York U Centre for Education & Community presents activist and writer Judy Rebick Oct. 24


York University’s Centre for Education & Community (YCEC) is pleased to welcome acclaimed author, broadcaster, and social-justice activist Judy Rebick for YCEC’s fourth annual public lecture.

Rebick’s talk, “Occupy Education: Towards a Social Justice Approach for Inclusive and Equitable Education,” will take place Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 135 Vanier College, Keele campus.

Rebick, the founding publisher of independent news and discussion site Rabble.ca and the author of four books on politics and social change, will discuss challenging the existing system of education to create one that is more inclusive and diverse. Using lessons from new social and political movements such as Occupy and Idle No More, Rebick will show the importance of changing the way we educate to achieve diversity and inclusion.

Rebick has had a long and storied career as a journalist and activist: She held the first Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy from 2002 until 2010, and is a much-published commentator and author of several books, most recently Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political.

During the 1990s, Rebick was the host of two national TV shows on CBC Newsworld and a frequent guest on CBC radio and television. She is perhaps best known to Canadians as a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s group. Rebick is also a board member of Alternatives, a Quebec-based international non-governmental organization, and sits on the advisory boards of Fair Vote Canada and the December 6 Coalition.

The YCEC lecture is an excellent opportunity to hear one of Canada’s most dynamic speakers – an orator and activist at heart, Rebick is known for her insightful take on the advancement of equality and social justice for all.

YCEC serves as a catalyst for mobilizing research, promoting university/school/community partnerships, and advancing public discussions that address educational and social issues.

Rebick’s talk will be YCEC’s fourth annual public lecture. Past speakers have included David Gillborne, Kwame McKenzie, and Gabrielle Scrimshaw.

WHAT: York Centre for Education & Community fourth annual public lecture – “Occupy Education: Towards a Social Justice Approach for Inclusive and Equitable Education”

WHO: Keynote speaker Judy Rebick, writer and activist

WHEN:  Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Vanier College, Room 135, York University Keele campus (Building 56 on the map)

NOTE: Judy Rebick is available for interviews.


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