From Richard Julien:
The StarPhoenix newspaper headline today announced about a
half-billion dollar investment in projects at the UofS (P.1, SP,
March 28). Quite possibly, all these projects are desperately needed
and some financial support has been garnered elsewhere. But, in the
context of larger university class sizes, higher student tuitions, a
diminishing faculty, a dearth of teaching resources, etc, the
concept of “priorities” emerge as a need to be debated.
For those who had the opportunity to attend any of the sessions on
the opening day of Academic Freedom week, you witnessed the courage
of young people challenging hypocrisy in the university world, as
well as in the larger society.
While our attendance was low, compared to the Shell sponsored event
(legitimate) on campus which supplied 200 + students with free pizza
and pop, the sophisticated analysis from the speakers for our AFW was
insightful, scintillating, but disturbing.
This evening we continue with the Maude Barlow presentation. In fact,
Barlow’s talk will flow nicely from last evening’s talk about
university research ethics, how research data are manipulated to
satisfy corporate fears or threats of lawsuits, and the contamination
of water in the pursuit of profit (yes, there is a connection).
Bring your family, friends, and anyone interested in the role of
universities in Canadian society.
Although there will no “free pizza and pop”, there will be gourmet
conversation. (program follows).
Tuesday, March 28, 7-9 pm
Exploring Canadian public interests
Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians