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@UBC Faculty Association motion of no confidence in Board of Governors carries

 

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Further to a series of unfortunate events that had taken place from August 2015 onwards, and particularly in reaction to the accidental release of documents at the end of January 2016, a motion of no confidence in the UBC Board of Governors was brought to members of the Faculty Association.  (more…)

Fore and aft of the @UBC Faculty Association NO CONFIDENCE in the #UBCBoG meeting (2): from the afternoon of 2016-03-22 onwards

Continuation of Twitter collage, from after the Faculty Association meeting up to the evening of 2016-03-26:


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Fore and aft of the @UBC Faculty Association NO CONFIDENCE in the #UBCBoG meeting (1): up to the morning of 2016-03-22

Here is a sequence of Twitter screenshots (all public and still there), some content of which had already appeared on here, some of which would later.

Like all my scholarly activity, my Twitter reading and writing also includes Medievalism and the Humanities in general; I’m also working on two translations and on debate-poetry and satire, and in process of preparing (and therefore thinking about) courses I am teaching next year on the liberal arts (300-level Medieval Studies) and the bande dessinée / graphic novel & other cartoons in French (300-level French literature & culture). As often happens, apparently distinct and distant threads will cross, sometimes interweave, create interference and convergence patterns and rhythms, and may resonate or harmonise. Allusive, analogical, architectural. All part of the creative process.

CAVEAT: some items are out of order; in process of fixing that.


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I’m voting NO CONFIDENCE in the UBC Board of Governors (3a, the long version)

Here are the notes I prepared for speaking to the motion I was seconding today, at a Special General Meeting of the UBC Faculty Association, with the addition of comments: mostly back-up development of points / arguments from post (1) in this present series, and back-up evidence excerpted from post (2).

Comments added with reference to today’s meeting and discussion are in [square brackets]. The original text in post (3) is in italics.

I should add in preface that these remarks are simply a statement of how I came to this position. If they help others in making a decision—whatever that decision might be—that is all to the good and they will have served their purpose. (more…)

I’m voting NO CONFIDENCE in the UBC Board of Governors: here’s why (3)

These are the notes I prepared for speaking to the motion I was seconding today, at a Special General Meeting of the UBC Faculty Association. The main body of text below is the raw form: I may have added things when actually speaking, I removed one thing because I realised it was redundant.

… and here’s why (3a, the long version) = the notes following below with the addition of comments (demarcated from original text here): back-up development of points / arguments from post (1) in this present series; back-up evidence excerpted from post (2); and comments added with reference to today’s meeting and discussion.
(2016-03-22) (more…)

Resources & readings on the UBC governance matters

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This post shares the main things that I’ve been reading regularly over the last several months for contributions to commentary, analysis, and critique. As well as news coverage itself. (more…)

I’m voting NO CONFIDENCE in the UBC Board of Governors: here’s why (2)

Being a BODY OF EVIDENCE in appendix to post (1) of the same title.

= RUNNING RECORD OF MEDIA COVERAGE IN +/- CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. From a range of sources including UBC News/Public Affairs/PR, UBC Faculty Association public information & correspondence with the Board, mainstream news, independent media, student journalism, and investigative reporting and commentary. (more…)

I’m voting NO CONFIDENCE in the UBC Board of Governors: here’s why (1)

This is me. I am a member of the UBC faculty.

I. WHAT AM I VOTING ON?

Notice of Meeting and Notice of Motion

The [UBC] Faculty Association Executive Committee was presented with a petition signed by over 450 faculty seeking to have a membership vote on a no confidence motion. The motion, sponsored by Jonathan Ichikawa (Philosophy), Juliet O’Brien (FHIS), and Alan Richardson (Philosophy) is as follows:

“Be it resolved that the Faculty Association of the University of British Columbia has no confidence in the University of British Columbia Board of Governors.”

Pursuant to the Association’s Constitution, the President, in discussion with the Executive Committee, has agreed to call a special general meeting of the membership to discuss the motion, which will be voted on electronically following this meeting to ensure that all members have an opportunity to participate in the vote.

Meetings at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.

Locations:

  • UBC Vancouver: Jack Poole Hall South, UBC Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard
  • UBC Okanagan: Sci 337, Science Building

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On good government

Ambrogio Lorenzetti, The Allegory of Good Government (Sala dei Nove, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena: 1338-39)

ABSTRACT 

This piece started out as some Tweets yesterday. It is intended as a friendly useful guide to our Board of Governors on the art of good government; be that as is, or in using ideas from it and adapting them to new ideas of governance. Medievalists are, as ever, here to help in the here and now …

UBC, a public university, is currently celebrating its centenary. And in the midst of governance crises. Here are two reasons why some frescos in a council chamber can help. 

  • GOOD GOVERNMENT (1): A NEW TRANSLATION
  • TRANSLATION (2): CONTEXT, RECONTEXTUALISATION, & TRANSCRIPTION INTO PHYSICAL PRACTICE

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On clarity & transparency

 

(not UBC: Clare Hall, University of Cambridge: exemplary intellectual environment)

 
Things have been happening at UBC. I am optimistic. That may of course change: I may become less hopeful, or more hopeful. I am of course hoping for the latter, because it’s better to be happy than sad. Especially when you add to your own happiness that of other people.  (more…)