Studies Program Hosts
Sociologist as Visiting Scholar
Well-known Canadian sociologist and author Gordon
Laxer will be on campus as rural studies visiting scholar
Oct. 30. He will give a talk titled "Not for Sale:
Decommodifying Public Life and Nature" at 7 p.m. in
the OVC Lifetime Learning Centre cafeteria.
Laxer is director of the Parkland Institute, a research
network based at the University of Alberta. He has taken
part in debates on globalization and the United States,
Canadian economic sovereignty, developing an accommodation
with Quebec, and opposing the dismantling of public services.
"There are certain lines that can't be crossed with
the public, and health care and public education seem to
be two of them," says lecture organizer Jennifer Sumner,
a post-doctoral researcher in Guelph's rural studies program.
"(Laxer) will add to the public discussion of what's
important to us as people."
Laxer is the principal investigator of the Globalism Project,
a $1.9-million, five-year collaboration involving 19 researchers
in Canada, Mexico, Australia and Norway. His book Open
for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada
received the 1992 John Porter Award from the Canadian Association
of Sociology and Anthropology.