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CAUT Bulletin Archives

January 2013

uOttawa criminologists go to court to protect research confidentiality

Two University of Ottawa criminologists are going to court to protect the confidentiality of research records they obtained in 2007.

Learning outcomes are corrosive

Learning outcomes are frequently dismissed as a nuisance to be dutifully completed but Frank Furedi believes their prescriptive nature makes them an altogether more corrosive influence on higher education.

Private college deal with University of Manitoba generates controversy

Controversy continues to dog a private school for international students that partnered with the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg as a “pathway” to future university studies.

CAUT gives librarian Kent Weaver distinguished service award

Kent Weaver, a University of Tor­onto librarian whose lengthy and prestigious career included unwavering dedication to improving working conditions for academic librarians in Canada is the most recent winner of a CAUT top honour.

Conciliation at St. FX, with strike looming

The threat of a strike hangs over St. Francis Xavier University. Last-ditch efforts at conciliation talks will take place between StFXAUT and university admin­istrators before possible strike action starts.

Humanities alive & flourishing

Ron Srigley’s jeremiad (Bulletin, December 2012) obscures the fact that the humanities are very much alive and flourishing in Canadian uni­versities. They certainly face challenges, as they should — complacency would threaten otherwise. But departments of English, history, philosophy, religious studies, classical studies and others, continue to enrol and engage large numbers of students and pursue important and interesting research.

Jon Thompson reelected president of the Harry Crowe Foundation

Jon Thompson was reelected to a second one-year term as president of the Harry Crowe Foundation at the 2012 annual general meeting in December. He has served on the board of directors of the charitable foundation since it was founded in 2003.

College: What it was, is, and should be

Andrew Delbanco is a biographer of Herman Melville, a well-reputed historian of American ideas, a successful essayist, and professor of English at Columbia.


In the 1960s, Kamal Al-Solaylee’s father was one of the wealthiest property owners in Aden, in the south of Yemen, but when the country shrugged off its colonial roots, his properties were confiscated, and the family was forced to leave.

Not for profit

In this short and powerful book, celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education.