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Civility and Incivility in Academia

April 13 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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All Brandon University (BU) faculty are invited to attend a presentation on Civility and Incivility in Academia on April 13, 2017, featuring keynote speakers Dr. Loraleigh Keashly, associate professor and associate dean, curricular and student affairs, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, Wayne State University, and Dr. James Turk, executive director emeritus, Canadian Association of University Teachers, and distinguished visiting professor, Ryerson University.

The presentation will be hosted in Winnipeg for faculty there, and there will be a live stream that is broadcast simultaneously to Brandon.

“Disagreement and debate is an essential part of academic life, and creating the freedom to investigate new and challenging ideas is at the very foundation of the mission of Brandon University and all universities,” said Dr. Steve Robinson, VP Academic and Provost at BU. “The best forms of debate are no mere disputes, but harness the energy of conflicting viewpoints to explore multiple perspectives with civility and respect. I’m looking forward to hearing these experts’ own perspectives on civility and incivility in academia, and I hope all of our faculty will participate and join in a healthy discussion about academic freedom, collegial work, and university governance.”

The event is being jointly hosted by BU, the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, which is hosting the presentation in the Senate chambers at its Fort Garry Campus. All faculty members from the three universities are invited to attend the event there, which will run from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Thursday, April 13. At BU, faculty are invited to attend to Room 045 in the Health Studies Building for the simultaneous live stream. A link will also be made available for faculty to participate from anywhere with an internet connection.

The keynote speakers will explore issues such as academic freedom, expressive speech and misconduct and effective means for debate, disagreement and dissent.

Dr. Loraleigh Keashly’s research and consulting focuses on quality of work relationships and conflict and conflict resolution at the interpersonal, group and inter-group levels. Her current research focus is the nature, effects and amelioration of uncivil, hostile and bullying behaviors in the workplace with a particular interest in the role of organizational structure and culture in the facilitation or prevention and management of these behaviors. She has a particular interest in developing bystander efficacy to address negative work relationships and build constructive work relationships. She has focused her recent attention on the academic environment and works with universities on these issues.

Dr. James Turk has written extensively on academic freedom, university governance, civil liberties, commercialization of universities and related public policy issues. His most recent book is an edited collection, “Academic Freedom in Conflict: the Struggle over Speech Rights in the University” (2014). He is a member of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a member of the Steering Committee of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, and a consultant to the American Association of University Professors’ Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

Following their presentations there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

To ensure this campus event is accessible to all interested individuals, please advise of any accessibility needs in advance by contacting Kristin Jette, JetteK@BrandonU.ca or at extension 782.


April 13
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Room 045, Health Studies Building
270–18th Street
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9 Canada
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