Oct 152015

UNIVERSITY SENATE    Oct 2015 PROPOSAL, NEW ECONOMICS   Submitted by Sandra Finley, Senate Member-At-Large   CLIMATE CHANGE is a most pressing issue.   The world needs to do everything that can be done, and urgently.   Individuals, especially leaders, need to be innovative and step up. Economics that do not account for resource depletion and degradation are […]

Oct 142015

These 3 youtubes cover the ground on ecological economics very well:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d05jEprJxtE     “CRASH COURSE” in Ecological Economics (Jon Erickson) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhHH5meSLZI     Nate Hagens // From Wall St. to Ecological Economics // Part 1 ] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxfGcwfYlAg     Interview, William Rees – The Dangerous Disconnect Between Economics and Ecology.  Institute for New Economic Thinking

Oct 052015

http://www.cbc.ca/1.3254364 This month, the University of Victoria is launching a very exclusive MBA program — it’s only open to Telus employees. The program will be taught primarily by UVic faculty, but it’s being paid for by Telus. The company also played a role in its design. Dan Pontefract is Chief Envisioner with the Telus Transformation Office, the […]

Sep 172015
2015-09-17  Seroxat (Paxil) study under-reported harmful effects on young people, say scientists.    Comment.

I am especially upset when it is children who are affected by the deceits.   Upset (angry!) is the wrong word.   I am fueled to continue. I  commented on the appended article in the Guardian, and contacted the parties who have worked so tirelessly in the public interest, to thank them.   http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/16/seroxat-study-harmful-effects-young-people?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2#comment-59709849  My Comment: Moonbean says “Thanks to […]

Sep 122015
2015-09-12   The Neoliberal Arts,  How college sold its soul to the market.  Harper's Magazine.

September 12, 2015: [The aftermath of 9/11][Disarmament][Refugees][Rupert Murdoch] Essay — From the September 2015 issue The Neoliberal Arts How college sold its soul to the market By William Deresiewicz Download Pdf Read Online Single Page Print Page ( 2 of 8 )   This is education in the age of neoliberalism. Call it Reaganism or […]

Sep 032015

RE  John Pilger’s  documentary, The War You Don’t See   https://vimeo.com/67739294.   Journalists, administrators speak frankly of their personal shame for reporting the propaganda spewed out by the Government spin doctors (propaganda) for the Iraq War.     (At the URL  scroll down through the white space,  there’s a white bar,  click on the left end of it.) It takes courage to […]

Sep 022015

Universities need a new model of governance, Globe&Mail, by Julie Cafley Text and URL to access the on-line Comments is appended. MY RESPONSE:  Cafley does not mention the large problem of corporate infiltration of educational institutions.  Fortunately, many of the Comments do. Will the professor steadfastly serve the public interest in unbiased research and teaching […]

Sep 022015

http://www.ppforum.ca/news-room/how-ubc-lost-president By Simona Chiose and Frances Bula August 27, 2015 — An unusual group had assembled at the Point Grey campus residence of Arvind Gupta, the president of the University of British Columbia. The gathering was made up of professors and associate deans from the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, from science to arts and humanities. […]

Aug 242015

Why was the response from US academic experts to the global financial crisis so muted?  In the second extract from his book Inside Job, Charles Ferguson argues that corruption in universities is deeply entrenched (NOTE:  The Inside Job documentary can be watched for free on-line.) Charles Ferguson Monday 21 May 2012 20.00 BST   Last modified on […]

Jun 082015

I am prompted to put forth the ideas of Simon Sinek  in the midst of more turmoil at the University.  (The ex-President is suing the University for $8 or $8.5 million.) The “radical idea” about leaders is not new and it’s spreading fast!   Thanks goodness.   Maybe you can help spread it even further? “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek was […]