Thursday, February 16, 2006

Alberta: Education Cross Roads Conference

Post Secondary Education At the Crossroads

February 23 – 26, 2006


Just a reminder that if you have not already done so, to register for our upcoming Post-Secondary Education Conference. If you are unable to attend the whole conference, but would like to take in the keynote speakers in either Calgary or Edmonton, tickets are available at $10 each. The keynote speakers will present in Calgary on February 23 at 7:00 pm, Orpheus Theatre, SAIT Campus and again in Edmonton on February 24 at 7:30 pm in Salon A of the Crowne Plaza.

In the summer of 2005, Public Interest Alberta put its post-secondary education campaign into action. At its core, the campaign has been about stimulating a wide debate on post-secondary education. At the Crossroads is the culmination of the campaign effort to capture Albertans' ideas into the evolution of our post-secondary education system.

At the Crossroads offers a unique opportunity for all post-secondary education stakeholders, advocates, and members of the public to develop concrete initiatives and action plans, which will provide a framework to fashion a post-secondary education system that best serves our society. We hope you can join us to be a part of this important discussion about the future of our post-secondary education system.

*Keynote Speakers:

Peter MacMenamin

Peter MacMenamin is the Deputy General Secretary of the Teachers’ Union Ireland (TUI) and oversees the Higher Education mandate of the Union. He was also the President of the TUI from 1988 to 1990. Prior to joining the higher echelons of the Union, MacMenamin had been an educator at Second Level school for over 15 years. Peter MacMenamin will speak about the transformation of Ireland’s post-secondary education system and the impact that this has had on their society and economy.

Jeffrey Simpson

Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist, is the recipient of all three leading Canadian literary prizes – the Governor-General’s Award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and two time winner of the National Newspaper Award for column writing. Jeffrey Simpson has published five books – Discipline of Power (1980); Spoils of Power (1988); Fault-lines, Struggling for a Canadian Vision (1993); The Anxious Years (1996); and Star-Spangled Canadians (2000) and The Friendly Dictatorship (2001). Jeffrey Simpson will address the issue of why and how the federal and provincial governments must make post-secondary education a priority.

*Either keynote presentation is included in the full conference registration of $125.00.

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