Inventing Academic Freedom: The 1968 Strax Affair At...

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Author Kent, Peter
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In 1968, there was political ferment everywhere. In Paris, students were in the streets. In the U.S., civil rights, the Vietnam War, and protests against the draft
ought out millions. In this atmosphere, a young Jewish-American professor in the quiet town of Fredericton, New Brunswick sparked a controversy that established the principles of academic freedom on Canadian campuses.
Norman Strax was an unlikely figure in a conservative town with a sleepy university campus. He didn't dress like other faculty members, he drove a funny car, and he didn't socialize much with his colleagues. The university president, Colin Mackay, was a young scion of the local establishment who ran the university as if it belonged to him. With his links to Lord Beaver
ook, the Irvings, and the provincial government, he was confident of support for his paternalistic way of doing things.
When Strax and some students protested a new li
ary regulation, Colin Mackay a
uptly suspended Strax from his teaching position. A sit-in followed, and the university dragged Strax into court. Before long, the provincial government and the judiciary were involved. So were university professors across Canada. In the end, the Strax Affair was the catalyst for a new approach to governance at Canadian universities and was key to establishing the principles of academic freedom.

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An account of the campus sit-in and ensuing controversy that triggered a revolution in Canadian universities and was key to establishing the principles of academic freedom in Canada

Table of Contents
/>Cast of Characters<
eviations Used in the Text
Chapter 1: “Let’s Play Bookie-Book”<
/>Chapter 2: A University for the Twentieth Century<
/>Chapter 3: Sources of Student Radicalism at UNB<
/>Chapter 4: From the Campus to the Courts<
/>Chapter 5: The Anarchism of Liberation 130<
/>Chapter 6: Increasing Tensions<
/>Chapter 7: The Ballad of Tom Murphy<
/>Chapter 8: The Road to Censure<
/>Chapter 9: Censured!<
/>Chapter 10: Lifting the Censure<
/>Chapter 11: The Arrival of the Corporate University
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