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HOW PUBLIC IS PUBLIC EDUCATION?

TRED Conference 2014

How Public is Public Education?

Call for Proposals
The Transformative Researchers and Educators for Democracy (TRED) will be holding its third Annual Conference, “How Public is Public Education?”, November 14 and 15, 2014, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Founded in 2011, UMass Dartmouth’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies has grown to four cohorts of future transformative leaders. Ph.D. and Ed.D. candidates in the program have sought to provide a public space for educational researchers and practitioners to engage in critical and transformative dialogues. Through forums, presentation sessions, panel discussions, and informal gatherings, TRED continues its ambition to place the discussion of educational leadership and policy within the dynamics of ideological production that reflect existing power imbalances that perpetuate inequalities within society.

The theme of the 2014 conference, How Public is Public Education?, reflects the critical elements within and beyond the field of education that need to be discussed, heard, and analyzed as we search for solutions. Professors, students, educational leaders, and the public are all welcome to submit proposals and to attend the conference.

Submitting Proposals

Proposals can be submitted to TREDconf@umassd.edu
If you have any questions, please contact us at TREDconf@umassd.edu
Like us on Facebook and look for any new information at Facebook.com/TRED.UMassD
ALL PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY: Tuesday September 30th 2014.

Guidelines

TRED will be accepting presentation proposals for papers, symposiums, and research-in-progress roundtables. Upon submission of your proposal, please identify it to one of the following strands:
A. K-12; charter schools, innovation schools
B. Higher Education; adjunct faculty, campus based women’s, gender and cultural centers
C. Public Policy; Race to the Top, high-stakes standardized testing
PAPERS
Paper sessions provide individuals an opportunity to present a condensed version of their study. The research may focus on, but is not limited to, a question from an empirical or theoretical perspective. After all papers within a session have been presented, those in attendance will have the opportunity to dialogue with panelists.
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS ROUNDTABLE
Roundtable sessions are to open critical and insightful dialogue from colleagues familiar with a subject matter to support a developing study. Roundtables will be organized and led by a facilitator.
SYMPOSIUM
Symposiums consist of an integrated set of presentations with a similar topic as the focal point. This format of presenting will be limited to at least three, but no more than five, presentations. The proposal should identify who will be lead discussant or organizer, and, upon review, a TRED committee member may be named as the chair. Proposal Requirements (For all submissions)
1. Cover Page
a. Title
b. Researcher(s)
c. Contact Information
d. Organization/University
e. Panel Category
2. Abstract(300 word limit, not included in 1,000 word limit for proposal)
3. Individual Proposal (1,000 word limit)
a. Presenters (Identify who is the main contact person)
b. Theoretical Framework and Connections to Conference Theme;
c. Purpose;
d. Research Design/Methods;
e. Conclusion/Findings;
f. References
4. Symposium Group Proposal (1,500 word limit)
a. A common objective or theme should be outlined, providing perspectives on the particular topic.
i. 1-2 paragraphs in which the purpose of the symposium and connections among presenter paper’s is defined;
ii. Overview of each paper being presented including: methods, theoretical framework, research topic, and findings;
iii. Briefly describe the format and structure of the symposium
*If your symposium proposal is accepted, only the first author will be notified, and the first author is responsible for notifying all other co-authors*

For questions or comments, please contact
TREDconf@umassd.edu

TRED: http://www.umassd.edu/educationalleadership/delevents/tredconference/

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn_Rikowski?ev=hdr_xprf

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

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

 

Faith Agostinone-Wilson

Faith Agostinone-Wilson

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 4th AUGUST 2013

EVENTS

CHARLIE ANGUS AT WORD ON THE STREET

Attention Toronto book fans! Charlie Angus, author of the 2013 book “Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War” will be speaking at the Toronto Word on the Street Festival, Sunday, September 28th. Time TBA. Admission is free.

About the book: For twenty-two years politicians and businessmen pushed for the Adams Mine landfill as a solution to Ontario’s garbage disposal crisis. This plan to dump millions of tonnes of waste into the fractured pits of the Adams Mine prompted five separate civil resistance campaigns by a rural region of 35,000 in Northern Ontario. Unlikely Radicals traces the compelling history of the First Nations people and farmers, environmentalists and miners, retirees and volunteers, Anglophones and Francophones who stood side by side to defend their community with mass demonstrations, blockades, and non-violent resistance.

