MCSPI Director, Henry Giroux, Interviewed On Bill Moyers
This week our director, Henry Giroux, was interviewed by the great journalist Bill Moyers on politics in the age of casino capitalism. In this segment, Giroux discusses the ways in which our current system is informed by a “machinery of social and civil death” that chills “any vestige of a robust democracy.”
Erika Shaker Lecture: “Scapegoating Youth in the War on Progress”
In this lecture delivered at the 2013 “War on Youth” Summer Institute, Erika Shaker, the current Director of the Education Project at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, considers how the relentless—yet ideologically bankrupt—onslaught of neoliberalism has critically impacted civil society by repeatedly reminding young citizens to keep their expectations (for social progress, for democracy, and for equity) low. Using the recent Quebec Student Strike as a starting point, this presentation explores how youth who reject the dominant “keep your expectations low” paradigm, and who remind us of our failure to commit to collective social improvement, are increasingly singled out, marginalized and dismissed, and brutalized as part of the ongoing neoliberal campaign to obliterate the notion of a collective social conscious.
At our Summer Institute this year Dr. Kenneth Saltman, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Research at DePaul University, gave this wonderful lecture entitled, “Neoliberalism and Corporate School Reform.” Focusing on the neoliberal restructuring of public education, in this talk Saltman importantly takes up the financial and ideological motivations behind this shift to corporate school reform and also details how narratives of failure and creative destruction are being employed to power these neoliberal transformations in education.
Brad Evans on Youth as the Object of Power
During our 2013 Summer Institute, Brad Evans, Founder/Director of the Histories of Violence Project, Global Insecurities Center, University of Bristol and a visiting fellow at the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, gave an important lecture on “Youth as the Object of Power,” available here. In his talk, Evans gives a critique of the contemporary forms of power youth are subject to by looking at the ways in which discourses and practices of resilience are put forward to further the logic of vulnerability so central to contemporary neoliberal power. Challenging the notion that resilience provides local communities the opportunities to become more autonomous and emancipated, Evans looks to the ways in which power now begins with youth such that we are all fated to accept a “full life crises.”