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Oct. 23, 2018

Education for Social Justice was an opportunity to consider how education can contribute to creating a just society, a community where everyone has the opportunities to realize their potential and live a good life.

On Oct. 23, an intimate crowd gathered at Forth for the first session of the Dean’s Lecture Series 2018-2019 season. Education for Social Justice was an opportunity to consider how to create a just society, a community where everyone has the opportunities to realize their potential and live a good life, with education.

Speaker Highlights

Niigaan Sinclair, professor, Native Studies, U of M, says education should help students answer four important questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Who can help me?

Social justice is about speaking truth, says Sinclair. “We can’t learn how to be a human being without talking about power. We need a critical analysis of power.”

Dorota Blumczynska, executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) addressed the immigrant experience.

“People come here with a hope to make things better, to live a different life, to place themselves in education and the curriculum. There is a need to feel complete,” says Blumcynska.

Jordan Bighorn, CEDA Pathways to Education program manager, spoke about what it means to be a true human being, as a Lakota person and also as a global citizen.

“Someone might ask why they should read something that has nothing to do with their life, but we are trying to introduce higher aspirations, to encourage people to develop a sense of accomplishment,” says Bighorn.

May 2, 2018

Winnipeg: Smart City – Intelligent Community
The launch of the Dean’s Lecture Series

On May 2, a crowd of about 30 enthusiastic people gathered at Forth for the first session of the Dean’s Lecture Series. This event was a chance to start, and continue, the conversation about how we will make our community not only Smart with its adaptation of technology, but also Intelligent in using that technology to improve people’s lives.

Speaker Highlights

Greg Dandewich, Senior Vice President, Economic Development Winnipeg, told us Smart Cities must have broadband, a knowledge workforce, innovation, digital inclusion, sustainability, advocacy and marketing. He noted that the Intelligent Community Forum, a think-tank in New York, has named Winnipeg as one of its top seven Intelligent Cities several times in the past few years.
“It’s not about the big and shiny. It’s about the successful use of innovation and technology, to make life better for our citizens. The City of Winnipeg’s proposal is a great one.”

Kathy Knight, CEO Information Communication Technology Association of Manitoba (ICTAM), said digital fluency will be required in an Intelligent city. “A higher level of education will be required, but not everyone has to be a coder.”

Gary Hepburn, Dean, Extended Education, U of M, noted that “Everyone will need to invest in lifelong learning. Our education system will have to adapt as new needs are identified. We must respond to needs of adults. For them, life must go on around education.”

Stefi Baum, Dean, Faculty of Science, U of M, said, “Building intelligent communities is ultimately about lowering the barriers between university, community, government, and industry. It involves some risk and letting go, with much to be gained.”

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