Watch the Unlikely Radicals video book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=133R4jUiXQ4

Order the book: http://www.btlbooks.com/book/unlikely-radicals

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HEALTHIER CITIES AND COMMUNITIES SYMPOSIUM

October 23-24, 2013
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
155 College Street
Toronto, ON

Call for Participation

We will hold a one-day symposium to learn about and celebrate community action, education, and research, oriented to improving health and well-being in cities and communities, locally and beyond. The keynote speaker is Trevor Hancock, a scholar and advocate on healthier cities for over 20 years and we seek to have a mix of presentations on exciting research and practice, and open space time for discussion.

We seek your input to contribute to shaping the symposium. Through the symposium, you will have the opportunity to:
– identify and address ‘burning questions’ arising from your work and mutual interests in solutions-focused research and practice for healthier cities and communities
– interact with and learn from others engaged in work aimed at improving urban and community health
– shape the development, priorities and focus of the Healthier Cities and Communities thematic concentration in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
– join or initiate new ‘constellations’ of focused interest on specific topics and/or burning questions (subgroups driven by the interest and enthusiasm of members)

We are currently requesting proposals for participation in the symposium in the form of presentations. If you are interested in learning more about this process, please contact us by filling out the contact form here: http://healthiercitiessymposium2013.wordpress.com/

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AN EVENING WITH PULITZER PRIZE JOURNALIST, AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST CHRIS HEDGES

Friday September 20th, 2013
Doors: 7:00pm
Event: 7:30pm
Bloor United Church
300 Bloor Street W—Toronto

Introductions by Simon Black and CAW Economist Jim Stanford
Q & A moderated by Punam Khosla
This is an accessible event.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and writer Chris Hedges will be speaking about his experience with the on-the-ground reportage and writing of days of destruction, days of revolt as he travelled to depressed pockets of the United States to report on recession-era America. What follows is a terrifying glimpse of the future for America and the nations that follow its lead — a future that will be avoided with nothing short of revolution. This publication addresses occupy Wall Street in Hedges’s first book since the international protests began.

Tickets $20. Available online now at: Canadian Dimension: http://canadiandimension.com/store/item/5394/
Eventbrite: http://chrishedges.eventbrite.ca/

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BOOK LAUNCH: “FEAR OF A BLACK NATION: RACE, SEX, AND SECURITY IN SIXTIES MONTREAL”

Thursday, August 8, 2013
7:00pm
A Different Booklist
746 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON

Join us on August 8 as David Austin launches his new book “Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex and Security in Sixties Montreal”.

In the 1960s, for at least a brief moment, Montreal became what seemed an unlikely centre of Black Power and the Caribbean left. In October 1968 the Congress of Black Writers at McGill University brought together well-known Black thinkers and activists from Canada, the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean—people like C.L.R. James, Stokely Carmichael, Miriam Makeba, Rocky Jones, and Walter Rodney. Within months of the Congress, a Black-led protest at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) exploded on the front pages of newspapers across the country—raising state security fears about Montreal as the new hotbed of international Black radical politics.

David Austin is the editor of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James. He is a community organizer and teaches in the Humanities, Philosophy, and Religion Department at John Abbott College, Montreal.

For more info: http://adifferentbooklist.com/i/1188585/fearblacknation.jpg

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE WAR ON PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS: NEW UNIONS, NEW ALLIANCES, NEW POLITICS

By Michael D. Yates, The Bullet

The U.S. working-class was slow to respond to the hard times it faced during and after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Finally, however, in February, 2011, workers in Wisconsin began the famous uprising that electrified the country, revolting in large numbers against Governor Scott Walker’s efforts to destroy the state’s public employee labour unions.

A few months later, the Occupy Wall Street movement, which supported many working-class efforts, spread from New York City to the rest of the nation and the world. Then, in September 2012, Chicago’s public school teachers struck, in defiance of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to destroy the teachers’ union and put the city’s schools firmly on the path of neoliberal austerity and privatization.

These three rebellions shared the growing awareness that economic and political power in the United States are firmly in the hands of a tiny minority of fantastically wealthy individuals whose avarice knows no bounds. These titans of finance want to eviscerate working men and women, making them as insecure as possible and wholly dependent on the dog-eat-dog logic of the marketplace, while at the same time converting any and all aspects of life into opportunities for capital accumulation.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/854.php

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DEMOCRATIC AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS: TRAINING THE TRAINER WORKSHOP MANUAL

The Ontario Federation of Labour has produced a handy training manual for running workshops on democratic and economic rights through the prism of labour activism. The workshop aims to give interested labour activists the tools to teach people in their networks and communities about their rights and, what is more, participants will also learn how they can organize their own seminars. We can only nurture our communities and foster progressive change is we all take on the challenge of being both teachers and students. Knowledge sharing and popular education are invaluable. Thanks to this OFL workshop those of us without teaching experience can get in on the game!

