Beyond the Ivory Tower: Knowledge, Community and the UN Sustainable Development Goals : March 2, 2018

This public forum is intended for dialogues and conversations about the roles of the university in community engaged learning and research, and how such engagements could lead to meaningful partnerships between univeristy and the communities, particularly with regards to addressing development issues.
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12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch and Registration
1:00 – 2:30 pm – Opening remarks and Keynote, followed by Q&A
2:30 – 2:45 pm – Tea break
2:45 – 3:30 pm – Panel discussion on university and community partnership in research and development
3:30 – 4:00 pm – Reflections and ways forward
Date and Time
Friday, March 2, 2018
12:00-4:00 PM
Catalyst Centre, Environmental Science and Chemistry Building
University of Toronto Scarborough
1065 Military Trail
Scarborough, Ontario M1C1A3
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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Budd Hall
Beyond the Ivory Tower: Knowledge, Community and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations (UN) universally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as a beacon for socially, economically and ecologically sustainable development. Agenda 2030 establishes 17 Goals which are universally applicable for all countries of the world. It can be argued that the SDGs represent the most progressive global agenda ever agreed upon by all the nations of the world. It is clear that there is an important role for higher education institutions to play in addressing SDGS. Budd Hall will make the argument that among the contributions that Universities may make, that a critical contribution involves thinking about knowledge, how knowledge is constructed and by whom. Hall builds on an emerging discourse of knowledge democracy, ideas influenced by Fals Borda, de Sousa Santos, Tandon, Tuhuwei-Smith, Davies and Gaventa. He will share ideas about a recently launched Knowledge for Change Global Consortium for Training in Community Based Participatory Research.
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