Security and dignity, new pretexts for censorship

Patrick Moreau is a professor of literature in Montreal, editor-in-chief of the journal Argument and essayist. His publications include “Ces mots qui pensent à notre place” (These words that think for us – Liber, 2017) and “La prose d’Alain Grandbois, ou lire et relire Les voyages de Marco Polo” (Nota bene, 2019). Le Devoir, January […]

Unrest at the university

By Normand Baillargeon * Le Devoir, Montréal, January 15th, 2023 I am currently editing lectures given by my dear Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) in 1950. In them he addresses the question of the philosophical and political conception of the individual. He inspires me to reflect on what I consider to be some troubling aspects of current […]

Call to create an Academic Freedom Act

Marco Fortier, Le Devoir, December 15, 2021 An independent commission set up by Quebec’s Minister of Higher Education recommends the adoption of a law on academic freedom to protect professors from censorship and guarantee students’ “right to learn”. “All ideas and subjects without exception can be debated in a rational and argued manner within universities,” […]

Censored by the American Humanist Association (AHA)

On August 11th, a list of ten questions was posted by Roy Speckardt (Executive Director AHA) on the American Humanist Association blog. « Signs You’re Being Co-Opted by the Far Right » On the 13th of August I posted the following comment: Roy, this list is, unfortunately, proof enough that you have been swept into […]

Memoire to the Committee on Academic Freedom – University of Ottawa

Jean Delisle

By Jean Delisle, Translation Professor Emeritus of the University Ottawa. The Honourable Justice Michel Bastarache, President Committee on Academic Freedom University of Ottawa Monsieur le Juge,             Thank you for the opportunity to share my views on academic freedom and freedom of expression. I am a professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa, where I […]