Download the manual: http://ofl.ca/wp-content/uploads/DemocraticRights-TrainingNotesSpring2013.pdf

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IN NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE, NEW YORKERS STAGE STEALTH
SIT-IN

By Sarah Jaffe, In These Times

A group of about 20 well-dressed people huddled on a street corner at lunchtime in Midtown Manhattan, receiving last-minute instructions from a tattooed organizer in a Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) shirt.

They were about to take part in a national day of action for a higher federal minimum wage, with rallies in 15 states and 22 cities. Targets include low-wage employers such as Wal-Mart, fast food restaurants, car washes, airports and other restaurants. The actions are focused on a push for the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). This bill would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and index it to inflation, and raise the subminimum wage for tipped workers as well.

But many of the worker organizations that joined today’s [July 24] action are interested in moving beyond just a minimum-wage increase—like Fast Food Forward, New York’s wing of the national fast-food worker organizing campaign, which has consistently called for a $15-an-hour wage and union recognition for the workers.

Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/15353/in_national_day_of_action_to_raise_minimum_wage_new_yorkers_stage_sit_in/

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DAVID ROVICS UPDATE: INTO A PRISM

American singer-songwriter David Rovics has just released Into a Prism, a collection of 15 new songs. It’s named after the NSA global spying program revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. In addition to the title song (“Prism”)  Rovics skewers Barack Obama and other bought-off politicians, attacks (with characteristic wit) American chauvinism and cultural imperialism, and celebrates heroes like exiled African-American activist Assata Shakur and Vasili Arkhipov, the Soviet submarine commander who literally saved the world during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Rovics has an impressive ability to balance righteous indignation with compassion and ironic humour. He excels at incorporating historical events into his songs and making them relevant. Into a Prism is an acoustic album, and the artist’s voice and guitar work are in fine form. Why is this guy not headlining the summer folk festivals? For info: http://davidrovics.bandcamp.com

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CANADA: BILLIONS IN PROFIT, CUTS FOR LOCAL WORKERS, SCAB-BREWED BEER FOR NEWFOUNDLANDERS AND LABRADORIANS!

By LabourStart

The war to set global labour standards in the brewing industry is being fought in the Canadian city of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

On one side, the Canadian division of the world’s largest (and very profitable) brewing corporation, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). On the other, one of the global giant’s smallest and most vulnerable local unions in what appears to be an attempt to establish a pattern of concessions and roll-backs that the corporation could then try to impose on all of its other unionized workers around the world.

The workers, who are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public Employees (NAPE/NUPGE), have been on strike since April 10. Before they were in a legal position to exercise their right to strike, the company attempted to force the workers to train the scabs who are now doing their jobs.

Please write to AB InBev and demand that they treat their workers, and their workers’ communities, with fairness and respect. To send a message to AB InBev, visit: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1867&src=derekmailing

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JOBS/INTERNSHIPS

PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND LABOR RELATIONS, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations, has one of the world’s leading faculties in the field of Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER). The LSER Department is soliciting applications for one or two tenure-track professor positions. One position will be at the assistant and the other, which depends on available funding, is at the assistant or associate professor level. While we are particularly interested in scholars with a specialization in the labor market and work experiences of ethnic and racial minorities, Latin American employment relations, employment relations in sports and entertainment, social movements or political economy/institutional labor economics, we are open to other areas of study in the broad fields of labor studies and employment relations. We are seeking a broadly trained scholar who is an excellent researcher and can teach graduate and undergraduate level courses – both on and off campus in the relevant field of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and who can contribute to our continuing education and/or online courses. The positions are expected to begin September 2014.

For more info, visit http://smlr.rutgers.edu/labor-and-employment-relations
Applications should be submitted no later than October 15, 2013 to Ms. Laura Walkoviak at law@work.rutgers.edu; however, the positions will remain open until filled.

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MAYWORKS FESTIVAL JOB OPENING: FUNDRAISER POSITION

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class culture. Founded in 1986 by the Labour Arts Media Committee of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Mayworks is Canada’s largest and oldest labour arts festival. The Festival was built on the premise that workers and artists share a common struggle for decent wages, healthy working conditions and a living culture. Mayworks’ goal is to promote the interests of cultural workers and trade unionists, and to bring working-class culture from the margins of cultural activity onto centre stage.

