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The Elephant in the Institution                            
A Bulletin from MUSSC to MacEwan University Faculty
September 3, 2020
The MacEwan University Sessional Steering Collaborative (MUSSC) would like to remind everyone that the Labour Day Weekend World Premiere online screening of In Search of Professor Precarious will be available for free for a 48-hour window from Friday, Sept. 4, at 5:30 pm Mountain Daylight Time, until Sunday, Sept. 6, at 5:30 pm MDT, on the film website: Subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish (click “CC”).
In Search of Professor Precarious has already been recognized as an Official Selection at the Workers Unite Festival in New York, and selected for the International Social Change Film Festival in Chicago. It has also received an Award of Excellence from the Docs Without Borders Festival in the US!

This screening will be followed by the free, one hour, live, Zoom interactive panel/webinar Precarious Professors Moving Forward on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 5:30 pm MDT, with five experts from across North America on precarious/sessional faculty issues:
  1. Dr. Joe Berry, contingent faculty in History and Labor Studies, a leading authority and activist in the field of precarious faculty organizing, the author of the classic Reclaiming the Ivory Tower, and the editor of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labour (COCAL) Updates (the contingent faculty news aggregator, available by emailing
  2. Dr. Sarika Bose, Chair of the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ (CAUT’s) Contract Academic Staff Committee
  3. Frank Cosco, Vice President and Bargaining Committee Chair for the Vancouver Community College Faculty Association, and co-author with Jack Longmate of A Program for Change
  4. Pam Johnson, leader of Ontario Colleges' former "Contract Faculty Forward" group and an Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) strike steward
  5. Chandra Pasma, Senior Research Officer for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and co-author of  the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) report Contract U: Contract Faculty Appointments at Canadian Universities, which looks at the trends in contract faculty appointments using Freedom of Information data from 67 universities.
The panel will be hosted by Gerry Potter, a longtime precarious professor and activist, and the director of In Search of Professor Precarious.
To join the webinar, please click on this link at the time of the webinar (no pre-registration required):
Passcode: 375259
Or iPhone one-tap: 
US: +13017158592,,88378716131#,,,,,,0#,,375259#  or +13126266799,,88378716131#,,,,,,0#,,375259# 
Or Telephone, dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782; International numbers available:
Webinar ID: 883 7871 6131

As noted in MUSSC’s last bulletin, this documentary showcases the dependence on, and exploitation of, the expertise and labour of Sessional Faculty in Canada, as well as the activism and achievements of Sessional Faculty in the country, including at MacEwan University. In other words, you will be able to see the activist work of some of your very own colleagues! These colleagues are committed to providing information and taking action conducive to cultivating a solidarity (rather than a segregationist) ethos for the GMUFA. Any questions, concerns, or suggestions may be emailed in confidence to
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