Jason Manning is a professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. He is an expert on the sociology of conflict, social control, and the sociology of suicide. Together with our last guest, Bradley Campbell, Jason is co-author of The Rise of Victimhood Culture.
Rick Metha is a former Professor of Psychology at Acadia University. He was dismissed for exercising his academic freedom.
Jian Guo is a computer scientist and an engineer. He practices Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Mark Mercer is Professor of Philosophy, President of Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, and a public intellectual.
It has become almost indisputable that the typical humanities university student of today has become incapable of tolerating ideas and opinions that are contrary to theirs. Any dissenting idea is viewed as a threat of harm and is responded to accordingly; whether it involves blasting air horns and screaming expletives at professors, spitting on guest speakers, or preventing a planned event from taking place using commercial-grade fireworks and Molotov cocktails, ideologically-driven student groups are determined to use any means necessary to shut down the vocalization of views they deem offensive.
The present era of reactionary institutional responses to violations of political correctness is exposing the fact that “academic freedom”, of both professors and students, does not really mean much, except what it has always meant.
During the summer of 2017, the University of Victoria (UVic) in British Columbia invited applications for a tenure-track position in "the area of social psychology." The advertisement sounded like a great opportunity for freshly minted scholars who wanted to find an institution they could call home--at least until someone offers them a bigger home. However, there was a catch.