On Thursday, April 5, 2018, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto will be hosting the fourth annual Worldviews Lecture on Media and Higher Education.
Free speech on campus: Challenges for minority rights and democratic values
Speaker: Professor Sigal Ben-Porath
Over the last few years, many campuses became embroiled in free speech controversies. From cancelled speakers to physical fights, it seems that no postsecondary institution is safe from this new phase of the culture wars. In her recent book, Free Speech on Campus, Sigal Ben-Porath suggests that campuses need to reaffirm their commitment to free speech and inclusion, and clarify that both are tightly linked to their core missions.
At this year’s Worldviews Lecture, Professor Sigal Ben-Porath will address the increasingly heightened debate around free speech on campus. Her lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Paul Axelrod, former Dean and professor of education at York University, Shree Paradkar, who writes on race and gender for the Toronto Star, Scott Jaschik, editor of the Washington-based Inside Higher Ed , and Jasmin Zine, professor of Sociology and the Muslim Studies Option at Wilfrid Laurier University. They will further explore issues of free speech and the challenges posed to democratic values and minority rights in Canadian academia and beyond. The panel discussion will be moderated by Toronto Star columnist Rick Salutin.
Date and time: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
Location: Ground floor library at OISE, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Registration: This is a free public event but advance registration is required.
For more information or to register, please visit: http://worldviewsconference.com
The Worldviews Lecture is organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. It is made possible with the generous support of the University World News, Inside Higher Ed, and Academica Group.