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Pseudo-Science & Academic Freedom
A Symposium at Saint Mary's University


Climate change denial, anti-vaccination, astrology, intelligent design, homeopathy, spiritual ways of knowing, telekinesis, UFOs, that intelligence and aptitude vary by race, that HIV is not the cause of AIDS - each of these, and more, has defenders in the Academy. Does academic freedom protect in teaching, research, and public utterance the dissemination of positions entirely at odds with majority or consensus views in science? Should it? Even at the cost of harm to public health or social justice? That's what participants at the conference will investigate.

Panel Discussion
Thursday 3 November 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm, Scotiabank Theatre Auditorium

Friday 4 November 2016
9 am - 12 pm, Sobey 160
1:30 - 4:30 pm, Atrium 216

  • Vic Catano, Professor, Department of Psychology, Saint Mary's University, Halifax
  • Denis Rancourt, Independent Scholar, formerly Professor, Department of Physics, University of Ottawa
  • Kevin Kindred, Lawyer and activist, Halifax
  • Adèle Mercier, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Queen's University, Kingston
  • Root Gorelick, Professor, Department of Biology (cross-appointed in Mathematics & Statistics and in Interdisciplinary Studies), Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Frances Widdowson, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies, Mount Royal University, Calgary
  • Myles McCallum, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, Saint Mary's University, Halifax

CCEPA is a joint initiative of The Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary's University .

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