Autumn is truly upon us as, along with shorter days, longer rains, and the falling leaves, that other of the Season's sure harbingers here at the University is evidenced by the lengthening processions of students, chattering to and fro between classes.
It's often said by well-meaning defenders of education, "the young are our future," as if those studious youngsters possessed neither their own present, nor could they expect to enjoy the agency of present in times to come. It's merely a turn of phrase, some might say; but how else do we understand the world and human society within the greater world if not through turns of phrases; phrases drummed into us relentlessly; tattoo-like schooled incantations marking the shared indoctrination we call education?
Layla AbdelRahim is an academic, philosopher, and activist lecturer. A comparatist anthropologist, her study of the narratives of civilization and wilderness contribute to both the fields of literary and cultural studies, and to animal studies, philosophy, sociology, anarcho-primitivist thought, epistemology, and the critique of civilization and education. AbdelRahim views the quickening collapse of diversity within the Earth's bio-systems, and environmental degradation as functions of monoculturalism and anthropocentric utilitarian exploitation; an exploitation necessarily effecting first how we humans view the world.
She is also the author of the books, 'Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundation: Narratives of Civilization and Wilderness,' and 'Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams: Civilization and the Birth of Education,' studies of the "civilized need for the domestication of children as resources."
Layla AbdelRahim will be here in Victoria next Tuesday, October 15th at Camas Books presenting 'What’s in a Class? On Reproduction of Gender, Species, and Ethnicity as Categories for Labour and Consumption,' a discussion examining how we learn to know and relate to the natural world, and just what the nature, method and purpose of that learning is.
Layla AbdelRahim in the first half.
And; activist, national chairperson for the Council of Canadians and best-selling author, Maude Barlow was in Victoria over the weekend, taking part in the PowerShift environmental confab. Maude also took the opportunity while here to present 'Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever,' the newly released third in her Blue trilogy of books looking into the global water crisis.
Maude Barlow and a stage being set for unprecedented drought, mass starvation, and the migration of millions leaving parched lands in search of water in the second half.
And; Victoria Street News publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster in her own right, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things going on in and around the city, and further afield too.
But first, Layla AbdelRahim and "What's in a Class?"
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