In the Maple Spring of 2012 tens of thousands of Quebec students held demonstrations and marched in protest against the provincial government’s plan to raise tuition fees by 75%. On May 18 the Quebec National Assembly passed Bill 78, an emergency law that turned the civic, democratic action into something that required approval. It criminalized dissent.
Professor Henry Giroux sees this sort of action as just one instance of a larger war being waged not only youth but on public participation more generally, where the current neo-liberal regime works to reduce all expression to consumer purchases. Drawing on the insights from his 2013 Youth in Revolt and the recently released Disposable Futures, Giroux sits down with CBC’s Paul Kennedy to discuss the punitive state of our affairs and the possibilities for overcoming it.
Professor Giroux’s research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Counci
- April 11, 2015
- 1:00 pm
- Al Green Theatre at the Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto