Speculative Diction: Pragmatic Preoccupations [April 19 2013]

I wrote a blog post as a re-cap from the Worldviews Pre-Conference ¬†event on April 16th at the University of Toronto. As my example when I spoke on this panel, I discussed the media rhetoric about MOOCs and how it reflects various aspects of the current context of postsecondary education and its “crisis”.

Conference Presentation: Most Excellent Dudes – Gender, Meritocracy, & Media Coverage of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs [June 1 2011]

This is the first Prezi I ever tried using for a conference presentation. Thankfully both the Prezi interface and my skills at using it have improved since 2011. The presentation is about the media coverage of the announcement about the Canada Excellence Research Chairs in 2010. There were protests that no women were even shortlisted for these prestigious and lucrative awards, and the ensuing debate reflected some of the major themes in the arguments about women and (their absence from) science. I discuss two of those themes, the one being “meritocracy” with as idea of excellence as transparent, and the other being essentialist and binary notions of gender.

Panel: Worldviews Pre-conference Event – War on Knowledge? [Upcoming-April 16, 2013]

This Tuesday, April 16th, I’ll be on a panel at the pre-conference event for the Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education, in Toronto. This should be an interesting event; the other members of the panel are: Tony Burman, Janice Gross Stein, Clifford Orwin, and Scott Jaschik, and the moderator will be Rick Salutin.

Panel: The Future of Canadian Universities [March 28th 2013]

Pic-Future of Canadian Universities

This past Thursday I participated in a panel at the University of Toronto. I was invited by Dr. Pamela Gravestock and Dr. Emily Greenleaf, who hosted the discussion in their class UNI 305 – The University in Canada. The discussion questions were:

–On what issues should universities focus on in the next five years?
–What should their response look like?
–How would this affect undergraduate students?

I’m hoping to write a blog post about how I answered.¬†This was a very interesting discussion, especially on the same day the new Ontario tuition framework was announced.