Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Layla AbdelRahim, Maude Barlow, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 7, 2013

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?"

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

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Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday, 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, on the internet at: cfuv.ca, and archived at: www.gorilla-radio.com. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com, which you can now support at Petreon.com. Check out the GR blog at: gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/. G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media. Some past guests include: M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan, Maude Barlow, Ramzy Baroud, David Barsamian, Eva Bartlett, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Michel Chossudovsky, Paul Cienfuegos, Jon Elmer, Yves Engler, Laura Flanders, Eva Golinger, Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Denis Halliday, Chris Hedges, Patrick Henningsen, Julia Butterfly Hill, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Diana Johnstone, Malalai Joya, Kathy Kelly, Naomi Klein, Frances Moore Lappe, Ingmar Lee, Dave Lindorff, Andrew Gavin Marshall, Janos Maté, Jennifer Moore, Alexandra Morton, Sharmine Narwani, Andrew Nikiforuk, Ken O'Keefe, Greg Palast, Dawn Paley, Michael Parenti, Robert Parry, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, Ted Rall, Paul Craig Roberts, John Ross, David Rovics, Danny Schechter, David Schindler, Vandana Shiva, Tim Shorrock, Norman Solomon, David Swanson, Linn Washington, Jr., Andy Worthington, Mickey Z., Howard Zinn and many others.