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Socially Responsible Higher Education: International Perspectives on Knowledge Democracy - Canadian Book Launch
Is the university contributing to our global crises or does it or does it offer stories of hope? Much recent debate about higher education has focussed upon rankings, quality, financing and student mobility. The COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, the calls for decolonisation, the persistence of gender violence, the rise of authoritarian nationalism, and the challenge of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have taken on new urgency and given rise to larger questions about the social relevance of higher education. In this new era of uncertainty, and perhaps opportunity, higher education institutions can play a vital role in a great transition or civilisational shift to a newly imagined world.

Socially Responsible Higher Education: International Perspectives on Knowledge Democracy shares the experiences of a broadly representative and globally dispersed set of writers on higher education and social responsibility, broadening perspectives on the democratisation of knowledge.

This virtual Canadian book launch will include welcoming words by Cathie Krull, UVic Special Advisor on International Affairs, an overview of the book by Budd Hall, contributions from Canadian authors (Tamara Krawchenko, UVic, Catherine Déri, UOttawa, and Baptiste Godrie, Univ. de Sherbrooke, on behalf of Florence Piron) and then comments from a discussant, Andrew Petter, former President of Simon Fraser University.

Jun 17, 2021 12:00 PM in Vancouver

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