Share your ideas here for how we can ensure the flourishing of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.
Let us band together to resolve the budgetary crisis for this year and next without the loss of any the Faculty’s administrative staff; without the closing of any programs or departments; and without any form of damage to the Faculty. And let us band together to ensure that the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta flourishes as one of the most exciting and dynamic places in Canada for the research, teaching, and study of the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
We also welcome our colleagues in the theoretical or experimental sciences to share their ideas of how we might jointly promote the University of Alberta as a place where we pursue not only “knowledge useful to society,” * but ideas for ideas’ sake. Such ideas are at their most valuable to us now, in a time of global crisis precipitated by the control over what constitutes the “useful” by special interests who would run the world without concern for the common good. Let us rise to the defense, then, not only of the Faculty of Arts but also of the University as a whole as a place where all ideas, not only those deemed immediately “useful,” need to flourish. The University of Alberta is a public university, and its Faculty of Arts belongs to all Albertans, and we welcome ideas from anyone who wishes to support the Faculty of Arts in this time of crisis.
* See President Indira Samarasekera’s remarks to the Edmonton Journal on 1 December 2011.