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Push the Big Blue Button again for DWCA 2022 AGM

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/07/2022 - 8:10pm in

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DATE: Sunday 21 August 2022 TIME: 4pm VENUE: 2nd Floor Club Burwood, 97 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW AGENDA: President’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; and Election of Office Bearers. Once again we’ll be offering people an online attendance option conferencing software Big Blue Button, which has a neat built-in poll function for taking votes. An email with the invite code will be sent out to members the day before (Saturday August 20). Any candidate standing for election as an Office Bearer (President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer) must be a current DWCA member who has held membership for a minimum period of… Continue reading

The 6th “Clarification of the Basic Income’s Definition” (CBID) Open Forum: 12.30 PM GMT (1.30 PM London), Tuesday 28 June 2022

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 01/06/2022 - 1:50am in

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Malcolm Torry will present his paper titled “Basic Income: A brief history of the idea”. Discussion will follow. Abstract: A Basic Income is ‘a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement’ (Basic Income Earth Network [BIEN]). It is always that: but within that definition there has […]

FRIBIS-BIEN Zoom Dialogue on UBI: 3 June 2022

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 26/05/2022 - 12:38am in

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FRIBIS (Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies) and BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network) invite you to a Global Basic Income Dialogue with experts on the UBI via a Zoom-meeting on 3 June 2022. 6 p.m. CEST / 9 a.m. PDT / 5p.m. GMT / 9:30 p.m. IST Gisèle Huff, a U.S. philanthropist supporter of UBI, […]

The BIG Conference 20th Annual Program

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 23/05/2022 - 6:08am in

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In a few short weeks, June 23-25, the biggest annual North American event for basic income will be taking place: the 20th Annual Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) Conference! Click for access to registration, the full program and more information. June 23 and 24 sessions will be live in Portland, Oregon and the June 25 (Saturday) sessions […]

Basic Income advocates launch a #SignStorm in the EU

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 22/05/2022 - 12:11pm in

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ECI-UBI Press Release Basic Income advocates launched a SignStorm action aimed to get extra support for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Start Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout the EU” before the campaign’s end on 25 June 2022. The UBI Europe General Assembly on 21st of May in Prague, Czech Republic, following the statement of the […]

GUARANTEED INCOME: A Primer for Funders

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 12:58pm in

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This primer was developed by the Asset Funders Network (AFN) to educate foundations, individual donors, and other funders about the ways in which guaranteed income and related cash-based policies not only strengthen low and moderate income communities and communities of color, but also build a healthy and more  resilient economy for us all. Guaranteed Income […]

May/June 2022: FRIBIS Basic Income Workshop Series hosted by Karl Widerquist

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 16/05/2022 - 12:53pm in

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Karl Widerquist is hosting a workshop series that will feature lectures by international guest speakers from the field of basic income research. Detailed Information and the Live-Stream-Link you can find below. The series began on May 10 2022 with talks by Simon März, Jurgen De Wispelaere and Simon Birnbaum. The next workshop will be held May 31 […]

What role could a UBI play in ensuring nutritious, and sustainable diets for all?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 08/05/2022 - 12:53pm in

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You are invited to join the launch of UBI Lab Food, the 40th lab of the UBI Lab Network, a virtual event to be held Thursday 12 May 2022 at 13:00-1400 BST. The launch event will be an opportunity to engage in a rich discussion about the potential role of a Universal Basic Income in ensuring […]

FRIBIS Annual Conference 2022

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 08/05/2022 - 11:50am in

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Basic income has become the subject of a lively and controversial debate in politics, civil society and academia. By questioning the fundamental assumptions of our social interaction, it challenges us to redefine the way we want to live together. This year’s FRIBIS’ annual conference will be taking a closer look at the relationship between basic […]

Removal of Philosophy Professor from Institute Directorship Raises Academic Freedom Concerns

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 26/04/2022 - 8:44pm in

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The administration at St. Olaf College has ended, one year early, the appointment of philosophy and religion professor Edmund Santurri as director of the College’s Institute for Freedom & Community.


[Damien Hirst, “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”]

Professor Santurri’s directorship of the Institute was supposed to run through August of 2023. Why was his term ended now? One possibility is that the administration and faculty are unhappy with his choices of guest speakers for the Institute’s public lecture series, which is one of its main programs. Recent Institute events, such as talks by Peter Singer (Princeton) and others provoked objections from faculty and students at St. Olaf.

In a letter protesting Professor Santurri’s removal, Keith Whittington (Princeton), writing on behalf of the Academic Freedom Alliance, says:

It seems quite apparent that the precipitating cause of this decision was the controversy on campus surrounding Professor Peter Singer’s public lecture at the Institute in the spring of 2022, though we understand that there has likewise been concern expressed about other speakers brought to campus by the Institute.

Professor Whittington notes that “no member of the faculty is entitled to hold such an administrative position,” however, “it is a grievous assault on the intellectual climate of the college for the director of a scholarly center to be precipitously dismissed from his post because the intellectual activities of the center offend members of the campus community.” He writes:

This sudden termination of Professor Santurri’s appointment as Director sends a clear message to the campus that some exploration of ideas will not be tolerated and that the college’s stated promise that the faculty will have the full freedom to pursue the truth in accord with their scholarly judgment is a hollow one. Professor Santurri has been professionally and materially damaged by this decision, and other members of the faculty have learned that there are intellectual boundaries that they dare not cross.

The letter concludes by calling for the College to “pay all stipends on top of his base salary as promised in his letter of appointment and to grant his request to be appointed by the chair of the St. Olaf College Board of Regents as a member of the Institute Advisory Board.”

Was the administration’s decision owed to the Institute’s activities being offensive to others at St. Olaf? Here’s what the administration says, according to Inside Higher Ed:

upcoming change in leadership at St. Olaf College’s Institute for Freedom and Community is not the result of the current Institute director’s decision to host any single speaker. As the Academic Freedom Alliance’s letter notes, the Institute hosted its full, planned lineup of speakers this semester with the most recent event taking place on April 21. St. Olaf College fully supports the institute and its mission of exploring diverse ideas, encouraging free inquiry and promoting civil discourse through a wide range of programs and events. The college is searching for a new director who will support that mission and seek to build the institute’s profile, effectiveness and impact on our students.

You can view the 2021-22 program of speakers here and the previous year’s lineup here.

UPDATE (4/27/22): Joel Pust (in the comments) notes that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has also written to the St. Olaf administration. Details here.

UPDATE (4/27/22): Professor Santurri is interviewed about the situation on the “Banished” podcast. (via Joel Pust)

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