Scott Masson is Associate Professor of English Literature and a public intellectual.
Who Can Teach Indigenous History? A Letter from SAFS to MSVU
Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in Halifax recently came under criticism because a non-indigenous scholar, Martha Walls, was chosen to teach Selected Topics in North American History: Residential Schools. Consequently, the university called for a meeting between Indigenous faculty and staff and Martha Walls to "discuss a way forward".
Reinstating Free Speech Absolutism in Our University
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.
Discriminatory Hiring at the University of Victoria: Criticism from SAFS and Response from UVic
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.