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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 11th NOVEMBER 2012

EVENTS

PUBLIC LECTURE: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE WELFARE STATE

Thursday, November 15, 2012
6:30pm
Ryerson University, Room 508
285 Victoria Street, Toronto
       
In an age of government imposed austerity, and after 30 years of neoliberal restructuring, the future of the welfare state looks increasingly uncertain. Asbjørn Wahl offers an accessible analysis of the situation across Europe, identifies the most important challenges and presents practical proposals for combating the assault on welfare.

Wahl argues that the welfare state should be seen as the result of a class compromise forged in the 20th century, which means that it cannot easily be exported internationally. He considers the enormous shifts in power relations and the profound internal changes to the welfare state which have occurred during the neoliberal era, pointing to the paradigm shift that the welfare state is going through. This is illustrated by the shift from welfare to workfare and increased top-down control.

Asbjørn Wahl is an adviser to the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees and director of the Campaign for the Welfare State in Norway. He serves as Vice President of the Road Transport Workers’ Section of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Chair of the ITF Working Group on Climate Change. He is also a member of the coordinating committee of the European Social Forum. He has published a number of articles on politics, social and labor both in Norway and internationally.

His most recent publication is The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State (Pluto Press, London, November 2011 – http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745331409).

Sponsored by MA Program in Public Policy and Administration at Ryerson, Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project. Contact: Bryan Evans, b1evans@politics.ryerson.ca or phone 416 979-5000 ext 4199.

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THE ART OF POLITICS AND THE PERSONAL: LOOKING AT THE PAINTINGS OF FRIDA KAHLO AND DIEGO RIVERA

Sunday, November 18, 2012
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto,
Room 7192
252 Bloor St. West (at St. George subway)

Introduced by Brian Donnelly – Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design, Sheridan College

Revolutionaries and socialists often yearn for an authentic, political art that can resist and even stand outside a monstrous, mimetic, commodity culture. The Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo are often called on to fill that need. Modern painters from the early 20th Century, they explored the new forms and imagery possible in painting, working in styles from surrealism to socialist realism, creating small autobiographical works for themselves and giant murals done for the wealthiest patrons in the world. Their work is rich, warm, and rewarding to look at, but it also suggests many contradictions and questions.

This talk will look at some of the methods by which art is discussed from a Marxist perspective, beginning with “Manifesto for an Independent Revolutionary Art,” signed by Andre Breton and Diego Rivera (and involving considerable input from Leon Trotsky). By looking at the questions we ask about art and its objects, we can try to separate what is living from what is commodified and alienated in contemporary, visual culture.

AND….TOUR THE SHOW: People interested in the subject may also meet as a group at the Art Gallery of Ontario, at 1 pm on the Sunday before the talk, to tour the show, “Frida and Diego: Passion Politics and Painting.” It costs $25 (free to AGO members), and you should book a ticket online well in advance, to avoid disappointment.

If you RSVP BY THE 12th, we can book this as a group; we don’t have to pay in advance, and there is likely a discount. Indicate your interest to brian.donnelly@sheridanc.on.ca, and Brian will submit the official form and book spaces. http://www.ago.net/frida-diego-passion-politics-and-painting

From Brian Donnelly: People can tour the exhibition at their own speed; they recommend at least a half hour or more. The gallery does not permit non-employees to lead loud group tours on their own, and I won’t offer to do much more in the gallery than chat with people who approach me. We can arrange to meet for coffee between the tour and the talk, and begin the discussion then. I would enjoy focusing the talk based on what people have noticed and the questions they ask.

Organized by Ideas Left Out

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CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – SPECIAL SCREENING

Sunday, November 25, 2012
1:30pm – 4:30pm
PSAC Office
90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 608
Toronto, Ontario

CLiFF is a labour oriented Film Festival dedicated to telling the stories of working people in our own words and images. CLiFF and PSAC are partnering to show four short films along with the film “We Are Wisconsin” to raise awareness of the devastating social impact of the austerity agenda on working people and indigenous peoples.

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2ND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION (ISLC 2013): EXPLORING NOVELTIES

Izmir, Turkey
June 17-19, 2013

Timeline:
– Deadline for extensive abstracts – 20 February 2013
– Full paper submission deadline – 1 April 2013
– Revised draft submission deadline – 15 April 2013
– Anticipated publication date – June 2013
– The registration deadline is – May 30, 201
– Anticipated publication date for late submissions – September 2013

The Second International Symposium on Language and Communication: Exploring novelties (ISLC-2013) will be held on June 17-19, 2013 at Ege University Ataturk Culture Center, Izmir, Turkey. The ISLC-2013 provides an opportunity for exploring many different facets of interdisciplinary language and communication fields.

The aims of the Institute of Language and Communication Studies (ILCS) include the followings: a) fostering research in the area of interdisciplinary language and communication, and b) promoting cooperation among all parts within the field. The ISLC’13 offers a forum for those inside and outside academia to exchange pedagogical and research methods, as well as to explore greater cooperation among the many different constituencies of the field.

