Sat, Jan 22, 2011: Great Minds for Whose Future?

WHEN: SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 10:00am – 2:30pm

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?

Financial crisis and austerity have ignited a new wave of student protest around the world, from Berkeley to London, Athens to San Juan. Our intention with this conference is to empower local critical thinkers and activists to devise our plan in the fight for just education.

Our goal is to launch the “Reclaiming the U of T” campaign on January 22.

The conference schedule includes “Lessons from California” with a student from UC Berkeley, “Worth Fighting For: Human Rights at UofT” with Sakura Saunders and “Worth Fighting For: Academic Values at UofT” with Paul Hamel, John Valleau and Leslie Jermyn.


Ali Tonak. PhD Student, College of Natural Resources, University of California – Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) – Ali is a student of Igancio Chapela and one of the organizers of the Stop BP-Berkeley Campaign.

Sakura Saunders. Editor of and organizer

Paul Hamel. Director, Health Studies & Professor, University of Toronto

John Valleau. Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto.

Leslie Jermyn. A social-cultural anthropologist at the UofT who has been active with issues of social and environmental justice for more than 20 years.

CUPE 3902
USW 1998
Science for Peace
Protest Barrick