McGill professor teaches Black Canadian history at Harvard

An art history professor at McGill University is taking her research on Canada’s slave history to Harvard University for the 2017-18 academic year as the William Lyon Mackenzie King visiting professor for Canadian Studies. Charmaine A. Nelson will be taking a year off teaching at McGill to conduct more research  on Canadian fugitive slave advertisements, while teaching courses in Canadian Art and on Visual Culture of Transatlantic Slavery, according to the McGill Reporter. In an email, Nelson said that throughout her career she focused on the representation of Black subjects in historical western art, mainly female subjects. “Since I look at artwork produced in the 18th and 19th-centuries, that has meant that I was dealing with the broader context of Transatlantic Slavery […]

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Former Carleton professor Hassan Diab to remain jailed in France

Hassan Diab, a former Carleton contract professor, will remain in French jail to be investigated for terrorism after a judge’s order for his release was overturned for the sixth time. On April 24, one of the French judges investigating the case recommended Diab be released from prison on the grounds there is not enough evidence against him. Despite this, on May 2 it was announced that for the sixth time in two and a half years, the prosecutor had successfully argued against him being released. Diab, who was also a professor at the University of Ottawa, was arrested in Canada in 2008 in connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. He was extradited to France in 2014 but has not […]

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Letter: Get to know your professors

I am about to graduate from Carleton and like any outgoing student, I have all kinds of advice you’ve probably heard before. You should get involved in other campus activities. You shouldn’t stress out too much. It’s not the end of the world even though it feels like it. And you should really try to use the gym at least once. I hear it’s nice. But the single most important piece of advice I can give is that you should spend time getting to know your professors. We, as students, are in a unique and special position—we get direct, unfettered access to some of the best academics in the country. And while we stress about citation styles and word counts, […]

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Queen’s prof receives homophobic threats

A Queen’s University professor and her partner have recently received a series of threatening notes delivered to their home. Karen Dubinsky, a professor and historian on gender and sexuality at Queen’s, and her partner, received two letters  allegedly written by a group of Kingston residents determined to “removing the scourge of homosexuality in [the] city.” It was followed by a second letter, which threatened violence against Dubinsky and her family. Dubinsky said she lives with her partner of 21 years and their 13-year-old son. She said the incident has had an impact on her home life. “It’s been stressful. For a week we were the poster children for homophobia, and it was interesting. We’ve never been on that side of […]

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Prof accidentally plays porn at end of lecture

While many professors often try to expand their teachings outside the standard curriculum, a guest lecturer at Wageningen University in the Netherlands may have gone just a little too far. The professor was caught visiting a pornographic website following a Feb. 19 class, according to the Huffington Post. The only problem, however, was that he forgot to disconnect his laptop from the room’s overhead projector, which was still connected to the live feed. With some students still tuned in to the stream, they were given some unexpected bonus material. The professor, who remains unidentified, claimed the incident was an accident, and it only occurred because he wasn’t used to working with a laptop, according to Belgian news outlet De Morgen. He was dismissed by the […]

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