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Controversy erupted after a lecturer at the University of Alberta posted on Facebook in November that the Holomodor is a “myth.” Canada recognized the Holomodor — the death of millions of Ukrainians in 1932–33 due to Soviet policies — as an act of genocide in 2008. Here, the Holodomor Memorial, Kyiv, Ukraine. (Flickr/Matt Shalvatis)

Universities should stand up for integrity and public trust in university teaching

Those teaching in publicly funded universities should be held accountable for denying the public record, whether in their classrooms or beyond.
Protesters showed up at the University of Utah in 2017 during an appearance by Ben Shapiro, the former editor of the alt-right publication Breitbart. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Free speech on campus means universities must protect the dignity of all students

Inclusive freedom reflects university values in protecting free thought, inquiry and expression, while protecting the dignity of all students and faculty by allowing them to equally contribute.
Industry funders can go to great lengths to suppress the findings of academic research when it’s not favourable to the company. from shutterstock.com

When big companies fund academic research, the truth often comes last

Most medical research is funded by industry, not public sources. And industry puts pressure on researchers in many ways, from guiding the research question to suppressing unfavourable findings.
A lack of understanding between American and Middle-Eastern culture is a national security risk. Lightspring/shutterstock.com

Cultural studies key to national security

National security isn't just about warding off physical attacks. It's also about understanding cultural forces that drive a society to think, feel and act in certain ways, a political scientist says.
Oberlin College’s lawsuit raises issues for global higher education, and has implications for U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Rich private colleges in the U.S. are fuelling inequality – and right-wing populism

Is a $25 million judgement against Oberlin College going to chill free speech – or is the wealth of a publicly subsidized private college helping polarize debates about race and politics?

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