Taking back the University: the SDS at UBC

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Taking back the University: the SDS at UBC

 

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Taking back the University: the SDS at UBC

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The increasing militarization of education, lack of democracy, accountability and transparency in the university governance structure, and the gentrification of campus galvanized University of British Columbia (UBC) students in the summer of 2007 to form their very own Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) – a consensus-based, open and inclusive collective that is unafraid to use direct-action to enact radical social change.

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Resisting the University is about resisting the commodification and corporatization of education with an anti-militarization, anti-gentrification and direct-action bent. Our conference unites community activists, UBC professors and students and aims to create a dialogue about the nature of the University. We have two keynote speakers for this conference: David Noble, a radical professor at York University, and Denis Rancourt, an anarchist professor at the University of Ottawa. Moreover, we have panels everyday about issues that affect us as students and members of society but that aren't usually addressed in the classroom.