• Final, updated conference agenda available June 18, 2013

    For the most recent agenda with updates to sessions and speakers (please note room changes), click here.

    Worldviews 2013 Fellowships Awarded June 3, 2013

    Worldviews is pleased to announce the winners of our media fellowship for Worldviews 2013. The fellowship is awarded to help journalists covering higher education attend and participate in Worldviews 2013 taking place in Toronto, Canada, June 19-21, 2013.

    - Nora Loreto, freelance journalist, Canada

    - Bill Schackner, Pittsburg Post-Gazette Higher Ed writer. Bill Schackner has written for newspapers in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. He joined the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1993 and is the paper’s higher education writer. He is a recipient of the National Headliner Award for Outstanding Education Writing.

    - Mary Beth Marcklein, USA Today higher ed writer

    - Feng He, freelance journalist, China

    - Olabisi Deji–Folutile, Assistant Editor, with special emphasis on education and health at Punch Nigeria Limited, Magboro, Ogun State, Nigeria

    Thanks to all who applied. We hope to see you at Worldviews 2013!

    Engage with higher ed journalists at Worldviews 2013 May 28, 2013

    Worldviews 2013 is just under a month away (June 19 to 21) and our full conference agenda is now online.

    We’re thrilled to be welcoming distinguished journalists from publications around the world, including the Globe and MailToronto StarMaclean’sAl JazeeraUSA TodayUS NewsTimes Higher EdInside Higher EdUniversity World NewsJ-SourceUniversity AffairsFuturity, and more.

    The impact of new and emerging forms of communication, the internationalization of higher education campuses, and the restructuring of media and academia in the context of financial constraints are some of the critical issues that these attendees will address, discuss, and debate.

    In addition to mingling with some of the best journalists covering higher education issues, here are a few more reasons we think you should participate in Worldviews 2013:

    1. An unconventional convention: With keynotes, workshops and roundtables promoting active audience participation, Worldviews offers a forum for those from media and higher education to engage and learn from one another while considering directions for the future.

    2. Great keynote speakers and panelists:

    Adrian Monck (Head of communications, World Economic Forum) will talk about issues of public trust in media, and the implications of coverage for higher education.

    Sir John Daniel (former President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning, and Assistant Director General, Unesco) will look at MOOCS, media, and the democratization of higher education.

    Panelists Teboho Moja (Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University and former advisor to the Minister of Education, South Africa), Zukiswa Kekana (Doctoral Student, New York University), Shari Graydon (Founder, Informed Opinions), Katherine Forestier (Director, Education Link Limited) will discuss expanding the coverage on women in higher education

    Tony Burman (Velma Rogers Graham Research Chair, Ryerson University) will speak on the role of university campuses in the Arab Spring.

    … to name but a few of the 50+ speakers and panelists.

    3. Networking: In addition to actively engaging its audience and being designed to maximize the participatory nature of the event, Worldviews 2013 will offer workshops, café conversations, a live twitter feed, and plenty of opportunities for face to face meetings with like minded participants.

    To reserve your spot at Worldviews 2013, head here to register:

    See you in Toronto!

    Conference Agenda Now Available! May 14, 2013

    Worldviews 2013 is just over a month away – June 19 to 21 – and we’re pleased to announce our full conference agenda is now online.

    Building on the success of the inaugural 2011 event, this one of a kind international conference will assemble thinkers – academics, editors, students, journalists, communication professionals — to examine how media coverage of higher education is shaping the organization, operation and perceptions of these institutions in a global context.

    We’re truly excited to be welcoming a diverse range of distinguished speakers in addition to offering conference attendees workshops, café conversations, and plenty of opportunities to deliberate, network, and generate ideas in a unique setting.

    Click here for all the details and let us know what you think:


    We hope you can join us at Worldviews 2013!

    Committing Sociology May 1, 2013

    A group of academics from around the world intend to commit Sociology at every panel, keynote and even during coffee breaks at Worldviews 2013.

    “Keep Calm and Commit Sociology” reads the promotional buttons produced by a group of academics who took Stephen Harper to task today over recent comments about the sources of terrorism while also promoting their annual conference. The buttons are a riff on the 1939 poster designed by the British government to raise the morale of the public in the aftermath of widely predicted mass air attacks.

    On June 19th – 21st, academics from around the world will be descending upon Toronto to discuss issues of higher education, technology and the media during Worldviews 2013: Global Trends on Higher Education and Media.

    “Our conference examines new global trends in media and higher education,” said Joel Westheimer, University Research Chair in the Sociology of Education at the University of Ottawa. “Mr. Harper’s recent comments on the sources of terrorism speaks to a kind of anti-intellectualism that has come to characterize his government. The very purpose of our conference is to discuss a number of sociological issues in higher education that are relevant to all Canadians.”

    Worldviews 2013 will highlight the importance of committing sociology by examining the changing nature of higher education, media coverage and looking at the way technology is changing the two sides of the equation.

    “There is a war on information in our country,” said Westheimer. “On the media, on academics, on libraries, on archives, on the census – the list keeps going. We need to understand the ‘why’ of things, and cutting away our ability to make informed decisions will invariably derail our country.”

    Worldviews 2013 will be taking place at the University of Toronto, June 19 to June 21. Buttons are available from the Worldviews website for $5 a piece and proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Sociological Association’s student research award.

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    Caitlin Kealey


    Event blog post Speculative Diction: Pragmatic Preoccupations April 19, 2013

    Pre-conference panelist, Melonie Fullick, has written a blog post for University Affairs that summarizes The War on Knowledge?

    ‘The War on Knowledge?’ Storify April 17, 2013

    Check out our Storify from our Pre-Conference event ‘The War On Knowledge?’