• October Lecture by Dorothy Roberts

    “Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race”


    This month, Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, will be at McMaster University to give a lecture titled “Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race.” In this talk, Roberts will examine how the myth of the biological concept of race – revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases – continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly “post-racial” era. Presented by the Bourns Lectureship in Bioethics and the McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest, this talk will take place on October 23, 2014 from 7:00-9:00 pm in CIBC Hall, located on the third floor of the McMaster University Student Center (MUSC), room 319. Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.

    For more information please click here for the lecture poster or email us at info@mcspi.ca


    The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies

    “War on Youth” Special Issue

    MCSPI is pleased to present a special July 2014 issue of The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies on the topic of the “War on Youth,” guest edited by Andrew Reszitnyk, Jennifer Fisher, Tyler J. Pollard, and Danielle Martak. Featuring a series of interviews conducted by Tyler J. Pollard with prominent researchers including Henry A. Giroux, Brad Evans, Erika Shaker, and Lawrence Grossberg, this “War on Youth” special issue emerged out of the energetic conversations and discussions of the Centre’s 2013 “War on Youth Summer Institute and, accordingly, takes up the struggles faced by young subjects as they navigate a violent and rapidly changing global context while also interrogating possibilities for the creation of futures that are more just, sustainable, and equitable for the world’s youth.

     For more information, be sure to follow this link to the “War on Youth” special issue: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gred20/36/3#.U8UwURa4nHg or visit The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies’ blog at http://reviewepcs.mcmaster.ca.


  • Disposable Life Lecture
    Henry A. Giroux

    This lecture with the Centre’s director, Henry A. Giroux, is part of the stunning “Disposable Life” project, launched in January 2014 by MCSPI Advisory Board Member Brad Evans’ Histories of Violence initiativeIn this interview, Dr. Giroux takes up disposability through its relationship with the myriad forms of neoliberal violence, staying especially attentive to the tragic effects they, together, have had on the poor, minorities, and young people.

  • Check out our student’s projects from our 2013 “war on youth” summer institute

    Last summer, MCSPI ran an interdisciplinary Summer Institute that invited undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in youth-related research to work collaboratively with major researchers and public intellectuals to generate new scholarship and innovative modes of public communication related to the research theme of “the war on youth.” Students explored how young people around the globe in the twenty-first century are growing up in circumstances characterized by a range of precarious conditions that include ecological catastrophes, increasing levels of poverty and debt, the rise of a youth punishment and incarceration mentality, expanding commercial media and advertising networks, widening social inequalities, and under resourced health care and education systems, conditions that are especially dire for youth whose contexts are informed and shaped in different ways by geographic location, wealth, class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and (dis)ability.


    In completing the Institute, our students wrote research papers on diverse topics related to the subject of the war on youth. We are now excited to make their papers publicly available on our website here. 

  • Interview with Michael Hardt on the Poors, the Multitude, and the Commons


    MCSPI is excited to present a brand new interview, prepared by Andrew Reszitnyk and Tyler Pollard, with scholar Michael Hardt. “Playing Three-Dimensional Chess in the Age of Empire” takes up issues of contemporary capitalism and immaterial labour; empire, power, and global governance; poverty, debt, and the poors; revolt and resistance; the commons; education and subjectivity; and the multitude.

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