On April 21, 2015, OCUFA co-hosted the first annual Worldviews Lecture on Media and Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. The lecture was present by Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education at the Institute of Education at University College London.
Titled “Universities, the plutocracy, and the 1 per cent,” the lecture examined how higher education may be contributing to growing inequality in the West, and what can be done to regain higher education’s important role as a promoter of social mobility. The lecture was attended by scholars, students, and policymakers from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.
The lecture was also webcast, and an archive of the presentation can be found on the OISE website.
The Worldviews Lecture is a spinoff of the popular Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education. It is sponsored by OCUFA, OISE/University of Toronto, the Washington-based Inside Higher Ed, and the London-based University World News. Stay tuned for announcements about next year’s lecture.