You’re re-invited to Worldviews 2020

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We have a new date for Worldviews 2020! Now taking place on September 18, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and the Centre for the Study of Canadian International Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto are proud to be hosting the sixth annual Worldviews Lecture on Media and Higher Education as a live online event.

The Myth of Meritocracy:
From satire to social inequality

Speaker: Professor Jo Littler

Date and time: Friday, September 18, 2020, 11am
Location: Online
Registration: This is a free public event but advance registration is required.

Register here

The concept of meritocracy suggests that anyone can ascend the social and economic ladder if they work hard enough, regardless of their social position. This rather ambitious claim originated as a satirical take on social mobility in the 1950’s.

And yet meritocracy is now embedded at the heart of our economic, social, cultural, and academic institutions in a way that obscures the role meritocracy plays in social exclusion.

This year’s Worldviews lecture will attempt to make meritocracy satire again.

The discussion will open with a talk by Professor Jo Littler of City, University of London and author of Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility. Her talk will be followed by a conversation with a dynamic panel of experts and academics, featuring Rupa Banerjee, Carl James, and Wayne Lewchuk.

Moderated by Trish Hennessy, panelists will explore the ways merit creates social and economic barriers and address its intersections with class, race, gender, and immigration status.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. We hope you will join us for what promises to be an engaging conversation.

For more information and to register, please visit:

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