Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Privatizing the University: The Attack on Public Education (Nov 22)

Come join us for a talk on privatization on our campus and in our province. Wednesday, November 22nd, 2:30-4:30pm, MBC 2212. Snacks and drinks will be provided

BACKGROUND: In September of this year, a corporation named IBT opened the Fraser International College at Simon Fraser University's Burnaby Campus. FIC is a private enterprise that recruits international students to come study at FIC in order to later transfer into SFU. Many members of the SFU community are worried about the implications of this private-public cooperation agreement. Therefore students, teaching assistants, professors and employees of SFU came together to create the Public Education Alliance in order to create open spaces for investigation, dialogue and action with regards to these issues.

Rob Clift - CUFA-BC (Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC): The provincial context of privatization of public education
Derrick Harder - Student representative on SFU Senate and Board of Governors: IBT/FIC, privatization, and the internationalization mandate of SFU
Scott Drake - SFU PhD Student: The impact of privatization at the departmental level

Public Education Alliance - PEA