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The "Worldviews 2013: Global Trends in Media and Higher Education" will take place in Toronto - June 19-21, 2013 on the University of Toronto campus.

Organized by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), the Washington-based Inside Higher Ed and the London-based University World News, Worldviews 2013 is a lively two-day conference, assembling a variety of thinkers, academics, editors, students, journalists, communications professionals from colleges and universities across the globe, all offering critical perspectives on higher education and the media and possible directions for the future.

The conference explores the impact of new and emerging forms of communication, the internationalization of higher education campuses in a time of explosive demand and how fundamental shifts in journalism are affecting higher education, to list only a few.

The themes of the 2013 Conference are:

  • Newsflashes from the global campus: Reporting trends, interpretations and relationships
  • Hooking up or a long-term relationship? Future depictions of the professoriate and of journalism
  • Unlocking the tower: How trends in media, citizenry, and government are altering higher education

And of particular interest are some of the following sessions:

The age of austerity for higher education: public reaction and media depictions

  • Student protests or civil society mobilization? Media depictions in Quebec, Chile, US, and UK
  • The under-reported story: The role of university campuses in the Arab Spring
  • Innovations bred by austerity: Crowd-sourcing in media and in higher education
  • Playing favourites? Media’s bent on the Social investment vs. Government austerity debate on the future of higher education.

Who owns the academy: academic freedom, public finances and national security

  • Academic freedom and freedom of the press: Old tenets, new interpretations
  • National security, social media and the publicity of academic findings

Confirmed speakers include:

Adrian Monck, Head of Communications and Media, World Economic Forum
Sir John Daniel, former President of the Commonwealth of Learning

Phillip Altbach, Director of the Centre of Higher Education, Boston College
Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University and former advisor to the South African Minister of Education

Nicole Blanchett Nehili, Professor in Journalism Broadcast Program, Sheridan Institute of Technology
Gili Dori, professor of sociology and anthropology, Hebrew University
Tony Burman, Ryerson University journalism professor and Al Jazeera's former head of strategy in the Americas
Andrew Keen, author of "The Cult of the Amateur"
Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College

Goolam Mohamedbhai, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius
Pericles Lewis, President, Yale-National University of Singapore College
Chad Gaffield, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Shari Graydon, Founder, Informed Opinions
Mary Dwyer, Senior Editor, Maclean’s

Simona Choise, Education Editor, Globe and Mail
Scott Jaschik, Editor of Inside Higher Ed; and
Karen MacGregor, Global Editor of University World News.

Mark Kingwell, Philosopher, University of Toronto
Frank Furedi, Author and Professor Emeritus, University of Kent
Sheila Embleton, Distinguished Research Professor of Linguistics, York University
Vinita Srivastava, Professor of Journalism, Ryerson University, and former editor, New York Times Magazine
See the list of speakers confirmed to date on our website.

For more information or to register, please visit our website:    

You can also the join the conversation on Twitter (@worldviewsconf) and on Facebook

Could you please forward this notice to those who you think might be interested.  Thank you.

Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
83 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 1S8
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: [email protected]


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