Friday Reading List. 06/01/2023. (Theme: Implicit Bias)

Six subheadings in this entry: 1) About the overarching EDI initiative in Canadian universities 2) Canadian Universities, Implicit Bias & EDI, examples 3) Why are some reluctant to criticise EDI programmes? 4) Hunting Implicit Biases (e.g anonymous reporting and bias incident response teams) 5) Questions and Controversy Around the Accuracy of Tests, the Efficacy of … Continue reading Friday Reading List. 06/01/2023. (Theme: Implicit Bias)

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Guest Post by Dr Paul Viminitz: Reduction.

Dr Paul Viminitz is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lethbridge. No one can accuse me of being fair. But were I to be, then yes, every discipline has its own vocabulary, its own syntax, its own rules of inference … Words, phrases, sentences, they all take their meaning from the discourse in … Continue reading Guest Post by Dr Paul Viminitz: Reduction.

A Speakeasy in the Age of (Speech) Prohibition

In addition to my research, I draw satirical and social & political cartoons I call Saturday Morning Pam-toons (the idea being that I'd publish a new one every Saturday - which hasn't been the case most of this year). The following Pam-toon appeared in the September 2021 edition of the SAFS (Society for Academic Freedom … Continue reading A Speakeasy in the Age of (Speech) Prohibition

A special report by Nathan Honeycutt and Lee Jussim: “The Implementation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Academia”

You can read Honeycutt and Jussim's report, here. 1 This report, "The Implementation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion," is published on Jussim's Substack, Unsafe Science. If you wish, you can subscribe to Unsafe Science for free, or access more content and support research for a very modest fee. (I've introduced Lee Jussim in an earlier … Continue reading A special report by Nathan Honeycutt and Lee Jussim: “The Implementation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Academia”

“[Harm-Related]Concept Creep”- Nick Haslam (2016); Nick Haslam et al (2020)

Nick Haslam is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne. You can read his profile here. [1] The following two papers by Haslam (2016) and Haslam et al (2020), respectively, are not about EDI. But they are about the expansion of meaning of harm-related concepts, some of which, e.g. trauma and prejudice, are … Continue reading “[Harm-Related]Concept Creep”- Nick Haslam (2016); Nick Haslam et al (2020)

Meet: Lee Jussim, Social Psychologist and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University

Lee Jussim is a social psychologist and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. Here's a general overview of Jussim and his research[1] (footnotes mine): General I am a social psychologist and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers New Brunswick’s Psychology Department.  I have served as Department Chair twice (2010-2013; 2018-2022).  I am a founding member … Continue reading Meet: Lee Jussim, Social Psychologist and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University

An EDI glossary statement (UBC) on oppressive-isms.

Among the EDI resources provided by the Vice-President Finance & Operations Portfolio (VPFO) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is an EDI glossary. Let's have a look at the third entry under "A": Anti-Oppression. Now look under the subheading, Systems of Oppression, second sentence: "All the '-isms' are forms of oppression." All the -isms? To … Continue reading An EDI glossary statement (UBC) on oppressive-isms.

“Critical Race Network @UW Statement Against White Supremacy, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Anti-Semitism”

"Critical Race Network @ UW Statement Against White Supremacy, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Anti-Semitism," Critical Race Network, The University of Manitoba, https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/critical-race-network/statement-against-white-supremacy-xenophobia-islamophobia-and-anti-semitism.html, accessed September 28, 2022. Critical Race Network @ UW Statement Against White Supremacy, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Anti-SemDownload

“Micropedia,” EDI, & Microaggressions

Here is a copy of this post in a Doc.x file: Micropedia, EDI, & MicroaggressionsDownload I divide this post into three subsections: 1) Some examples of the ubiquitousness and uncritical promotion of Microaggression training in Canadian Universities, including research funding. 2) The launch of The Micropedia of Microaggressions, a Canadian initiative that has received support … Continue reading “Micropedia,” EDI, & Microaggressions

A performative contradiction: “Learn About the National Standard — Civility and Respect.”

In my previous post, Infantilizing a Workforce with 'Civility and Respect,' I promised my next blog would be about the following video,1 "Learn About the National Standard — Civility and Respect"(4 mins, 8 secs): https://youtu.be/dMIcbVOWvQ8 Comments: Civility and Respect is mandatory for all NSERC and SSHRC staff. Hence, I wonder what their frustration levels are … Continue reading A performative contradiction: “Learn About the National Standard — Civility and Respect.”