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The Tipping Point

When Politics Take Aim at Culture and Education

Date & time
Monday, October 16, 2023
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free



J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


The past decade has seen a rise in populist governments taking aim at culture and education, going so far as to close academic programs and change college boards, as we saw recently in Florida, entire universities, as we saw in Hungary, and to dismantle existing cultural infrastructure, as we saw in Brazil under Bolsonaro. What can we learn from recent cases of overt government intervention to curtail academic freedom/to redefine the field of academic inquiry? How can we prepare and protect our institutions from opportunistic politics? What place is there for dialogue?

Join us for this first conversation exploring the two case studies of Brazil and Florida as experienced first-hand by Marco Bortoleto, Amy Reid, Kimberley Manning, and Jean François Mayer, moderated by Patrick Leroux

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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Marco Bortoleto

Marco Bortoleto is an Associate Professor at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil and currently a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University.  

Amy Reid

Amy Reid is a Professor of French and Gender Studies and Director of the Gender Studies Program at New College of Florida. As Chair of the New College Faculty, she now sits on the NCF Board of Trustees, which in August voted to ‘abolish’ the Gender Studies Program.

Kimberley Manning

Kimberley Manning is a Professor in Political Science and Women’s Studies. She is the Principal of Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute.


Jean François Mayer

Jean François Mayer is an Associate Professor in Political Science at Concordia University. He specializes in comparative politics, especially in the context of Latin America.

Louis Patrick Leroux

Patrick Leroux is a Professor in both English and Études françaises at Concordia University. 

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