Neoliberal University Reading/Discussion Group + Concordia Geography Strike

1 Mar

This week the readings for our Critical Geography class are on the neoliberal university. Coincidentally, the geography undergraduates will begin their strike on the same day (Monday, March 5th). This seems like a timely moment to invite people outside the class to participate in the reading group. So, if you are interested, please feel welcome to join us.

Normally we meet Mondays from 5 – 6pm before class, but in the spirit of the strike we would like to hold the discussion during the class 6pm – 8pm. Meet at the classroom H-561 and we will find a space to hold it in.

Here are the readings that we will be discussing.

  • Bernans, David. (2001). Con U Inc. : privatization, marketization and globalization at Concordia University (and beyond). Concordia Student Union. pdf
  • Giroux, Henry A. (2002). Neoliberalism, Corporate Culture, and the Promise of Higher Education: The University as a Democratic Public Sphere. pdf

3 Responses to “Neoliberal University Reading/Discussion Group + Concordia Geography Strike”

  1. geogging March 2, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    A note to striking Geography Undergrads at Concordia: encourage your professors to endorse the Concordia Declaration for Quality and Accessibility in Higher Education if they are in support of the student strike.

    By signing, professors state their commitment to initiating a dialogue about academic accommodations in support of students’ decisions to strike.

    Though many professors in our department have already signed the declaration or have stated their support of the student strike, the more support the better. Especially clearly articulated and public support, which gives us as students more security as we move forward on the resolution passed Wednesday evening.

    In solidarity.

  2. geogging March 2, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    Also, I think this reading from earlier in the semester is also a helpful discussion point.

    Harvey, David (1972) “Revolutionary and Counter Revolutionary Theory in Geography and the Problem of Ghetto Formation.” pdf.


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