Battles over human rights, curriculum issues and hiring and promotion practices reveal to what extent efforts to integrate ideas of academic freedom and the inclusive university have engendered strife and debate on Canadian campuses. For some, the concept of academic freedom has become its own myth - an icon to be revered, an article of faith, an essentialist doctrine with roots firmly planted in tradition. For others, the concept of an inclusive university - a university reflecting the burgeoning diversity of cultures and ideologies in Canadian society - demands realization through the transformation of university structures and practices.
The four parts of Academic Freedom and the Inclusive University explore this conflict. In Clarifying Concepts in Language, Law, and Ideology, contributors examine the terms of reference and clarify the differences between Canadian and American viewpoints. The Changing Culture looks at the conflict between academic freedom and the inclusive university from theoretical, historical, and personal perspectives. The chapters in Academic Freedom in Peril contend that inclusion as a policy within the university has destroyed the consensus necessary for academic life, while the essays in Theoretical and Practical Challenges to the Inclusive University focus on the problems that arise when universities promote a policy of inclusion.
Although no final conclusions are drawn in this thought-provoking book, it provides insight into the relationship between academic freedom and the inclusive university. Lively, impassioned and informed, these essays will appeal to general readers, academics, and students alike.
Sharon E. Kahn is Associate Vice-President, Equity, at the University of British Columbia. Dennis Pavlich is University Counsel at the University of British Columbia.
Introduction Part One: Clarifying Concepts in Ideology, Language, and Law 1 What's Sauce for One Goose: The Logic of Academic Freedom / Stanley Fish 2 Academic Freedom: Rights as Immunities and Privileges / Frederick Schauer 3 What's at Stake: Intersections and Tensions / Lynn Smith Part Two: The Changing Culture 4 The Role of a University in a Changing Culture / Bernard Shapiro 5 Academic Freedom in Social Context / Jennie Hornosty 6 The Exclusive University and Academic Freedom / Michiel Horn 7 Inclusion: Debating a Good Idea Freely in the Academy / Judy Rebick 8 Academic Freedom and its Distractions / Stan Persky Part Three: Academic Freedom in Peril 9 Academic Freedom versus the Intrusive University / John Fekete 10 The New Sectarianism and the Liberal University / Graham Good 11 Judaic Studies and Western Civilization: Identity Politics and the Academy / Harvey Schulman 12 Are Course Evaluations a Threat to Academic Freedom? / Stanley Coren Part Four: Theoretical and Practical Challenges to the Inclusive University 13 Meeting the Challenge of Religious Fundamentalism: How Far do Liberal Principles of Tolerance Go? / Diane Dyson 14 The Inclusive University and the Problem of Knowledge / Marie Fleming 15 Academic Freedom and Reciprocity: Practising What we Preach / Jennifer Bankier 16 Academic Freedom, Debate and Bureaucracy / Lorna Marsden 17 Regulation and Dialogue / Dorothy E. Smith Contributors Conference Advisory Committee Index