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Academic Freedom Imperilled at the University of Sasktachewan

Academic freedom entails the right – indeed the responsibility – to seek the truth, and to speak it, without fear of reprisal.  Scholars and teachers across the disciplines value that principle as foundational to postsecondary education, and for that reason the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English views with alarm the firing of Professor Robert Buckingham, Executive Director of the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan, for publicly questioning the merits of a particular course of university reorganization.  We ask the University of Saskatchewan to reinstate Robert Buckingham, and we ask all academics in Canada to express their support, now, for the right to free academic speech.

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  1. I absolutely condemn the University of Saskatchewan’s action and support the principle of academic free speech, including for administrators. The U of S justifications read like Lenin on party discipline. Derek Sayer, FRSC, Professor Emeritus (CRC), University of Alberta

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