head of Ecuador’s Audit Commission Hugo Arias; the president of CADTM Eric Toussaint; journalists like Canadian Avi Lewis (co-creator of the documentary “The Take”) and Jean Quatremer; as well as public figures like Manolis Glezos and Sahra Wagenknecht (from the German party Die Linke).

To be followed by a panel discussion!

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BOOK LAUNCH OF “MONSTERS OF THE MARKET: ZOMBIES, VAMPIRES AND GLOBAL CAPITALISM”

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
7:30pm
The Gladstone Hotel (in the Ballroom)
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

A night to celebrate the launch (in paperback) of David McNally’s “Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism” and the book’s receipt of the 2012 Deutscher Prize. With MCs Faria Kamal and Alan Sears, remarks from Himani Bannerji and talk and short reading by David.

Drawing on folklore, literature and popular culture, this book links tales of monstrosity from England to recent vampire- and zombie-fables from sub-Saharan Africa, and it connects these to Marx’s persistent use of monster-metaphors in his descriptions of capitalism. Reading across these tales of the grotesque, McNally offers a novel account of the cultural economy of the global market-system.

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BOOK LAUNCH & PUBLIC LECTURE – “SEX, RACE AND CLASS: THE PERSPECTIVE OF WINNING (A SELECTION OF WRITINGS 1952-2011)”

Monday Nov. 26
7:00 p.m.
George Ignatieff Theatre
Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto

In 1972, Selma James set out a new political perspective. Her starting point was the millions of unwaged women who, working in the home and on the land, were not seen as “workers” and their struggles viewed as outside of the class struggle.

For James, the class struggle presents itself as the conflict between the reproduction and survival of the human race, and the domination of the market with its exploitation, wars, and ecological devastation. She sums up her strategy for change as “Invest in Caring not Killing.”

This selection, spanning almost six decades, traces the development of this perspective in the course of building an international campaigning network.

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CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: TORONTO

November 24-25, 2012
2:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave., Toronto
   
Take in a series of labour-related films at CLiFF-Toronto, a film festival that seeks to tell the stories of workers (unionised and non-unionised) and those who seek justice on the job and dignity in their workplace. The festival is platform for stories that have been made into films, but cannot find an audience beyond the film makers’ own circle of influence.

The film We Are Wisconsin (http://wearewisconsinthefilm.com/) will be playing on Saturday, November 24.

Additional films are also being shown on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Download the program for a full list of films and for alternate locations: http://labourfilms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/TorontoProgram22OctB.pdf

Further details are available on the CLiFF website: http://labourfilms.ca/

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TALK: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE NEW ATTACK ON CANADIAN UNIONS

Monday, Dec. 3
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Ross Bldg., Room S674 (Verney Room)
York University, Toronto

With Andrew Jackson, Packer Chair for Social Justice, York University

Part of “Dispatches from the Global Labour Movement” series, sponsored by York University’s:
– The Centre for Research on Work and Society
– Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy
– Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work
– Work and Labour Studies Program
– The Department of Political Science
– The Department of Social Science

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NEWS & VIEWS

CHORUS OF WARNINGS GROW: ‘SAY NO TO US AUSTERITY’

by Common Dreams staff

As President Obama and Washington lawmakers embarked on fiscal negotiations to address federal budget concerns and the impacts of a stubborn economic recovery, nearly 350 prominent economists, under the banner “Jobs, Not Austerity,” issued a statement warning that the “obsessive concern with cutting deficits that has infected both parties” is a serious threat to making sound economic policy decisions in Washington.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/11/16-7

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TOP LABOUR STORIES THIS WEEK: FROM EUROPE’S GENERAL STRIKE TO MIGRANT WORKERS’ PLIGHT IN CANADA

by Lori Theresa Waller, rabble.ca

It’s been a significant week for the labour movement worldwide, with an unprecedented multi-national general strike yesterday in Europe. So we feel like it’s an appropriate time for us to launch a new weekly feature, recapping the top stories from the labour movement. Each week top labour
stories will be compiled and summarized by our new labour reporter, Lori Theresa Waller. If you have a suggestion for next week’s list, contact lori@rabble.ca

 

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2012/11/labour-news-round-weeks-top-stories

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VIDEO: LARRY ROUSSEAU AT OFL EQUITY CONFERENCE

by rabbleTV

Larry Rousseau speaks at Ontario Federation of Labour’s Equity Conference
9-11 November 2012.

Watch the video: http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2012/11/best-net/larry-rousseau-ofl-equity-conference

For more information, please visit http://ofl.ca/index.php/equity2012/ and http://psac-ncr.com

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HOW CHICAGO TEACHERS GOT ORGANIZED TO STRIKE  

by Labor Notes

The seven-day Chicago Teachers Union strike in September beat back a mayor bent on imposing very bad “education reforms.” But how? The win was possible because of years of patient organizing, focused on getting members to step up.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2012/10/how-chicago-teachers-got-organized-strike
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INTERNS, UNITE! (YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE – LITERALLY)

by Greig de Peuter, Nicole Cohen, Enda Brophy, Briarpatch Magazine If decent, full-time work is getting harder to come by, the same can’t be said for internships, whether unpaid or barely paid.

Unpaid interns frequently perform work that used to be done by entry-level paid staff, and are also denied access to labour protections and benefits extended to traditional workers. More importantly, few people can afford to work for free. If doing an unpaid internship persists as an obligatory rung on today’s shaky career ladder, the professions drawing on this system will be transformed to favour those from wealthier backgrounds. Beyond parents (not all of whom can remortgage to support their 22-year-old’s cashless gig in an expensive city), subsidies come from personal loans or part-time jobs. “Paying your dues” is a lazy cliché rather than an ethical argument for why it’s acceptable for young people to donate their labour. From street protests to online campaigns, the emerging intern activism is one part of the wider effort by fresh actors to reformat labour politics for precarious times.

Read the full story here: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/interns-unite-you-have-nothing-to-lose-literally

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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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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

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

 

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

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

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The Individuality Pr♥test: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transcontinental/the-individuality-prtest

 

I Love Transcontinental: http://ihearttranscontinental.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Debt 3

LONDON PREMIERE OF ‘DEBTOCRACY’

… The documentary which captured the start of a revolution!
Tuesday, 5 July, 6pm
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London
Hosted by Research on Money and Finance Group : www.researchonmoneyandfinance.org 

“… the samizdat of Greek debt” – The Guardian

Downloaded by millions of citizens in Greece and across Europe, ‘Debtocracy’ is spreading like wildfire.  The film seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions – solutions hidden by the governments of Europe and the dominant media.  This is a unique opportunity to see the film, and to participate in a discussion with the filmmakers and other experts on the crisis.

– Aris Chatzistefanou, Director of Debtocracy
– Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics, SOAS
– Andrew Burgin, Coalition of Resistance
Chaired by: Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign

Entry will be on a first-come first-serve basis as space allows.  Entry is free, but the organisers will be asking for contributions to assist in covering the travel costs of the filmmakers.

Read a Red Pepper interview with director Aris Chatzistefanou:
http://www.redpepper.org.uk/greece-no-tahrir-here/ 

Read a Guardian comment by Costas Lapavitsas on the Greek crisis: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/21/greek-exit-strategy-bailout-default

For directions: http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/
For more on the film:  http://www.debtocracy.gr/indexen.html

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