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“The Ethical State of Academic Freedom in the 21st Century University: Freedom or Interference?”

Oct 23, 2012, 10:30am-12pm

The freedom to pursue scholarly endeavors without interference is the backbone of higher education; it is one of the most important principles of university life. But this principle is consistently pulled and tugged in different directions by direct issues of, or threats to, academic freedom, by stakeholders in both the university and community at large, and by the nature of academic investigation.

A panel discussion will look at "The Ethical State of Academic Freedom in the 21st Century University: Freedom or Interference?".

To uphold the principle of academic freedom, those in higher education have had to learn to balance a variety of interests and concerns, and have had to recognize that as the university enters the 21st Century the balancing act becomes evermore complex. With the unique perspective of several panelilsts, it is hoped that light will be shed on the threats, concerns and the ethical state of academic freedom going forward.

Professor Naomi Couto of the School of Public Policy & Administration at York University will be the panel moderator. The panellists will include Professor Nancy Olivieri, University of Toronto; Professor Ian Greene, master, McLaughlin College, York University; Professor Robert MacDermid, Department of Political Science, York University; and Professor Harry Arthurs, Osgoode Hall Law School.


Location:Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College
Sponsor:Office of the Master, McLaughlin College and York Centre for Practical Ethics (YCPE)
Posted by:Lorraine Myrie
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