Rethinking and Remaking Academic Freedom

  • Claire Polster University of Regina
Keywords: academic freedom


The following talk was prepared for a session on academic freedom and the special challenges in the sciences that was part of a discussion series organized by a concerned group of faculty with support from the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association in the Spring of 2002. The session was inspired by the particular experience of Dr. Nancy Olivieri at the Hospital for Sick Children as well as the general growth in the number of research linkages between corporations and academics. The set up, title, and reflection questions for the session catalyzed an unexpected shift in my thinking about the current state of university/industry links. Rather than focusing only on the problems inherent in these links, I turned my attention to the new discourse about these links, and how it is itself becoming part of these problems. The text of the presentation is reproduced below.