Worldviews 2019 will focus on democracy and the changing power relations of higher education and the media in the global north and south – specifically examining the concept of expertise in a post-truth world and the types of voices amplified in by emerging technologies. It will draw together a diverse, international audience, including academics, students, leaders in higher education, communications professionals, journalists, editors, bloggers, and others pioneering new ways of connecting in a digital world without borders.

The conference will provide a forum for attendees to engage thoughtfully with the challenges and opportunities presented by the democratization of higher education and the media, facilitate a lively exchange of ideas, and explore innovative possibilities for partnerships.

Areas of particular focus include:

  • How do we communicate in a “post-truth” world? How does the democratization of expertise change how we communicate? How does it affect the impact of our communications?
  • How do technological changes impact higher education and the media? What are the implications for both sectors? How might technology be used in the future? What are the implications for the work of academics and journalists with changing technology and intensified social media platforms? How do these shifts impact collaborations between media and academics? What changes might we see in labour markets, student expectations, and future public attitudes as a result of technological changes?
  • How might diverse voices be recognized in media and higher education with changing power structures?
  • How does democratization open up opportunities to ask questions that were previously impossible to consider?
  • In a world where news from the other side of the world is only a click away, how do foreign events and developments influence domestic approaches to higher education and media? How do these global intersections influence the work of academics and journalists, and how do different international perspectives help shape local discussions?



As with past Worldviews conferences, an international array of speakers will converge in Toronto, bringing perspectives from around the world. The theme and content of Worldviews 2019 will draw delegates from media and higher education who bring a wide range of experience, insight and opinion. Speakers will engage the audience with lively commentary and debate, and, working with organizers, focus on fostering an environment that encourages participation and direction from attendees, rather than just from the front of the room.

A full list of speakers will be developed once the themes and sessions are finalized. Some past speakers (listed with their titles at the time of speaking at Worldviews) include:

  • Phillip Altbach, Director, Centre for International Higher Education, Boston College
  • Bill Ayers, Formerly Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education
  • Katie Britton, Program Director WAMC/Northeast Public Radio
  • Tony Burman, former Head of Strategy, The Americas, Al Jazeera
  • Ying Cheng, Executive Director, Centre for World-Class Universities Graduate School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Rahul Choudaha, Director of Research and Strategic Development, World Education Services
  • Simona Chiose, Postsecondary education reporter, The Globe and Mail
  • Megan Clement, Deputy Editor, The Conversation UK
  • Sir John Daniel, former CEO and President, Commonwealth of Learning, former Assistant Director-General, UNESCO
  • Daniel DeVise, Higher Education Reporter, Washington Post
  • Kathy English, Public Editor, Toronto Star
  • John Fraser, Master, Massey College
  • Shari Graydon, Media educator, and founder of Informed Opinions
  • Adam Habib, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, University of Johannesburg
  • Alfred Hermida, Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia
  • Robin Hogan, Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Yale University
  • Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
  • Andrew Jaspin, Founder and Editor, The Conversation
  • Glen Jones, Professor, University of Toronto, Ontario Research Chair for Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement and Dean of the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education
  • Waleed Khan, Marketing and Media Manager, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
  • Lisa Lapin, Assistant Vice President of University Communications, Stanford University
  • Jenny Leonard, Editor, Futurity
  • Paul Lewis, President and General Manager, Discovery Channel Canada
  • Bob MacDonald, CBC Quirks and Quarks
  • Karen McGregor, former Global Editor, University World News
  • Mary Beth Marklein, Higher Education reporter, USA Today
  • Goolam Mohamedbhal, former Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities
  • Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University
  • Adrian Monck, Managing Director, Head of Communications and Media, World Economic Forum
  • Bob Morse, Director of Data Research, US News & World Report
  • David Naylor, former President, University of Toronto
  • Andrew Ng, Founder, Coursera, Associate Professor, Stanford University
  • Penny Park, Executive Director, Science Media Centre of Canada
  • Lynne Pasquerella, former President, Mount Holyoke College
  • Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, University of Science, Malaysia
  • Jeffrey Selingo, former Editor, Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Ivan Seminiuk, former News Editor, Nature
  • Blanka Siwinska, Editor-in-chief, Perspektywy Magazine
  • John Willinsky, Faculty of Education, Stanford University


Watch this page for updates about confirmed speakers for 2019 in the coming months.

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