From SocialistWorker.org: RIGHT-WING and liberal media outlets alike are awash with stories condemning student protesters for attacking freedom of speech. Take, for instance, Robert Shibley, the vice president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, who writes for the Washington Post: “[T]he immediate crisis comes from one freedom’s most ancient enemies: the angry mob.” … More Who’s behind the free speech crisis on campus?
By Yves Smith, The Financial Times has a generally good update on the state of the student debt bubble in the US. The article interesting not just for what it says but also for what goes unsaid. I’ll recap its main points with additional commentary. Note that many of the underlying issues will be familiar … More Student Debt Bubble Diminishes Demand and Ruins Lives, Yet Officials Keep Inflating It
Academic Labor: Research and Artistry (ALRA) is a peer-reviewed open access journal launched in 2016 by the Center for the Study of Academic Labor at Colorado State University. ALRA seeks submissions of articles on academic labor markets and labor relations, both nationally and internationally. Along with our center and website, we offer a research home … More Call for papers: Academic Labor, Research and Artistry
By Henry Heller, Radhika Desai As one of us wrote in these pages a few weeks ago, the recent University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) strike stood to win historically significant gains in the ongoing battle against the commodification and corporatization of education. Sensing this, faculty unions across the country and around the world were watching … More Henry Heller & Radhika Desai on the UMFA strike settlement at U of Manitoba
By Radhika Desai, As I walk the picket lines with my colleagues, still strongly supporting the strike in its second week with no sign of a resolution, our stakes are very concrete: increased workloads, performance indicators, and arbitrary management decisions affecting job security, tenure, academic freedom, and collegial governance. At the same time, as a … More Radhika Desai on University of Manitoba Strike
While teachers continue to walk the picket line, a professor in the Department of Philosophy says the “soul of the university” is on the line. Arthur Schafer, who is also the founding director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, said the strike is all tied to a shift in culture at the University … More ‘Soul of the university’ on the line with U of M strike
The faculty of the University of Manitoba has voted in favour of a strike, after collective bargaining negotiations with university officials deteriorated. For more information, see here, here, and here URPE offers its strong support and solidarity with respect to the current social action and the many challenges the faculty has been facing throughout the … More University of Manitoba Professors are on strike! In solidarity!