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Dr. Ali A. Abdi - Global Education

Monday, November 13, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building (FEB)
Room: 1010

The Global Education Research Speaker Series is an annual feature in which we host distinguished scholars, community members, activists, and leaders to share their ideas about compelling issues of international and global interest. Please join us for one of these remarkable events. Please contact Dr. Melody Viczko for more information (

We are pleased to host the following speaker through our Global Education Research Speaker Series at the Faculty of Education.

Dr. Ali A. Abdi - University of British Columbia

The Disappearing Global Public Intellectual: Critical Analysis

November 13, 2017, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
FEB 1010

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, November 8, 2017


The intellectual history of the world has been, at least until recently, punctuated by the emergence of actively engaged public intellectuals who, at seminal intervals of human life, have influenced and many times, shifted, the way we see and interact with our socio-historical, knowledge and politico-economic contexts. These intellectuals, whether in academia, community-based or in leadership positions, enlarged the space of the public debate, challenged the prevailing epistemic and power relations, and selectively became the vanguard in reading the world differently. From Socrates to Galileo, Gramsci, C. Wright Mills, Fanon, Said, Malcolm X and Mandela, the impact of these public intellectuals has been expansive in the knowledge and rights domains of people’s lives. Lately though, the diminished status, even the horizontal disappearance of such intellectuals is very palpable and does not bode well for the variously marginalized. It is in response to this and related issues that I share my observations on the case. In so doing, I shall not miss the continuing availability of the public space for debates, but unlike previous times, it is now mostly monopolized by those I prefer to label pseudo-intellectuals for hire.

Speaker Biography

Ali A. Abdi is professor of social development education and department head in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Previously he was professor of education and co-founding director of the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research at the University of Alberta. His areas of teaching and research interests include global citizenship and human rights education, social and cultural foundations of education, and decolonizing philosophies and epistemologies of education. He is the founding editor of the Journal of contemporary Issues in Education, and co-founding editor of Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry.

Melody Viczko

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