The Center serves as a forum for the articulation and analyses of various issues, as well as a mechanism for dialogue and debate among scholars, governments and the larger society. TWSC-sponsored activities provide support for class instruction, especially in courses requiring discussions on contemporary social, political and economic concerns.

Public Forums

University-wide discussions aimed at clarifying various positions and facilitating critical exchange on burning issues that concern the public. Through these activities, the TWSC is able to position itself in the middle of national debates, serving as an avenue for dialogue.

Public Lectures

Numerous public lectures, designed to provide in-depth analysis and discussion of a range of concepts in critical political economy, development studies, and related fields. Drawing on the expertise of scholars, including foreign academics, the series introduces students, researchers and the faculty to pressing issues and theoretical perspectives.


Informal discussions where TWSC research fellows present their completed studies or works in progress to faculty and students.


Organized conferences on political economy and development issues endeavor to enhance intellectual exchange and to build and strengthen solidarity among academics and activists.


The Third World Studies Center and the University of Montreal have produced documentaries that tell the stories of the lives and struggles of Filipinos at the unmarked margins of society. Featured films focused on such people against the backdrop of access to land and its uncertain, if not diminishing resources.