15th Annual J.B. McLachlan Memorial Lecture Focuses on Possibility of Socialist Education

Is a Socialist Education Possible? That will be the topic of discussion led by Dr. Michael Corbett, Department of Education, Acadia University, during the 15th Annual J.B. McLachlan Memorial Lecture being held on Wednesday, October 30 at 12 noon in CE 265 in the Student, Culture and Heritage Building, at Cape Breton University (CBU).  During the discussion three areas will be focused on that include:

  • How do economic changes affect the nature of education — what we learn, how we learn, and where we learn?
  • Has education become "google-ized" and, if so, should we worry about that?  Should we, could we, resist that trend?
  • What kind of education do we need today to address society's biggest challenges?

Presented by CBU’s Department of History and Culture and the J.B. McLachlan Commemorative Society, Dr. Corbett’s research engages with issues of teacher education, public policy, rural outmigration in Atlantic Canada, and the viability of small rural schools.

“Dr. Corbett’s area of research is relevant to Cape Breton. Discussions about outmigration and issues facing rural schools are frequent. This presentation will interest the CBU and broader Cape Breton community,” says Dr Andy Parnaby, one of the event organizers. “Each year, the Department of History and Culture brings exceptional speakers to CBU.  We do this to honour the life and legacy of J.B. McLachlan, but also to reflect on the many issues that face Cape Bretoners and Canadians today.”

The J.B. McLachlan Memorial Lecture is named after one of Cape Breton’s and Canada’s finest labour leaders and human rights advocates, Jim McLachlan. McLachlan arrived in Cape Breton from Scotland in 1902 to work in the coal industry. In 1909 he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of District 26, United Mineworkers of America and was later blacklisted for his politics. An exceptional organizer and a dedicated radical, he continued his role as a powerful and critical voice in Cape Breton and Canada until he died in 1937.

For more information contact Dr. Andy Parnaby, Department of History and Culture, at andy_parnaby@cbu.ca or Terry McVarish, 842-4950.