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Bill Longstaff: Can academics serve two masters?

The steady encroaching of the corporate sector into the decision-making processes of our societies is the greatest threat to twenty-first century democracy. This includes encroachment into academia.

This troubling development was brought to light in the recent Alberta election. The NDP proposed a two per cent increase in the corporate tax rate. Jack Mintz, an . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Can academics serve two masters?

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Academic Dumas-ery

Kane X. Faucher’s latest novel is a brilliant adaptation the classic Alexander Dumas tale of revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo. I’ve always loved the original, and Faucher’s book is a wonderful satire that cleaves to the original plot so … Continue reading →

Parchment in the Fire: Adjunct Professors Join National Fight for Better Pay and Benefits

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Academia is not usually considered a low-wage field, but adjunct professors around the country are organizing for higher pay and better working conditions like retail and fast food workers have been doing for the past year.

The debate about the role of adjuncts has received increased attention since the death of an adjunct professor, . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Adjunct Professors Join National Fight for Better Pay and Benefits

Parchment in the Fire: An Adjunct Tragedy | The Nation

An Adjunct Tragedy | The Nation.

The proletarianization of higher education, according to the associate general counsel of the United Steel Workers Union, has now claimed a life. In a moving op-ed published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Daniel Kovalik, wrote this week of Margaret Mary Vojtko, a French teacher at Pittsburgh’s Dusquesne University whose tenure . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: An Adjunct Tragedy | The Nation

The Canadian Progressive: 16 Schools Across Canada to Leave Canadian Federation of Students

16 colleges and universities across Canada, including the University of Toronto, have petitioned to leave the national student lobby group, Canadian Federation of Students.

The post 16 Schools Across Canada to Leave Canadian Federation of Students appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

DeSmogBlog: Massey WV Coal Battle Take Two: Erie, CO Citizens Fight Fracking

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Erie, CO meet Naoma, WV. Though seemingly different battles over different ecologically hazardous extractive processes — hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for unconventional gas versus mountaintop removal for coal — the two battles are one in the same and direct parallels of one another. 

On June 2, a coalition of activist organizations led by . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Massey WV Coal Battle Take Two: Erie, CO Citizens Fight Fracking

Bill Longstaff: Alberta universities make illegal donations to Conservatives

Oh my, even the universities are doing it. According to the CBC, a number of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions, including Athabasca University and the University of Lethbridge, have been donating to the provincial Conservatives. They have joined those municipalities and counties that have been donating to the Tories for years. All of this is, of course, . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Alberta universities make illegal donations to Conservatives