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A conversation about outsourcing education, higher education culture and adjunctivism

6 May 2014

#BCCAgora – Conference 1
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A conversation about outsourcing education, higher education culture and adjunctivism.

Saturday, May 10th from 9:00 am to noon –
Berkeley City College, room 431
2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

There have been numerous conversations in the last few decades about the neoliberalization of higher education and how colleges and university are increasingly being conceived as needing to adhere to the parameters of private sector business and market values. Even if the actions, paradigms and goals of educational leaders and institutions are not directed specifically towards the privatization of this area of public services; nevertheless, they manage educational institutions as if they were, or should be, run according to the models of private businesses. An example of this is the ever-increasing emphasis on productivity, budget constraints and the massification of education. In the case of this last development, illustrated by last year’s obsession with MOOCs, it is interesting to note that most of the conversations about MOOCs did not focus on the idea of open education but rather on using them in ways that could serve the greatest amount of students with the fewest resources. Furthermore, more and more corporations are directly or indirectly influencing curriculum, for example, through research and materials produced by textbook giants. Another example of this corporate influence can be found in the use of consultants to outsource critical operations of the educational institutions such as technology and assessment. At the same time, perhaps because of the focus on economic productivity, another phenomenon that has become predominant in the last two decades is the precarization of instruction in the form of adjunctivism. In this short conference/conversation we will discuss these issues and debate the possibilities and consequences of conceiving higher educational institutions that conform to the parameters of the private business model.

Conference Schedule (3 panels)

8:45-9:10 Reception, coffee, etc.

9:10-10  / Panel 1: Invited Speaker: Audrey Watters

 

Audrey Watters is a writer who’s worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Although two chapters into her Comparative Literature dissertation, Audrey decided to abandon academia, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Edutopia, MindShift, Fast Company, Inside Higher Ed, The School Library Journal, O’Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, Campus Technology, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education. She is the editor and lead writer for Educating Modern Learners, and she is also currently working on a book called Teaching Machines, due out in 2014.

10:10-11 / Panel 2 following Audrey’s presentation a discussion about outsourcing education and higher education culture

  • Miguel A . Altieri  UC Berkeley
  • Rich Copenhagen former President of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.
  • Matthew M. Goldstein, Laney College and President of the Peralta Federation of Teachers
  • Abel J. Guillén, President of The Peralta Community College District Governing Board.
  • José M. Ortiz, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District
  • Cleavon Smith, Berkeley City College and President of the Faculty Senate
  • Karolyn van Putten, Laney College and District Academic Senate president

11:10-noon / Panel discussion about adjunctivism.

Facilitators of the event: Fabián Banga and Justin Hoffman (Berkeley City College)

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, please contact the DSPS office. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

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Dr. Inez Fung Presents “How to Use Data and Climate Models to Measure and Verify Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions” on Wed., Nov. 6, @ 7pm, BCC Auditorium

30 October 2013

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Dr. Inez FungAs international, national and local targets for greenhouse gas emissions are discussed and implemented, how well do we know if the targets are being met?

 

MSRI and Berkeley City College will host “Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 6, with Dr. Inez Fung, in Berkeley City College’s auditorium, 2050 Center St., Berkeley. The lecture is part of “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of lectures sponsored by the Simons Foundation (www.simonsfoundation.org) and co-presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and Berkeley City College. Dr. Fung will demonstrate how data assimilation techniques merge observations with climate change models to test similarity between “bottom-up” reported emissions and “top-down” estimates inferred from their atmospheric signatures. The presentation is free and open to the public.

 

Please note that seating in the auditorium is limited and you must present a ticket at the door to ensure your admission. Please RSVP to obtain your ticket: go to http://inezfung.bpt.me.

 

Dr. Fung is professor of atmospheric science in UC Berkeley’s earth and planetary science and environmental science, policy and management departments. She has studied climate change for 20 years and has created large-scale mathematical modeling approaches and numerical models to represent the geographic and temporal variations of CO2sources, dust and other trace substances around the globe. She leads the HydroWatch Project, a multidisciplinary endeavor in one of UC’s Natural Reserves which uses cutting-edge technology to track the life-cycle of water. She also is on the science team of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, a new satellite that will measure the abundance of CO2 over the earth.

 

Dr. Fung received a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics and a doctorate in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1998 as the first Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences. She is founding director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center and of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment.

 

In 2005, Dr. Fung was named one the “Scientific American 50” and in 2006 received the World Technology Network Award for the Environment. She is a contributing author to the IPCC (spell out IPCC) Assessment Reports, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore.

 

All remaining MSRI-BCC lectures will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesdays in BCC’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia St., on Feb. 12, Mar. 12, and Apr. 9. For details about lecturers and the series, please visit www.msri.org/events/nott.

 

 

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MSRI-BCC host Dr. Keith Devlin, InnerTube Games president and Stanford mathemetician lecture on “Video Games for Mathematics,” 7 p.m., Wed., Oct. 9, BCC Auditorium

8 October 2013

  • Dr. Keith DevlinMSRI-BCC host Dr. Keith Devlin, InnerTube Games president and Stanford mathematician lecture on “Video  Games for Mathematics,” at Berkeley City College’s auditorium  (2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. & Milvia St.)  7 p.m., Wed., Oct. 9.

Dr. Keith Devlin will show how casual games that provide representations of mathematics enable children (and adults) to learn basic mathematics by “playing,” in the same way we learn music by learning to play the piano.

 

Admission is free and open to the public but seats are limited so tickets are required. Get your free tickets at the Brown Paper Ticketing website: http://keithdevlin.bpt.me/

 

Devlin is a mathematician at Stanford University, a co-founder and executive director of the university’s H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, a senior researcher at CSLI, and co-founder and president of InnerTube Games.

 

All remaining MSRI-BCC lectures will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesdays in BCC’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia St., on Nov. 6, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, and Apr. 9. For details about lecturers and the series, please visit www.msri.org/events/nott.

 

The “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of lectures is sponsored by the Simons Foundation (www.simonsfoundation.org) and co-presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and Berkeley City College.

 

 

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MSRI/BCC host Pixar’s Tony DeRose’s lecture on “Math in the Movies,” 7 p.m., Wed., Sept. 11, BCC Auditorium

23 August 2013

Dr. Tony DeRose, Pixar Animation StudiosDr. Tony DeRose, senior scientist and research group leader at Emeryville’s Pixar Animation Studios, will illustrate the extraordinary contribution of mathematics to animated films.  Math and science underlie the stunning visuals that are essential to storytelling in Pixar’s award-winning movies.  Using numerous clips from such productions as Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, The  Incredibles, Monsters, Inc. and Brave, DeRose will demonstrate how computer technology, physics, geometry, and applied math make possible special effects. Visit his website at http://graphics.pixar.com/people/derose/.

 

DeRose’s lecture is free and open to the public.

 

All remaining MSRI-BCC lectures will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesdays in BCC’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia St., on Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, and Apr. 9. For details about lecturers and the series, please visit www.msri.org/events/nott.

 

The “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of lectures is sponsored by the Simons Foundation (www.simonsfoundation.org) and co-presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and Berkeley City College.

 

 

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