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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dimitri della Faille Lectures at the University of the Philippines Baguio

Dr. Dimitri della Faille, a professor of Sociology at the Université du Quebec   (CA) is slated to deliver three lectures at the University of the Philippines Baguio on June 27-29, 2011.  His talks are scheduled as follows:

Is Development Studies Still Relevant?
June 27, 2011 (10am-12pm)
Cordillera Studies Center (CSC) Research Laboratory, UPB

Some Critical Thoughts on NGOs and Development
June 28, 2011 (5.30pm-8.30pm)
College of Social Sciences (CSS) C-201, UPB

Is There a Future for International Development?
June 29, 2011 (4.00pm-6.00pm)

The speaking engagement was made possible through the coordination of Dr. Narcisa Paredes-Canilao who put Dr. della Faille in touch with Dr. Raymundo Rovillos, CSS-UPB Dean.  

It sure will be another great time learning from Dimitri whom I and Dr. Canilao first met during the "Third International Conference on Multicultural Discourses" (Hangzhou, CN) where he presented his paper, "The Global Framing of the Indigenous Problem."  Dr. Canilao, Dr.  Maria Teresa Tinio (Ateneo de Manila University), and I were the only Filipinos in the said gathering.  Dr. Canilao's paper was titled "Multicultural Discourses for a Critical-Emancipatory Social Science (A Theoretical Framework),"  Dr. Tinio's was "Exceptionalism and Its Foil: American Colonial Discourse on the English Language in the Philippines,"  and mine was "A Brown Man's Burden: Critiquing an American Restorationist Discourse."

Dimitri is a cool guy whose company everyone in that conference enjoyed and who was always willing to share the fruits of his uncanny ability to familiarize himself with the nooks and crannies of an unfamiliar city like Hangzhou -- a much welcome thing for the rest of us whose spatial intelligence level is laughable.  He also introduced me to Freemind, a Java-based freeware I now use in my classes and in my non-academic lectures.

So Dimitri, welcome to da Pelepens! :)

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