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Turpin Communication Undermines Academic Freedom, Curtails Free Speech

Earlier this week, Alberta Politics blogger David Climenhaga published a blogpost in which he noted that a University of Alberta event at the Augustana campus had been cancelled as a result of a communication that UAlberta president David Turpin had … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom and “Respectful Dialogue” at UAlberta’s Faculty of Arts: Response to Message from the Dean

Just over two weeks ago, there was some surprising news from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), which announced the launching of an investigation into infringement of academic freedom protections at Laurentian University. The surprise: the Faculty allegedly in … Continue reading

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Notes on Rewriting the Post-Secondary Learning Act (Draft Clauses for Open Letter to Minister of Advanced Education)

On 30 September 2015, Minister of Advanced Education Lori Sigurdson wrote to faculty and graduate student associations in the province to invite them to furnish their feedback on prospective changes to the Post-Secondary Learning Act (PSLA). The Government’s “Discussion Guide” … Continue reading

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Confidence Game: Conflict-of-Interest, Confidentiality Clauses, and Our Public Universities

Three public cases in the Canadian academy over the last year and a half make it clear that we need radical change in how Canada’s universities are run. The most recent of these cases came to public attention last Monday morning, … Continue reading

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Steven Salaita to Speak at University of Alberta, January 13th


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Docherty: For Sake of Democracy Academic Freedom Should Be “Extended As Widely As Possible”

A few days ago Thomas Docherty, Professor of English at the University of Warwick, published his most recent contribution to the UK’s Times Higher Education Supplement. The claims Docherty makes there are directly relevant to the culture of the University of … Continue reading

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Update: The Situation at the University of Saskatchewan and the Academic Freedom of Academic Administrators

Yesterday the University of Saskatchewan partly reversed the decision its Provost, Brett Fairbairn, took on Wednesday morning in regard to the position and tenure of the Dean of the School of Public Health, Robert Buckingham. On Wednesday morning, Buckingham was … Continue reading

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