Lindsay Shepherd and the Post-Scholarship University

By John Harris | 2021 April 13

    In his article “Speaking Out” (The Walrus, June 2019), Toronto-based 30-something freelance contrarian John Semley tells the story of the Wilfred Laurier University (WLU) teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd, who made international headlines when she was censured by a University examining committee for allegedly creating an unsafe learning environment for transgender students. The committee…

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Lindsay Shepherd and the Post-Scholarship University

By John Harris | Apr 13, 2021

    In his article “Speaking Out” (The Walrus, June 2019), Toronto-based 30-something freelance contrarian John Semley tells the story…

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        I read George Bowering’s latest book, Writing and Reading (New Star, Vancouver, 2019), in a single…

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Max Fawcett searches for the prophet of atheism.

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Margaret Randall is thinking about statues, racism, and history.