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Follow the strike (links in French): :: . [http://www.uqamengreve.org/ uqam en grève] . [http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/afesh/index.php afesh] . [http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/afesped/modx/ afesped] . [http://www.afellcuqam.net/ afellc ] . [http://www.afea.uqam.ca/ afea ] . [http://www.aessuqam.org/ aessuqam ] [[MonthCalendar(Agenda)]] '''''Mouse over the calendar to see the agenda (in French) '''''
The Popular University At Montreal (UPAM in French) is a festive and academic project that will take place during the student strike at UQAM. It is aimed at promoting an education that is open, multidisciplinary, free (as in free speech) and free (as in free bread). Many activities will take place: artistic "happenings", conferences, presentations of research papers, festive activities, debates, workshops, etc. Anyone can participate. We want to promote a dynamic vision of the student movement; one that takes a "conservation" approach aimed at defending our social gains, but also advances a dynamic vision of education.
- Underscore our commitment to education that is free, constructive, and critical
- Allow students to share knowledge through participation in an engaging education experience
- Instigate constructive debates on diverse themes of interest
- Provide activities during the strike in order to add to the experience
Activity period: Activities will occur over a five-day period from Monday November 12th through Friday November 16th (excepting the afternoons of November 14th and 15th). Segments are planned from 10:00 AM to noon, from 2L00 PM to 4 PM, and from 7PM to 9 PM.
When and How
Monday the 12th around noon, at the Agora, an Open Forum will allow strikers to propose sessions for the Popular University.
Presentation of the Open Forum
The Open Forum is a method that allows for the emergent organization of a meeting. At the Open Forum, the participants set and manage the agenda, which comprises diverse and concurrent pedagogical spaces, conferences, working groups, and sessions.
This "tried and true" method allows for efficient use of the richness of experience, knowledge and perspectives of an assembly. It also constitutes a simple and powerful method to deploy people where and when it is most urgent. It was used with success for more the fifteen years, and most recently at the Québec Social Forum held at UQÀM in August of 2007.
Gathered at the beginning of the meeting in order to set the agenda, participants who so desire can propose a workshop, a conference, or an activity, for which they will take the responsibility. They place their activity on the time-table, which is mounted on a wall (at the Agora?) and indicate the meeting place (a classroom, a café, etc., based on the space made available by the strike committee). Sessions can be added later by those who wish to do so. Every session's organizer is responsible for holding her or his meeting (in accordance with the time, place and title indicated on the time-table).
Advantages for the Strike and for UPAM
- The Open Forum will allow participation by those who were unable to submit an activity proposal during the delay given.
- It's also a simple and powerful way to renew the possibility of a popular university across more weeks, by distributing the organization of the agenda and empowering participants.
- The meeting of participants allows for horizontal communication on problems, issues, and ongoing activities.
(NB: Linked pages are in French)
J. Usalcas and G. Bowlby, "Students in the Labour Market" (2006) 3:1 Education Matters (Statistics Canada).
"Tuition Fee Deregulation: Who Pays ?" (2006) 3:1 Education Matters (Statistics Canada).
M. Frenette, "The Impact of Tuition Fees on University Access: Evidence from a Large-Scale Price Deregulation in Professional Programs", (2005) Analytic Studies Branch Research Paper Series, no. 263 (Statistics Canada product number 11F0019MIE2005263).
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