Dalhousie prof Carrie Dawson explains academic freedom and why you should care about it. Plus, we talk about sexual harassment in the restaurant industry and why the EMCAs pulled a nomination for Indigenous Artist of the Year.
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Interesting discussion about academic freedom. With freedom , as with rights, there are responsibilities let’s say. Would it be proper to compel a professor to use certain language, certain words, or would that be considered an unreasonable and unsupportable restraint on academic freedom -as that freedom forms itself in spoken and / or written communication?
The guest’s response to an invite by a student of Jordan Peterson to the campus would result in her “…organizing counter talks…” is taking the high road if it means that ,as Nat Hentoff has put it, the way to combat speech that you find offensive is with better speech. However, if it means continually interrupting any speaker so frequently and so aggressively and loudly that the speaker is unable to communicate their feelings on a topic, then that would be the low road and a no-go zone?
Hope that the Examiner does follow-up ‘sessions’ on this topic.