Demystifying Academic Freedom
with Marc Spooner and Stephen Hurley
Join Dr. Marc Spooner (University of Regina) and Stephen Hurley (voicEd Radio Canada) for an in-depth exploration of Academic Freedom on Canada's post-secondary landscape. Insightful guests and powerful case studies highlighting current tensions, new opportunities and ongoing challenges in protecting this important dimension of Canada's colleges and universities.


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Episode Five – Clea Schmidt (University of Manitoba)

Dr. Clea Schmidt is Professor of Education at the University of Manitoba, where her research interests include diversity in the teaching force and the international mobility of educators and students from equity-seeking groups.

Dr. Schmidt also…

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Episode Four – Momin Rahman (Trent University)

Dr. Momin Rahman is a professor in the department of Sociology at Trent University. Dr. Rahman is also former co-chair of CAUT’s National Committee on Equity.

In this episode, we talk about the impact, challenges and opportunities associated with…

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Episode Two – Shannon Dea (University of Regina)

We continue our initial explorations of academic freedom in the Canadian context with University of Regina professor Dr. Shannon Dea. Shannon is currently the Dean of Arts at U of R, and in addition to a background in philosophy, has written regularly…

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Episode One – James Turk (Centre for Free Expression)

Dr. James Turk is Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Toronto Metropolitan University and Director of Toronto Metropolitan University’s Centre for Free Expression. From 1998 to June 2014, he served as Executive Director of the Canadian Association of…

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On Academic Freedom ft. Drs. Nancy Olivieri and Marc Spooner

Dr. Nancy Olivieri is Professor, Pediatrics, Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Marc Spooner is Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Regina.

In this conversation, Dr. Olivieri’s uses her…

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Dr. Marc Spooner

Professor, Faculty of Education University of Regina

Dr. Marc Spooner is a professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He specializes in qualitative and participatory action research at the intersections of theory and action-on-the-ground.

His interests include: homelessness & poverty, "audit culture" & the effects of neoliberalization & corporatization on higher education, and social justice, activism, & participatory democracy.

He has published in a variety of venues including peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, government reports, and popularizations. He is recognized by the Canadian Senate as an expert in homelessness.

Stephen Hurley

Chief Catalyst voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer. As the founder and chief catalyst at voicEd Radio, Hurley is passionate about nurturing stronger relationships between education research, practice and policy.