It’s never just academic
His recent death reminded me of the crucial role that The Consenting University and the Dissenting Academy: Binary Friction played in my academic and intellectual journey. This is a tribute to a man I never met and to a paper he wrote.
The University of Ottawa’s report on academic freedom is only the latest in a long list of reports that miss the opportunity to bring the discussion to a higher level.
The 2021 school year is still fraught with risks, but with major risks come major opportunities.
Universities are mostly resuming face-to-face teaching this fall. This will not be a return to normal; the success of online education has fostered a historic disconnect.
Instead of having mediated debates, faculty and students need to set aside their differences and decide among themselves what should be covered under academic freedom.