Why ‘racist’ John Howard doesn’t deserve an honorary doctorate

Linda Connor and Nick Riemer. Sydney Morning Herald, September 29 2016. Read the original here. Sydney University's choice to award an honorary doctorate to John Howard is a decision to celebrate racism, bigotry and militarism. The award is unjustifiable in an institution claiming to serve the public good that says it is committed to rigorous… Continue reading Why ‘racist’ John Howard doesn’t deserve an honorary doctorate

Disruptive or productive? Two sides of the protest coin

The Australian, April 22, 2015 Last week, the University of Sydney announced formal misconduct allegations against academic Jake Lynch and five students after a campus protest in March ­interrupted an advocate for the ­Israel Defence Forces. Let’s leave aside the particulars of the allegations, the case is important because it raises vexed questions about universities’… Continue reading Disruptive or productive? Two sides of the protest coin

Disruptive Protest And Freedom Of Speech: A User’s Guide

New Matilda, March 19 2015. Read the original here. When are protesters justified in disrupting a public event? Can they legitimately do so in the name of freedom of speech? What aspects of the context change the rights and wrongs of a disruption? These kinds of questions are among the most delicate, complicated and important… Continue reading Disruptive Protest And Freedom Of Speech: A User’s Guide