Woodrow Lloyd lecture to explore effect of policy

Posted: February 10, 2014 1:55 p.m.

Political Science professor Thomas Workman, University of New Brunswick
Political Science professor Thomas Workman, University of New Brunswick Photo courtesy of Dr. Thomas Workman

The Woodrow Lloyd lecture is presented annually by the Faculty of Arts to recognize the outstanding contributions of former Saskatchewan Premier Woodrow Lloyd to the fields of education and social welfare. This year’s lecture, The Hedgehog, the Fox, and Canadian Austerity, presented by University of New Brunswick Political Science professor Thomas Workman, will explore how Canadian history has been shaped by international economic crises from the middle of the 19th century to the present.  According to Workman the global crisis of the early 1970s ushered in neoliberal policy reforms to the detriment of working people across Canada and that the lingering crisis of 2008 — the Great Recession — will add immensely to their burdens.

For Workman it is imperative that issues as seemingly diverse as rising family indebtedness, falling rates of unionization, and the gutting of the unemployment insurance regime be regarded in terms of their shared social and political features, especially their relationship to the crisis-ridden capitalist economy.  For him, a politically coherent strategy that resists the neoliberal onslaught in the age of austerity absolutely depends on this.

Workman teaches social theory and critical political economy at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.  He has written about a variety of subjects including war in the Middle East, Canadian society and economy, the ancient historian Thucydides, and the ongoing strategies to reform the political left in Canada.  His book If You’re in My Way I’m Walking: The Assault on Working People since 1970 was shortlisted for the Rik Davidson Studies in Political Economy book prize in 2010.  He is a former Chair of the Department of Political Science at UNB, a past President of the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association, and is presently 2014 Conference Chair for the Society for Socialist Studies.

Woodrow Lloyd lecture
The Hedgehog, the Fox, and Canadian Austerity
Presented by: Dr. Thom Workman, University of New Brunswick in Fredericton
Wednesday, February 12, 2014   at 7 p.m.
Research and Innovation Centre, room RIC 119
University of Regina main campus, 3737 Wascana Pkwy, Regina

All are welcome. Free parking on campus will be available in lot 10; pay parking is available across campus at kiosk and meters (campus parking map). Refreshments to follow the lecture. Please call 306-585-4226 for more information or visit the lecture website.