Mayworks Festival is seeking a Fundraiser for 9 months beginning October 1, 2013, who will have the following responsibilities:
– Work with the Festival Director, board and Fundraising Committee to implement a fundraising plan and strategy
– Responsible for the production of the yearly private donor (labour movement and individual/membership) fundraising campaigns
– Act as the liaison with private donors and do follow-up telephone calls to potential contributors
– Create, with assistance from the staff and board, private donor prospect lists
– Sell program advertising in the Mayworks program guide
– Keep clear records of all donations and responses and provide these to the Festival Director as requested
– Submit a final fundraising report to the board including accounts receivable and an updated version of the fundraising database
– Other related duties as assigned

Start Date: October 1, 2013, training ongoing

Rate of pay: $25.90 per hour

Term Position: 9 months for a total of 275 hours, temporary replacement and non-permanent, with contract ending June 30, 2014

Union Membership:  Mayworks is a unionized workplace as a sublocal of CUPE 1281.  This temporary position is in the bargaining unit for 9 months, and the person hired will become a dues-paying member who is eligible for all of the rights, benefits and protections included in the Collective Agreement.

Please send in your application by August 31, 2013, end of business day via email to applicants.mayworks@gmail.com

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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=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a 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

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRITICAL EDUCATION

MAY 15-17th 2013

University of Ankara, Turkey

 

Conference website: http://icce-2013.org/

 

Supporting Institutions

University of Ankara (Turkey)

(UNION) KESK (Turkey)

(UNION) Eğitim Sen (Turkey)

Çankaya Municipality (Turkey)

Association of Adult Education (Turkey)

 

Supporting Journals

Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies (UK)

KRITIKI: International Journal for Critical Science & Education (Greece)

Radical Notes (India)

Eleştirel Pedagoji (Turkey)

Cultural Logic (USA/Canada)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Abstract Submission: 1st March 2013

Accepted Papers announced on 15th March 2013

 

Education Under Siege by Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism

Neoliberal and neoconservative educational politics have significantly been damaging education all over the World. Public education is regarded as old fashioned, private schools and a variety of types of education have been presented as an ideal model, schools and the students are now in a more competitive relationship, public education has been losing its status as a social right as a result of relationships with the market, and the state is rapidly losing its social character in the face of these developments. It leads us to rethink education given problems such as the education becoming less democratic, less secular and losing its scientific character; becoming more conservative and capital oriented and becoming less concerned with- in fact- detrimental to- issues of equality and critique. In rethinking education, the critical education movement takes an important role in creating new horizons and strategies against the global attack of capital.

The International Conference on Critical Education, which was held in Athens for first meetings, provides a base for the academics, teachers and intellectuals who are interested in the subject to come together in order to overcome obstacles for public education. Therefore, in the age where education is under siege by neoliberalism and neoconservatism, we invite you to the IIIrd International Conference on Critical Education to reflect on the theory and practice of critical education and to contribute to the field.

On behalf of the organising committee, 

Professor Dr. Meral UYSAL 
University of Ankara, Faculty of Educational Sciences
Department of Life Long Learning and Adult Education

 

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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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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/

 

 

Rouge Forum

Rouge Forum

ROUGE FORUM DISPATCH – 16th DECEMBER 2012

Dear Friends

The Dispatch is updated here http://www.richgibson.com/blog/

The Dispatch goes on hiatus until the new year.

Please remember the Rouge Forum Conference 2013.

Winning the Class Struggle Against Corporate Education Reform

Call for Proposals: http://rougeforumconference.wordpress.com/rouge-forum-2013/call-for-proposals-rf-2013/
May 16-19, 2012
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

Rouge Forum 2013 Call for Proposals

The core issue of our time is the clash of the real promise for perpetual war and booming inequality met by the potential of connecting reason to power with organized mass class conscious resistance in schools, on the job, in communities, and in the military … and what you do counts!

The Rouge Forum brings together academic presentations and panel discussions, performances, community building, and cultural events. This conference will center on such questions as:

* Overall, what do we need to know and what do we need to do to win against corporate education reform in our classrooms?

* In what ways are our classrooms, schools, universities, unions, etc. occupied by capitalism, the military, racism, inequality?

* And what do these occupations demand from us pedagogically? What are the obstacles that must be overcome to achieve democratic education?

