Why free speech is integral to the intellectual life of our universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2015 by steve

UK“Government plans to police campus extremism will turn students into spies, rather than critical thinkers. Give or take some slippage at the top, the latest world university league table has UK institutions still ranking high, with 30 out of the top 200 …” (more)

[Catherine Bennett, Guardian, 20 September]

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What to Do When the Outrage Is Aimed at Your Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2015 by steve

USA“The email arrived two days after a gunman killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard. A reporter at Campus Reform, a conservative website, was asking the University of Kansas for reaction to a tweet by one of its professors …” (more)

[Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 September]

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QUB Charlie Hebdo event will go ahead, after all

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Queen’s University Belfast has posted the following update on its Facebook page: ‘Following the completion of a comprehensive risk assessment, undertaken in line with approved protocols, the University is pleased to confirm that the Charlie Hebdo Research Symposium …'” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 3 May]

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Charlie Hebdo conference given green light after all

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2015 by steve

UK“A conference at Queen’s University Belfast on the legacy of the Charlie Hebdo murders will go ahead, the institution has announced, following the completion of a new risk assessment. The event, titled Understanding Charlie: New perspectives on contemporary citizenship and scheduled for next month, had been called off last week …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 1 May]

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University Hebdo event to go ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2015 by steve

UK“A Northern Ireland university criticised for cancelling a conference on the Charlie Hebdo murders has announced that the event will now go ahead. Queen’s University in Belfast will host a symposium in June on the fallout from the massacre at the satirical magazine in Paris and its implications for free speech …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 1 May]

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Charlie Hebdo: Craven Queen University’s needs a lesson in free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“We are exceptional, says the embarrassingly boastful Queen’s University Belfast slogan. After the decision to cancel a conference about the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, Queen’s had better get on the phone to the PR men who come up with this guff for them, no doubt at great expense …” (more)

[Fionola Meredith, Belfast Telegraph, 24 April]

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From Galileo and Milton to Charlie Hebdo – More on the cancelled QUB conference

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In an earlier post – Queen’s University Belfast n’est pas Charlie Hebdo; instead, it says nothing – I criticised Queen’s for cancelling a symposium planned by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities on ‘new perspectives on contemporary citizenship after Charlie Hebdo’ …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 24 April]

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Risk factor behind cancellation of Queen’s event on Charlie Hebdo

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“A conference about the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo that was set to take place at Queen’s University Belfast was cancelled because a risk assessment for the event was not carried out, the university has said …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 22 April]

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‘… there is no debate because there can be no debate’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

UK“This from Belfast emigre Robert McLiam Wilson, via Henry McDonald: ‘I am feeling a touch of shame today. Cancelling such an event in the face of putative menace in a city that endured a 30-year torture of self-immolation seems worse than pusillanimous. Belfast? Seriously? …'” (more)

[Mick Fealty, Slugger O’Toole, 22 April]

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Queen’s criticised over Hebdo conference decision

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s University has faced criticism for cancelling a planned conference on the Charlie Hebdo killings. The university had been due to host a symposium in June on the fallout from the January attack on the satirical magazine in Paris and its implications for free speech …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 April]

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QUB in censorship row after cancelling summit on Charlie Hebdo attack

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

UK“A university that hosted conferences throughout the Troubles has been accused of censorship after it cancelled a conference to discuss the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo massacre …” (more)

[Sara Neill, Belfast Telegraph, 22 April]

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Queen’s University: Cancelling Charlie Hebdo Belfast event ‘ironic’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

UK“The decision to cancel a conference in Belfast on the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo murders in France has been labelled ‘a bitter irony’. The event had been scheduled for Queen’s University, Belfast, in June …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 April]

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Trinity College Dublin ought to be a bastion of free speech and debate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“When Maryam Namazie, a world renowned Iranian human rights activist cancelled her proposed lecture on ‘Apostasy and the rise of Islamism’, to the Society for International Affairs (SoFIA) in Trinity College Dublin, on Monday, March 23, she explained that Trinity security officials decided her address was ‘one sided’ and antagonistic to ‘Muslim students’ …” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Examiner, 26 March]

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Chinese ambassador warns Trinity against inviting speakers hostile to China

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“China’s ambassador to Ireland, Jianguo Xu, has said that Trinity may be at risk of damaging prospective partnerships with Chinese institutions if it allows guests who are hostile to China to speak to its student societies …” (more)

[Andrew O’Donovan, Trinity News, 25 March]

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Trinity College hammers yet another nail into the coffin of free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A few years ago, I was booked to debate the now infamous terrorist organiser, Anjem Choudary (I’ve written about the incident in the past, so stop me if you’ve heard this one before) …” (more)

[Ian O’Doherty, Independent, 24 March]

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Activist pulls out of Trinity College talk due to ‘restrictions’ aimed at not ‘antagonising’ Muslims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A human rights activist whose speech at Trinity college was cancelled because she refused to agree with conditions not usually imposed on speakers has vowed to speak at the university …” (more)

[David Kearns, Independent, 23 March]

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Activist claims Trinity speech on apostasy and Islam cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A political activist due to give a speech in Trinity college on apostasy and the rise of Islam has claimed the event has been cancelled after the college tried to attach conditions to it. Maryam Namazie was due to give a speech at the Society for International Affairs on Monday, March 23rd …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 22 March]

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Following Controversy, ELSA Discuss Irish Blasphemy Law with Selim and O’Dell

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s blasphemy laws were discussed at an event organised by the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA), following the controversy surrounding Dr Ali Selim, who last month threatened legal action if media outlets were to republish Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 14 February]

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Freedom of speech has limits, says Islam scholar

Posted in Legal issues on January 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… Dr Ali Selim said such depictions went against Islam and could not be defended under the guise of freedom of expression. ‘Everything has a limit, so why does freedom of expression not have a limit? If freedom of expression is unlimited, can people depict the holocaust in such a mocking way?’ …” (more)

[Independent, 9 January]

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Any Attempt to Prosecute Irish Publication of Charlie Hebdo Mohammed Cartoons is Doomed to Fail

Posted in Legal issues on January 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Eoin O’Dell responds to troubling remarks by Dr Ali Selim on blasphemy following attack in Paris. The attack on Charlie Hebdo, and the murders of ten journalists and two policemen, are not only a tragedy for the victims, their families, and their colleagues, but also an assault upon freedom of expression and the fabric of western democracy …” (more)

[University Times, 7 January]

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