photoThe UNESCO Chair in CBR and Social Responsibility in Higher Education has entered into several months of heightened activity beginning with the Canadian launch of the Chair at the First People’s House at the University of Victoria on March 4th, 2013. Co-Chairs Rajesh Tandon and Budd Hall were ‘blanketed’ by Cowichan First Nation’s Elders Pat and Ron George and drummed into the ceremonial hall by Elder’s Vic and Joyce Underwood. Statements from the President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the President of the University of Victoria, an Indigenous student and from Rajesh and Budd were heard.

Authors of the regional papers for the GUNi World Report on Higher Education were in Victoria along with GUNi leadership of Cristina Esgrigas and Jesus Granados Sanchez to refine and debate the contributions to the World Report that will be published in November of 2013.

Over the next few months, the UNESCO chair team will be participating in a number of important events where strategies, theories and practices of knowledge democracy will be debated and deepened.  Budd will be at the National University of Ireland, Galway for a public lecture and a workshop April 11/12 . Budd and Rajesh will be in Saudi Arabia April 15-17 for an International Conference on Social Responsibility In Higher Education.May 12-15 is the long awaited and strategically important GUNi conference on “Knowledge, Transformation and Higher Education” in Barcelona where we hope that representatives of all the key global networks will be present. Budd, Rajesh, Namita and I will be in Barcelona for a set of many meetings.

THERE IS STILL TIME to submit a student video on “The World We Imagine”: please check out GUNI’s webpage for more information.

June 2-6 will find Budd,  Rajesh and I at the Canadian Congress for the Humanities and the Social Sciences with Budd continuing on to Newfoundland for CUExpo 2013, the large national event bringing community and university folks together in Canada and Rajesh Keynoting the Global Trends in Media and Higher Education Conference in Toronto.

The Question: How can all this exposure, focus and attention to the role of knowledge creation and co-creation between and amongst community groups and movements and higher education bodies move the equity and social justice agenda forward?