* What can we learn from Wisconsin 2011, the Occupy Movement, and the Chicago Teacher’s Strike to make us smarter and stronger in our struggle against corporate education reform?

* How do we educate to liberate ourselves from the impact of empire? How do we push back against the imperializing of our classrooms and communities?

* How do we occupy our classrooms, schools universities, and unions and communities in an effort to create education that is in the public interests?

Calling on artists … Pop up radical art gallery would be for artists to submit 2-3 D pieces that they can bring with them to the conference to display as part of an opening or Friday / Saturday night reception activity.

Good luck to our side,
Rich Gibson

 

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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/

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

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THE ROUGE FORUM 2012

Dear Friends,

The Rouge Forum Dispatch is updated here  http://www.richgibson.com/blog/

And please note fhe Announcement of the 2012 Rouge Forum Conference and call for proposals. Join us!

Call for Proposals

Rouge Forum 2012
OCCUPY EDUCATION! Class Conscious Pedagogies for Social Change
June  22-24, 2012
Miami University
Oxford, OH

Proposals Due April 15, 2012

The Rouge Forum 2012 will be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The University’s picturesque campus is located 50 minutes northwest of Cincinnati. The conference will be held June 22-24, 2012.

Proposals for papers, panels, performances, workshops, and other multimedia presentations should include title(s) and names and contact information for presenter(s). The deadline for sending proposals is April 15.  The Steering Committee will email acceptance notices by May 1.

Bringing together academic presentations and performances (from some of the most prominent voices for democratic, critical, and/or revolutionary pedagogy), panel discussions, community-building, and cultural events, this action-oriented conference will center on questions such as:
* How are we bringing the principles and actions of the Occupy Wall Street movement into the classroom and other venues such as unions and workplaces?
* In what ways are our classrooms, schools, universities, unions, etc. occupied by capitalism, the military, racism, and inequality? And what do these occupations demand from us pedagogically?
* How do (or can) we occupy our classrooms, schools, universities, and unions in an effort to create education that is in the public interest? How do we, as educators, resist imperialist wars, rising inequalities, racism, capitalist greed? How do we support and foster students’ critical analysis of the world and their agency to act and change the world?
* What can we learn from ongoing and past popular protest movements (e.g., OWS, Arab Spring, Wisconsin 2011, Paris 1968; 1971 May Day Protests) that will strategically and tactically advance efforts to create education for a more equitable and just world?
* How do we take the Occupy metaphor and actions to the next level? What would it mean to TAKE or SEIZE rather than OCCUPY?
* Do we want to “save our schools” as they are now? Indeed: Are the current public schools “our” schools? How can we transform so-called public schools into schools that serve the interests and needs of the majority?
* What does teaching and learning for an equitable and democratic society look like? What are the obstacles that must be overcome to achieve democratic education?

SUBMISSIONS

Proposal Formats

Individual Proposal: (30 minutes)
The Rouge Forum welcomes individual paper proposals, with the understanding that those accepted will be grouped together around common or overlapping themes, Presenters will have approximately 45 minutes to present or summarize their individual papers.  Individual paper submissions will be considered for panels with the same topic/theme. If you would prefer to present your paper/research individually you should consider the alternative format proposal. A 200-500 word abstract of the paper will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Symposium Proposal: (90 minutes)
Presenters are also welcomed to submit proposals for a symposium. A symposium is typically composed of a chair and discussant and three to five participants who present or summarize their papers.  Each symposium is organized around a common theme.  Each participant will have between 15 and 45 minutes to present their papers, depending upon the number of participants involved in the symposium. A 200-500 word abstract of the symposium will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference

Panel Proposal: (90 minutes)
A panel discussion is another venue available presenters. A panel discussion is typically composed of three to six participants who discuss their scholarly work within the context of a dialogue or conversation on a topic or theme related to the conference theme. Typically, each panelist is given 10-15 minutes to discuss the topic, present theoretical ideas, and/or point to relevant research. A chair should be identified who introduces the panel and frames the issues and questions being addressed.  In addition to the chair, we encourage (but do not require) organizers of panels to name a discussant to the comments of the panelists. Individual proposal submissions will be combined into panels with the same theme/topic. A 200-500 word abstract of the panel discussion will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Alternative Format and Special Interest Groups (90 minutes)
Alternative proposals that do not fit into the above categories, such as workshops, performances, video and multimedia presentations, and round-table dialogues, are encouraged.  We also welcome proposals for the organization of special interest groups. A 150-250 word abstract of the panel discussion will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Email proposals to Joe Wegwert (Joe.Wegwert@nau.edu) by April 15, 2012.

