ALAIN DENEAULT DOUBLE HEADER AT UBC
UBC’S NEW MINING INSTITUTE AND THE BIG PICTURE, AND
‘RETAKING THE UNIVERSITY’: STUDENT ACTIVISM CONFERENCE
14 March 2014
(1) 12-1:30PM FRIDAY 14 MARCH
NORM THEATRE, STUDENT UNION BUILDING
PUBLIC LECTURE: UBC’s New Mining Institute and the Big Picture
UBC now hosts the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID), funded and mandated by CIDA to promote growth of Canada-based mining companies in their operations overseas. It partners with companies that have been accused of human rights abuses, bullying, and a transfer of far greater costs than benefits to communities and countries. Now through the CIIEID, our university departments may be legitimizing these abuses. The UBC community should have a say in the matter!
Three quarters of the world’s mining companies are headquartered in Canada, with around 1200 of them headquartered in Vancouver alone! Alain Deneault will discuss why Canada is the legal haven of choice for the world’s mining industry, and put the CIIEID in context with Canadian legal, financial, and foreign policies.
Alain Deneault teaches critical thought in the political science department at the Université de Montréal and conducts research for the Quebec section of the Tax Justice Network. He is co-author of the book Noir Canada: Pillage, corruption, etcriminalité en Afrique (Écosociété, 2008). His books most recently translated into English include Offshore: Tax Havens and the Rule of Global Crime (New Press, 2012) and Paul Martin and Companies: Sixty Theses on the Alegal Nature of Tax Havens (Talonbooks, 2005). His latest book Canada: A New Tax Haven will be released by Talonbooks in 2015.
(2) 2-4PM FRIDAY 14 MARCH
NORM THEATRE, STUDENT UNION BUILDING
SILENCE IS GOLD film & discussion of SLAPPs
Facing a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation – a SLAPP – is perhaps the worst nightmare for academics and journalists investigating and publishing original research that challenges the practices of large corporations. SLAPPs are meant to intimidate and silence critics: the high costs of a lengthy legal battle can exhaust and distract a researcher, and can lead to self-censorship. Learn about SLAPP legislation in Canada, and how Alain Deneault managed the lawsuits when SLAPPed by mining companies Barrick and Banro.
The film Silence is Gold raises key concerns about the practices of Canadian mining companies, the role of Canada on their behalf, the legal system that still allows corporations to intimidate researchers and journalists into silence, and points to the light at the end of the tunnel.
3) 5 – 6:30 PM FRIDAY 14 MARCH
THE UNIVERSITY AND THE CAPACITY TO RESIST
With Dr. Stephen Collis
Forestry CAWP 2916
Howard Caygill, in ‘On Resistance’, defines resistance as the building and maintenance of the capacity to resist. In this talk Dr. Stephen Collis will discuss the possibilities for building our capacity to resist within the existing neoliberal university, in alternative, free universities, and beyond the university. Ultimately, drawing on his own experiences as an academic and organizer, he proposes a “School for Resistance” that might take up the interstices between the capacity building of universities and that undertaken by grassroots social justice movements.
The talk will be given by Stephen Collis, a poet, activist and professor of contemporary literature at Simon Fraser University.
These events are sponsored by the SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTRE
and are part of the RETAKING THE UNIVERSITY
student activism conference 12-14 MARCH 2014
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/238816686302808/
Deneault events poster: Deneault_UBC_Lecture&Film_14MAR
We would like to remind everyone that this event and this university are on unceded Coast Salish territory. While we are analyzing the university and the world, it is important to acknowledge our place in the on-going history of Canada as a colonial-settler state. The impact of colonization continues to this day, affecting both our material circumstances as well as our understanding of ourselves and the world.