Media advisory – Worldviews 2020: The Myth of Meritocracy

Toronto, Sept. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The concept of meritocracy suggests that anyone can ascend the social and economic ladder if they work hard enough, regardless of their social position. This rather ambitious claim originated as a satirical take on social mobility in the 1950’s. And yet meritocracy is now embedded at the heart of our economic, social, cultural, and academic institutions in a way that obscures the role meritocracy plays in social exclusion.

The sixth annual Worldviews lecture will attempt to make meritocracy satire again.

Join us online on Friday, September 18 for an engaging talk by Jo Littler – Professor at City, University of London and author of Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility – followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Trish Hennessy, Director of the Think Upstream project and Senior Communications Strategist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives;
  • Carl James, the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University;
  • Rupa Banerjee, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour at Ryerson University; 
  • Wayne Lewchuk, founding member of the School of Labour Studies at McMaster University.

Date:                Friday, September 18, 2020

Time:                11 am–12:30 pm (ET)

Location:          Zoom webinar

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