September 2005 Crisis at First Nations University The First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) is in a deepening crisis that threatens the future of the institution. Proposed Copyright Law Reflects Struggle Between Users & Owners Canada’s slow moving copyright reform process took a lurch forward over the summer with the first reading of Bill C-60 — An Act to Amend the Copyright Act. The new legislation attempts to bring copyright law in line with modern information technology. Brandon University Hit by Cancer Linked to Asbestos Exposure Two Brandon University staff members have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Inspire Students with Straight Talk During my summer vacation I reread The Dissenting Academy, edited by Theodore Roszak. This book contains the famous essay "The Responsibility of Intellectuals," by Noam Chomsky, first published in this book. It got me thinking about teaching and learning. At the beginning of another academic year there is much that students hope to learn from me. Consolations of a Semi-Private Intellectual Gilles Paquet, the affable president of the Royal Society of Canada, turned up a short while ago in Guelph for a rare regional meeting of the society, and in his hortatory comments stressed the immense cultural good the learned fellows of this venerable body could accomplish if they helped fill Canada’s need for "public intellectuals." Some senior fellows in attendance, several long retired, seemed more than a trifle jaded, but others were prepared to take Paquet’s challenge seriously. Video Held Hostage University of Manitoba professor Stéphane McLachlan and his doctoral student Ian Mauro have asked CAUT for assistance in releasing their research video on genetically modified crops. Education Funding Level at 25-Year Low, CAUT Report Says A CAUT report released last month shines new light on the financial woes facing universities and colleges and calls on the provinces and Ottawa to negotiate a new funding arrangement for post-secondary education. Research as Resistance: Critical, Indigenous and Anti-Oppressive Approaches Intended as a senior undergraduate and graduate text, Research as Resistance brings together the theory and practice of critical, Indigenous, and antioppressive approaches to social science research Parenting and Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career For those outside academia who face the conflicting demands of work and family, the typical professor’s job might seem like a dream occupation — flexible schedule, the ability to do some work from home, summers off Building Better Teachers Ken Bain, an historian who studies U.S. foreign policy, is the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University. What the Best College Teachers Do won the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize, awarded annually by Harvard University Press for an outstanding book on education and society. So why the award? Essays Create Unanticipated Distortions Three decades after its inauguration, women’s studies as a field of academic study and research appears deeply troubled." (p. 149) This is the main theme of a collection of essays by four professors who have held full-time positions in women’s studies in Canadian universities — PEI, Laurentian, Manitoba and Alberta. They report, not just an ideological split in the field, which is now thirty-something, but an identity crisis involving "anxiety of authenticity." Visions of a Privatized, Competitive Research University With three exceptions the 14 authors of these 10 commissioned chapters are or were university faculty, most senior, one emeritus. Several are in departments of economics or political science and several have been president, vice-president, dean or department head and are well placed to comment on the daily realities of university administration. Chun Wins Resolution with UofT Professor Kin-Yip Chun has finally won a settlement in his long-standing dispute with the University of Toronto and its physics department. Peter Simpson Joins CAUT Peter Simpson began his work as CAUT’s newest assistant executive director in mid-July Clinical Faculty Committee Meets in Ottawa Leading clinical faculty from medical schools across Canada met at CAUT in late August for the inauguration of CAUT’s Clinical Faculty Committee. Established by CAUT’s executive to advise on issues affecting clinical faculty, the new committee is focusing on challenges faced by clinical faculty in achieving the same rights and protections as all other academic staff at Canadian universities. Alan Jackson, a neurologist at Queen’s University was elected chair of the committee.