Good luck to our side,
RICH GIBSON

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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)

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

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘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

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

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

Lockdown High

LOCKDOWN HIGH – ANNETTE FUENTES

Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse

By Annette Fuentes

This book is a riveting report on the overblown fear of violence that turns American schools into prisons and students into suspects.

In the dozen years since the shootings at Columbine High School, hysteria has distorted the media’s coverage of school violence and American schools’ responses to it. School violence has actually been falling steadily throughout the last decade, and yet schools across the country have never been more preoccupied with security.

This climate of fear has created ripe conditions for the imposition of unprecedented restrictions on young people’s rights, dignity, and educational freedoms. In what many call the school-to-prison pipeline, the policing and practices of the juvenile justice system increasingly infiltrate the schoolhouse. These “Zero tolerance” measures push the most vulnerable and academically needy students out of the classroom and into harm’s way.

Investigative reporter Annette Fuentes visits schools across America and finds metal detectors and drug tests for aspirin, police profiling of students with no records, arbitrary expulsions, teachers carrying guns, increased policing, and all-seeing electronic surveillance. She also reveals the many industries and “experts” who have vested interests in perpetuating the Lockdown High model. Her moving stories will astonish and anger readers, as she makes the case that the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society with an unhealthy fixation on crime, security and violence.

Verso Books: http://www.versobooks.com/books/555-lockdown-high

Reviews

“[The] penetration of prison culture into daily life and particularly schools has been brilliantly traced by USwriter Annette Fuentes in Lockdown High” –– Bidisha, Guardian

“[A] well-argued book … packed with the anecdotally eye-catching and hard, persuasive data. Fuentes’s detailed and daunting investigation … is a wakeup call.” –– Publishers Weekly

“Examples of zero-tolerance policies taken to absurd levels are attention-grabbing, but the real story, spelled out [in Lockdown High] with clarity and a touch of anger, is a disturbing one that should concern members of school boards, principals, teachers and parents. ” –– Kirkus Reviews

“[A] chilling report … extremely well-written.” — Library Journal

“Lockdown High is a wake up call for Americans who care about how schools treat children and young people … This book is a must read for school boards, school administrators and parents.” –– Rodney Skager

“Fuentes’ style is smart and accessible, her material both revelatory and relevant—it’s not only parents who will stay up late reading Lockdown High, but anyone interested in where we are headed.” –– Nell Bernstein

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THE POLITICS OF EQUALITY: AN INTRODUCTION

Now in print from Zed Books: The Politics of Equality – An Introduction, by Jason C. Myers
See: http://www.zedbooks.co.uk/book.asp?bookdetail=4389

Why are socialists, communists and social democrats concerned with the distribution of wealth? Why do they place so much importance on public goods such as education and health care? To what extent does democracy matter to socialist ideologies?

In The Politics of Equality, Jason C. Myers sheds new light on questions like this, providing a readable, contemporary introduction to egalitarian political philosophy. Concentrating on ideas and values rather than on the rise and fall of parties and movements, the book offers crucial insights into a vital tradition of political thought and how it is key to our understanding of contemporary debates from Obama’s plans for a national health care programme to the recent global wave of economic state regulation.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in constructing a more just society.

Jason C. Myers is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Stanislaus. He is the author of Indirect Rule in South Africa (University of Rochester Press), as well as numerous articles on ideology and political theory. 

Praise for The Politics of Equality

‘Myers’ Politics of Equality is a thoughtful, learned, simply-written attempt to revive a strain of political theory generally considered refuted by events: communism, socialism, social democracy, and related theories of social equality. It is, perhaps, time for such an attempt. No important political theory remains refuted for long–certainly not by events. Myers’ contributes to the revival of social-egalitarian theory in three ways: a) by making a strong case for the attractiveness of the ideal (a society of equal freedom); b) by suggesting reasonable means to approach that ideal; and c) perhaps most important, by pointing out how little the events of the la st hundred years actually count against either the ideal or the means he suggests. It’s a book that should enliven a discussion dead for too long, as good for the classroom as for circulation among thinking classes.’ – Michael Davis, Illinois Institute of Technology

‘Overuse has made it easy to forget the transformative, everyday makeup of concepts like “freedom” and “justice.” But the fabric of modern life (the 8 hour workday; vacations, public schools, sidewalks, safe food and water) is a legislated, created product, no less a result of human design than a building or a city. The Politics of Equality offers a readable entry into the history of egalitarian political theories invaluable for students of political science, economics, or anyone interested in how id eas are transformed into politics – and eventually, reality.’ – John Bowe, Author of Nobodies: Modern Slave Labor in America

