Balancing Academic Freedom and Freedom from Discrimination in Contested Spaces
Anver Saloojee extends issues raised in Scott’s article to look specifically at the tension between academic freedom and freedom from discrimination as universities have become more diverse. Saloojee takes the position that scholarly work felt to be racist should not be defended in the name of academic freedom, citing the controversial case of Western University psychology Professor Philippe Rushton. Saloojee also questions whether teachers should cite racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, or sexist quotes and texts so as to deconstruct them in class, given the impact such texts have on students
ANVER SALOOJEE is a member of the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. He is a former Special Advisor to the Presidency, Government of South Africa. He is President of the Ryerson Faculty Association. He is the recipient of the inaugural CAUT Equity Award.