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December 20, 2008

latest CAUT Bulletin 55.10 (Dec./08):

  • Tenured Faculty or Endangered Species?” Review of How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation, Marc Bousquet (NY: NYU Press, 2008), by Doug Lorimer: an excellent overview of Bousquet’s contention that the academy has fundamentally changed, after which Lorimer goes on to discuss some of Bousquet’s arguments in a Canadian context:

The designers of the new academy are a corps of professional managers. Their model of the university does not draw upon the traditions of the academy, but adopts the style of corporate management. This corporate style at best views the conventions of the academy as inefficient. At worst, it is actively hostile to academic freedom and collegial governance.

  • Why Academics Strike,” Jim Clark: framed as an explanation to his mother as to why people with pretty good jobs still sometimes go on strike:

Although such financial considerations can occasionally precipitate a strike, it generally takes some additional matter of principle to lead faculty to walk the picket line. Among the foremost in importance are those involving academic freedom, which seems under threat from numerous angles these days.

The Conservative government’s reinforcement of corporate and governmental research and development agendas represents a bias in favour of capital. But the more fundamental problem is that it fa­vours the inherently short-term and opportunistic needs of business and government over the long-term needs of science, the arts and humanities and society itself.

On the human rights front:

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