‘Jason Myers’ The Politics of Equality is insightful, historically informed, and ideologically balanced, a commanding discourse on the theory and practice of democracy.’ – Michael Parenti, author of Contrary Notions and God and His Demons

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Privatization

THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC SPACE? RESISTING ENCLOSURE

Neoliberalism continues to transform public space in geographically uneven and variegated ways, with far reaching and profound consequences.  On the first day, the conference will provide context for various means of privatization and elaborate on language and visions for discussing this issue.  On the second day, workshops will bring together students, activists, artists, and organizations engaged in imagining and practicing new and creative means of resistance to the new round of enclosures taking place on a global scale.

Day 1 Conference: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City

9:00 a.m. Introduction and Welcome – Setha Low, President; William P. Kelly; and Provost Chase F. Robinson of CUNY Graduate Center

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Privatization of Public Space: Historical and Contemporary New York City – with Sharon Zukin, Gregory Smithsimon, Andrew Newman

Break

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Reconsidering Privatization: Neoliberal Strategies, Securitization and Privacy – with Kevin Ward, Setha Low, Kurt Iveson

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Beyond Public and Private: Privatization and the Global Fiscal Crisis – with Neil Smith, Katherine Verdery, Bill McKinney

Break

4-5:30 Visions of the Future: Race, Class and Gender – with Mindy Fullilove, David Harvey, Cindi Katz

5:30-6:00 p.m.

Wrap up and further discussion

6:00-7:00 p.m. Reception

Day 2 Workshops: Thursday, April 22, 2010 Rooms 5414 and 5409 (5th Floor) CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City

To RSVP for Day 2, find us on Facebook (search “resisting enclosure”) or RSVP by sending an email to resistingenclosure@riseup.net! RSVP is not require d for entrance but helps us make sure we accommodate everyone! (Please include any special needs information.)

9:00 a.m.  Registration

9:30 a.m. Opening discussion, with David Harvey

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Workshop 1:  Anti-Gentrification and Community Self-Determination, with CAAAV’s Chinatown Tenants Union and Picture the Homeless Workshop 2:  Artistic Interruptions in Everyday Life, with Dara Greenwald, Manu Sachdeva, Jeff Stark and Jordan Seiler

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on site)

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Workshop 3:  Neoliberalism, Securitization and Enclosures in South Asia, with Ahilan Kadirgamar, Biju Mathew, Preeti Sampat and Saadia Toor

Workshop 4: The University and the Commons, with Silvia Federici, Malav Kanuga, Mary Taylor and the Coalition to Preserve Community

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“Asking We Walk”: Collective Theorizations/Mapping Emancipations?

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Recept ion

Free and Open.  Food and refreshments will be provided.

Sponsors:
Public Space Research Group at the Center for Human Environments, Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, Ph.D. Programs in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Sociology, Doctoral Students’ Council, SpaceTime Research Collective (STRC) and the South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI)

Organized by:
Setha Low, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Kevin Ward, University of Manchester; Lalit Batra, Doctoral Student in Earth and Environmental Sciences; Fiona Jeffries, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Place, Culture and Politics; Erin Siodmak, Doctoral Student in Sociology; Laurel Mei Turbin, Doctoral Student in Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Privatization

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REVOLUTIONIZING PEDAGOGY

Revolutionizing Pedagogy: Education for Social Justice Within and Beyond Global Neo-Liberalism

Edited by Sheila Macrine, Peter McLaren and Dave Hill

Palgrave Macmillan, Marxism and Education Series, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-239-60799-6

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface: Martha Montero-Sieburth

Introduction: Sheila Macrine, Peter McLaren, and Dave Hill

PART I: FRAMEWORKDS FOR ORGANIZING PEDAGOGY

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, or a Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing: Resistance to Educational Reform in Chile: Jill Pinkney Pastrana

Education Rights, Education Policies and Inequality in South Africa: Salim Vally, Enver Motala, and Brian Ramadiro

Taking on the Corporatization of Public Education: What Teacher Education Can Do: Pepi Leistyna

Revolutionizing Critical Pedagogy: The Struggle against the Oppression of Neoliberalism – A Conversation with Peter McLaren: Sebastjan Leban and Peter McLaren

PART II: STRATEGIES FOR PRACTICING CRITICAL PEDAGOGY

Class, Capital and Education in this Neoliberal and Neoconservative Period: Dave Hill

Hijacking Public Schooling: The Epicentre of Neo Radical Centrism: João Paraskeva

Defending Dialectics: Rethinking the Neo-Marxist Turn in Critical Education Theory: Wayne Au

Critical Teaching as the Counter-Hegemony to Neo-liberalism: John Smyth

Empowering Education: Freire, Cynicism and a Pedagogy of Action: Richard Van Heertum

Teachers Matter…Don’t They? Placing Teachers and Their Work in the Global Knowledge Economy: Susan L. Robertson

Afterword: After neoliberalism: Which way capitalism? David Hursh

List of Contributors

Index

Reviews:

“An extraordinary emancipatory work: bravely negotiating the globalized toxic ruins of neo-liberalism. This is a liberatory project that embraces building a more just and democratic social world, transforming the ashes of oppressive pedagogical practices into a universe of critical and creative revolutionary possibility.”–Karen Anijar, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

“This volume provides both a much-needed political and economic critique of the dominant neoliberal reforms in the economy and education, and a theoretical and pedagogical path towards a democratic society and schools. I commend the contributors for their intellectual and political courage.”–David Hursh, University of Rochester, and author of High-Stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning

Ordering Revolutionizing Pedagogy:

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Socialism

Socialism

NORTHEAST SOCIALIST CONFERENCE 2009

 

http://www.northeastsocialistconference.net/

Join Us!
Every year hundreds of activists and socialists gather at the Northeast Socialist Conference to debate and discuss the struggles before us. The world faces urgent problems and need a vision for a different future. With the free-market consensus in tatters and an open debate beginning about how best to organize our society, these discussions are more vital than ever. Plan now to join us the weekend of October 23-25!

Special Friday Plenary
A Woman Among Warlords: Eyewitness to Empire
Featuring Malalai Joya, a female Member of the Afghan Parliament and courageous voice against women’s oppression and US occupation. Also feature Saadia Toor and Ashley Smith.

Friday October 23
8pm
Columbia University – International Affairs Building – Altschul Auditorium (417) – entrance at 117th Street and Amsterdam

Malalai Joya rose to fame in December 2003 when, as an elected delegate to the Constitutional Loya Jirga, she spoke out publicly against the domination of warlords. Since then she has survived four assassination attempts, and travels in Afghanistan under a burqa and with armed guards. Her newly published book, A Woman Among Warlords, has been widely praised; Noam Chomsky has written that it “leaves us with hope that the tormented people of Afghanistan can take their fate into their own hands if they are released from the grip of foreign powers”.

There will be a book signing following the event.

WORKSHOPS
Conference discussions will include reports and strategizing from today’s front-line battles. There will also be workshops on Marxism, the history of radical labor and socialist movements, alternatives to capitalism, US imperialism, and solidarity movements around the world.

With nearly 50 workshops to choose from, these are just some of the topics that will be featured:

*The New Movement for LGBT Equality
*The Revolt in Iran
*The Politics of Food
*Roots of the Economic Crisis
*Guantanamo at Home
*Gaza: Eyewitness to Destruction
*Poor People’s Movements
*The Fight for Single-Payer Healthcare
*The Future Socialist Society
*Social Unionism and the Future of the Labor Movement
*Hubert Harrison and Black Radicalism
*The Myth of a Post-Racial America
*Occupation Rebranded: US Imperialism in the Obama Era
*Reform and Revolution
*The Radical History of the American Working-Class
*What a Sustainable Society Could Look Like
*Racism, Sentencing and the Prison System
*The Assault on Abortion Rights
*Radical Pedagogy vs Charter Schools and Testing: The Fight for Public Education
*The Russian Revolution
*Sports and Politics
*Lenin: Myth and Reality
*Student Struggle and the Fight for Socialism
*The Communist Women’s Movement in the Comintern Era
*and dozens more!

UPDATED SPEAKERS LIST:

Anthony Arnove, Michele Bollinger, Sam Farber, Laura Flanders, Robert Gangi, Arun Gupta, Brian Jones, Fred Magdoff, Mahmood Mamdani, Manning Marable, Scott McLemee, Paul LeBlanc, Jeffrey Perry, Frances Fox Piven, John Riddell, Jennifer Roesch, Heather Rogers, Jeremy Scahill, Helen Scott, Liliana Segura, Ashley Smith, Michael Schwartz, Members of the Viva Palestina Convoy to Gaza, Dave Zirin… and more!

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