Nov 23: Free Speech Controversies with Dr James Turk

Freedom of expression and academic freedom have always been controversial. Now they are being portrayed as contrary to equity and inclusiveness. Is that necessarily the case? Join us for a lunchtime discussion with Dr. James Turk on the question: Can universities preserve freedom of speech while promoting equity?

This is a free event but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

November 23, 2017 – 11:30 am-1 pm | OISE – 12-199 Boardroom


Jim is a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Director of Ryerson’s Centre for Free Expression – the only such centre at any Canadian university.  From 1998 to 2014, he served as Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Prior to joining CAUT, Jim was an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He gave up his tenure to work in the trade union movement – in senior positions at the United Electrical Workers, the Ontario Federation of Labour, and CUPE. Jim has written and spoken extensively on academic freedom, civil liberties, university governance, commercialization of universities and related public policy issues. His most recent book is an edited collection, Academic Freedom in Conflict: The Struggle over Speech Rights in the University.

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