Forum on the Socially Responsive University: Beyond the Ivory Tower: Knowledge, Community and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Event Details

12 noon to 4 pm
Lunch will be served from 12-1 pm.

Following the keynote, there will be a panel discussion, and a public forum on the roles of the university in community engaged learning and research. We will also explore partnership opportunities across institutions and communities. Please join us for a stimulating afternoon of dialogues and interactions.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Budd Hall
Beyond the Ivory Tower: Knowledge, Community and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations (UN) universally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as a beacon for socially, economically and ecologically sustainable development. Agenda 2030 establishes 17 Goals which are universally applicable for all countries of the world. It can be argued that the SDGs represent the most progressive global agenda ever agreed upon by all the nations of the world. It is clear that there is an important role for higher education institutions to play in addressing SDGS. Budd Hall will make the argument that among the contributions that Universities may make, that a critical contribution involves thinking about knowledge, how knowledge is constructed and by whom. Hall builds on an emerging discourse of knowledge democracy, ideas influenced by Fals Borda, de Sousa Santos, Tandon, Tuhuwei-Smith, Davies and Gaventa. He will share ideas about a recently launched Knowledge for Change Global Consortium for Training in Community Based Participatory Research.

Dr. Budd Hall is the Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility inHigher Education and Professor of Community Development in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. Budd was the founding Director of the University of Victoria Office of Community- based Research and is a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. Former Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, Budd has worked in Nigeria, Tanzania, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Thailand, Yemen, Uganda, England, and the United States. He has done both theoretical and practical work for almost 40 years in various aspects of community-based adult education and learning and participatory research. Budd is a member of the International Adult EducationHall of Fame and was selected for the 2005 Canadian Bureau of International Education Innovation in International Education Award. He was granted an Honorary Doctorate by St. Francis Xavier University in 2011. His most recent books include Learning and Education for a Better World: The Role of Social Movements by Sense Publishing, Knowledge, Democracy and Action: Community University Research Partnerships in Global Perspectives by Manchester University Press, World Report on Higher Education 5 by GUNi and Palgrave-Macmillan, Teaching and Learning Community Based Research by the University of Toronto Press, Strengthening Community University Research Partnerships: Global Perspectives, and Knowledge and Engagement: Building Capacity for the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers by University of Victoria and PRIA press. Budd is the husband of Dr. Darlene Clover, father of Dana and Shawn Hall, Grandfather of Quincy Pugh Hall, Leo Pugh Hall, and Ashton Edward Hall. He is also a poet.

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