“Should the protection of academic speech be absolute?”
Monday, April 10, 2017 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Room 232, Leacock Building, McGill University
855 Sherbrooke Street, Montreal H3A 2T7
You can watch the event here: https://youtu.be/t8y2263UT6k
Jacob T. Levy, Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, Professor of Political, Science and Associate member, Department of Philosophy, McGill University
Allison Harell Chaire de recherche UQAM en psychologie politique de la solidarité sociale (CPPSS) and Associate Professor, Political Science, UQAM
Marc André Bodet, Associate Professor, Political Science, Université Laval
Éric Montpetit Professor, Political Science, Université de Montréal
Is the right to academic freedom absolute? Should universities protect this freedom unconditionally? Academics face increasing demands to engage with the media and many other audiences. They are expected to convey their results and insights from scientific research. But unlike the academic publication process, there is no formal vetting for media and public engagement. This situation poses important questions for academia. Must universities protect academic freedom for all faculty in all cases? Are there limits this protection? If so, how are such limits to be defined?
Organized by two Québec-based research units, the interuniversity Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) and the Research Group on Constitutional Studies, this roundtable features panelists from four Québec universities. The roundtable will be moderated by Leslie Seidle from the Institute for Research on Public Policy and will feature a open, informal, and collegial deliberation among panelists followed by a question and answer period with the audience. The goal is to explore solutions to an important issue facing universities around the globe.
This is a free, public event and all are welcome. While the presentations and discussion will be in English, questions may be posed in either English or French.