by Babak Amini
The keynote speaker, Immanuel Wallerstein, with York’s Marcello Musto (image: Marina Tarantini)
An international conference to mark the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Marx’s Capital was held May 24 to 26 at York University.
Organized by Marx Collegium (York University), under the directorship of Marcello Musto, associate professor of sociology, the conference brought together some of the leading scholars in the fields of sociology, political science, and philosophy from more than 20 universities and 10 countries to critically discuss the history, the content, and the relevance of this path-breaking book.
As one of the largest academic events in York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LAPS) in many years, the three-day event attracted a large audience, with more than 1,000 students, scholars, and activists coming from as far as Nepal, Japan, Mexico and Nicaragua. The closing session, with a keynote speech by Professor Immanuel Wallerstein (Yale University), was attended by more than 300 people.Read More »
A Facebook friend, Steven Salaita, recently wrote a post about academe arguing that tenure-track professors are kidding themselves if they say they will become more radical once they get tenure. Given Steven’s vicious treatment by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, whatever he writes about higher education is worth reading. I agreed with his post, and I made a long reply. Here, I incorporate what I said into a more coherent commentary.
The first thing to understand about colleges and universities is that they are workplaces. And like all workplaces in capitalist societies, they are organized as hierarchies, with power radiating downward. From the Board of Trustees, to the top administrators, to the tenured faculty, to the tenure-stream faculty, to the vast mass of adjuncts and short-term contract faculty, to the administrative staff, clerical workers, custodians, groundskeepers, and cafeteria employees. Those at the top have as their central objective control over the enterprise, so that their power can be maintained, that revenues from tuition, grants, money from various levels of government, and the like keep flowing in, that the prestige of the college or university grows. And, of great importance, that those below them do not and cannot make trouble by challenging their authority.Read More »
Granma | 28 September, 2016
The U.S. blockade prevents Cuba from obtaining tools, state-of-the-art applications and IT resources. Photo:Jose M. Correa
The aggressiveness of this policy markedly increased from April, 2015 through March, 2106; affecting in particular the export of educational services from Cuba to other countries. This, according to Dr. Paul Torres Fernández Ministry of Education (Mined) spokesman, during a recent press conference.
Dr. Torres highlighted losses associated with having to operate in distant markets, one of the areas where the negative impact of the blockade is most evident, with higher shipping fees raising costs for the island.
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Common Dreams | 17 February , 2016
Thousands of people are taking part in the first-ever nationwide “school walk-in” action on Wednesday, rallying at more than 800 public schools in 30 cities to protest budget cuts, state takeovers of education, and high-stakes standardized testing.Read More »
“We need the political leadership of the city to know that schools can’t keep being the last priority.”
Common Dreams | 5 February, 2016
Thousands gathered in Chicago on Thursday to support the city’s teachers union and rally against the massive budget cuts proposed earlier this week by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).Read More »
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat
Countercurrents.org | 18 January, 2016
Hyderabad University cant escape from the blame of killing the young Dalit scholar. We want to ask this question why should students at this level be ‘expelled’. The problem with these so-called institutions is that they want to ‘discipline’ students like primary class students. At the higher level you have to allow them to think and take part in political activities. India’s Universities once upon a time were the place which created student leaders who were much broader in thought and actively involved in social action. Today, in the name of having a ‘central university’ we see that students are supposed to attend classes like primary students. With no independent thinking being allowed, what do we want ?Read More »