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Protecting academic freedom: The Thompson Inquiry

September 11, 2009

Jon Thompson will lead CAUT’s inquiry into whether academic freedom was violated in the course of the conference, “Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace” (June 22-24/09). The terms of reference for the Thompson Inquiry are to:

  • examine whether the academic freedom of the conference organizers and the integrity of educational work were threatened by the actions of the York administration, SSHRC, and others;
  • draw conclusions from the experiences of this conference with respect to the vulnerability of academic freedom and the integrity of educational work;
  • make recommendations as to policies and procedures that will safeguard academic freedom and the integrity of educational work.

Jon Thompson, as many readers will know, is a former president of AUNBT and co-author of The Olivieri Report: The Complete Text of the Report of the Independent Inquiry Commissioned by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (Toronto: James Lorimer & Co., 2001).

See “CAUT calls for submissions to newly created academic freedom Inquiry into York/Queens conference on Israel and Palestine” for the call for submissions.

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