Sunday, September 26, 2004

Giroux at McMaster

I had read this before but forgotten it until I encountered this interview: world reknowned scholar of critical pedagogy Henry Giroux is now on faculty at McMaster University, the institution I attended in Hamilton, Ontario.

I think in the interview he is soft on Canada and soft on McMaster, which despite a reputation for innovative education (particularly in the health sciences) is a pretty conservative and corporatist place. Mind you, a friend of mine was on the committee that hired the new Dean of Humanities that Giroux mentions in the article, and she sounds pretty cool. Perhaps she is succeeding in injecting some critical energy into the place. Certainly Giroux's presence is a boost in that regard -- the number of radical faculty at Mac is pretty minimal.

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