For more information: http://www.inlcs.org/

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NEWS & VIEWS

ONLINE TEACHING SURVEY ON WORKING CONDITIONS

The Online Teaching Working Group, and COCAL (Coalition on Contingent Academic Labor) request your help in surveying all faculty who teach online. We suspect that most people who teach on line do so as contingents (non-tenure-track). As higher education goes through rapid changes, this is likely to be the workforce and delivery system of the future.

The purpose of the survey is to collect information on wages and working conditions leading to possible organizing for improvements. We are not looking for a random sample in order to do anything quantitative. We are looking to find out what’s out there. Hopefully, we’ll be able to identify examples of “the good, the bad and the ugly” which will enable us to have an informed discussion of labor standards for online teaching. We will report back at the conference in Toronto.

Feel free to spread the link to any relevant lists or individuals.

If you do not want your name on your reply, just type in random letters in the “What is your name?” box. No individual names will appear in the final (or draft) report and no raw data will be circulated outside the committee that is working on this.

However, we DO need the name of your institution, the one through which you are teaching the class with the working conditions that you are describing.

Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6WWJL2JOnLineTeaching

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CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS – JOURNAL OF TEACHING IN SOCIAL WORK – DISTANCE LEARNING AND ONLINE EDUCATION

Special Issue on Distance Learning and Online Education
Submission deadline: January 31, 2012

The Journal of Teaching in Social Work plans to publish a Special Issue on Distance Learning and Online Education in 2013. In this regard, we invite manuscripts that address all aspects pertaining to professional social work online, distance, and virtual instruction leading to an accredited BSW, MSW, or DSW degree, and continuing education toward social work specialization certification or licensure renewal. Preferred manuscripts will be those that provide a systematic and rigorous formative or summative assessment of current initiatives or offer a detailed and conceptually focused description and rationale for prospective programs.

Topics might well include the following:
• Synchronous and asynchronous instruction
• Simulcast classes deploying ITV online
• Live, interactive web-based class and training sessions
• Interactive video technologies and programmed instruction
• Skype-based seminars, faculty advising, and video conferencing
• Hybrid courses using web-based platforms
• Alternative virtual academic degree-centered educational conceptualizations
• Assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of the pursuit of online (versus) residential degrees
• Effectiveness of providing licensure-mandated courses and examinations via distance learning
• Outcome evaluation of graduates’ preparation for practice, including comparative performance on licensing exams

Submit Manuscripts Via Scholar One – It’s Easy

Journal of Teaching in Social Work receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/WTSW. Questions regarding the requirements for manuscript submission for this Special Issue can be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief at: jtsw@hunter.cuny.edu.

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E. COLI IS SIGN OF A SICK SYSTEM: MY DAYS WORKING AT ALBERTA’S XL MEAT-PACKING PLANT

by Christopher Walke, rabble.ca

The major recall of E. coli contaminated meat from XL doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

There may be some substance to calls for greater regulation and the resignation of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. But there is a deeper problem that no one in the elite media seems capable of addressing: the sweatshop working conditions at XL. I know it from personal experience.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2012/10/xl-and-e-coli-my-time-working-canadas-most-notorious-meatpacking-plant

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POVERTY POCKETS GROWING IN SUBURBS

by Noor Javed, Toronto Star

Behind the sprawling subdivisions and glossy condo towers being built in the GTA are the people who go unnoticed: The homeowner working two jobs to pay his mortgage, the single mother living in a basement apartment or the newcomer sharing a home with another family — or two.

But policy makers and charitable organizations stress that because the problem is invisible, doesn’t mean it is non-existent.

In fact, it not only exists but in some cases — Markham-Unionville, Mississauga-Cooksville and Bramalea-Gore-Malton —poverty rates and child poverty rates are higher than the provincial average.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/1277620–poverty-pockets-growing-in-suburbs

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WALMART WORKERS AND COMMUNITY ALLIES WIN ANOTHER FREE SPEECH BATTLE AGAINST WALMART

A UFCW Canada Human Rights Department Release

Despite Walmart’s best efforts, a new website called walmartat50.com (http://www.walmartat50.com) will continue rallying people online to urge Walmart to become a socially responsible employer. As Walmart celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the company is telling customers and communities a one-sided story about its business and values.

In response, walmartat50.com, launched by Making Change at Walmart, showcases the real stories of Walmart retail associates, customers, community members and those working in the company’s production and supply chains throughout the world, which offer a more complete story that Walmart
won’t tell.

The World Intellectual Property Organization recently ruled that the campaign can retain its domain names Walmartat50.com, walmartat50.com, walmartat50.net and walmartat50.org.

This latest freedom of speech win for Walmart workers, supporters and their communities follows a similar victory in 2010, when the company tried to force an injunction against the Walmart Workers Canada website.

To find out more about the Making Change at Walmart campaign, go to http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/

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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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