Sat, Feb 26, 2011: Confronting the Hostile Takeover: Stop Corporate Control of Education

WHAT: An Anti-corporate Teach-In with keynote speaker Linda McQuaig
WHEN: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Bahen Centre, room 1130, 40 George Street, Toronto

Peter Munk is the founder and chairman of the world’s largest gold-mining corporation. Last year the Munk Charitable Foundation committed itself to a very large donation to the University of Toronto, with the purpose of greatly expanding the study of international relations by creation of the Munk School of Global Affairs.

In view of the serious shortfalls in public financial support of the universities, it is natural to welcome such big philanthropic contributions. But they pose serious problems in that the university may be tempted to soften in its defence of core principles such as academic freedom, scholarly direction of academic decision-making the preservation of fairness and balance in the nurturing of a wide range of disciplines, and so on. Is the (corporatized) University able and willing to protect adequately the core values of the academy?

Join us as we address and work together to developing strategies to resist corporate control of education both locally and nation-wide.

11:15 – 12:15 International Corporate Accountability – with Sakura Saunders & Sally Brady

12:20 – 1:20 University Governance – with Joeita Gupta, Paul Hamel & John Valleau

1:20 – 1:55 LUNCH

2:00 – 2:30 KEYNOTE: Linda McQuaig

2:35 – 3:35 Corporate Influence at the University – with Angela Regnier & Tony Key

3:40 – 5:00 Strategy Session – with Masrour Zoghi