Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education Book Launch with Marc Spooner, James McNinch and Joel Westheimer

2018 24 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education Book Launch with Marc Spooner, James McNinch and Joel Westheimer

Current global trends suggest a time of exciting possibility for scholars as critical, community-engaged, and participatory epistemologies come to the fore. Yet, just as possibilities invite academics to broaden and deepen scholarship in ways unimagined a decade before, a parallel shift towards a neoliberal and accountability-focused culture – both in the academy and in society – imperils every new opportunity. In Dissident Knowledge, Noam Chomsky, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Yvonna S. Lincoln, and others delve into the effects of colonialism, neoliberalism, and audit culture on higher education. They present promising avenues of resistance and show how to shape, reinvent, and construct life for faculty in institutions that serve as both a safe harbour and enforcer. 

Please join editors Marc Spooner and James NcNinch, and contributor Joel Westheimer for a discussion of this book!

Marc Spooner is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He specializes in qualitative and participatory action research at the intersections of theory and action-on-the-ground. His interests include: homelessness & poverty; audit culture & the effects of neoliberalization & corporatization on higher education; social justice, activism, & participatory democracy. He has published in many venues including peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, government reports, and a wide variety of popularizations.  Together with colleagues at the U of R, he also co-hosts a popular education series that takes place in pubs—not on campus—entitled Talkin’ about School and Society. 

James McNinch is professor emeritus and former dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina.  His research and publications have focused on teaching and learning in higher education,  gender and sexual diversity, racism and white privilege, and the social construction of masculinity. 

Joel Westheimer is University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa and education columnist for CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning show. He is co-founder and executive director of Democratic Dialogue, a research collaborative dedicated to the critical exploration of democratic ideals in education and society. Joe is the author of Pledging Allegiance: The Politics of Patriotism in America's Schools (foreword by the late Howard Zinn), critically acclaimed Among Schoolteachers: Community, Autonomy and Ideology in Teachers' Work, and What Kind of Citizen?: Educating Our Children for the Common Good. He is recipient of the Canadian Education Association's Whitworth Award and Knight Fellow for Civic Engagement in Higher Education. 

7 PM
Wednesday, October 24 2018
@ 25One Community
(251 Bank St. 2nd floor)

Ticket: $10 or PWYC. Advanced tickets are available online or in person at Octopus Books (116 Third Ave.)

All proceeds will go toward covering the costs of this event.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and to be signed.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/234162850776553/.

"[A] rich examination of the impact of corporatization of our universities, as well as how they can be reclaimed." - James Turk, editor of Academic Freedom in Conflict

"Fueling the current onslaught on higher education is the perfect storm of neoliberalism at its apex, totalitarianism on the rise, and enduring legacies of colonialism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and imperialism. Education has never been guarded from such forces, but nor has it ever been free of contestation, and higher education in particular has long perpetuated injustice even as it seeded revolutions. Such is the searing analysis and nurturing of hope offered by an all-star collection of scholars." - Kevin Kumashiro, author of Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture


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