Sunday, March 21, 2010

Denis Rancourt story told at academic freedom conference in NYC

Science, Technology, and Academic Freedom Panel presentation at the Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center 2nd Annual Conference, New York University, April 3, 2009.

The full story, with description of the teaching method, all in 24 minutes (in three parts).

See Jeff Schmidt's talk in the same panel HERE.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Members of College and University Workers United (CUWU) protest Rancourt's dismissal

Members of College and University Workers United (CUWU) have sent a strong open letter of protest to the University of Ottawa's President Allan Rock.

"We, the undersigned members of College and University Workers United (CUWU), know Dr Denis Rancourt to be a dedicated educator and a fearless defender of justice. We know Denis Rancourt to stand for human rights and students' rights. We are thankful to count Denis Rancourt among the rare public intellectuals who do not compromise their principles when they become aware of institutional folly; but instead use their positions to expose and correct flawed practices.


We conclude that the charges advanced against Denis Rancourt are a contrived pretext, that they are preposterous as reasons to summarily remove a tenured professor, and that, therefore, the real reasons must lie elsewhere. We conclude that this was a political firing to remove a dissident academic who was also critical of the university administration and supportive of student efforts to reform the institution towards greater student power. "

The full text of the letter from members of CUWU is posted HERE.

See all letters from professors outside the U of O HERE.