A Self-Proclaimed Dissident Riles Up Canadian Academe

A Self-Proclaimed Dissident Riles Up Canadian Academe 1

David Kawai, The Ottawa Citizen

Denis Rancourt, a physics professor who was dismissed in 2009 by the U. of Ottawa, in part for his unorthodox grading: "Socrates did not give grades. My job is to educate."

Denis Rancourt is a self-described "anarchist" and "dissident," an internationally recognized researcher in physics, and a blogger who writes bluntly about social activism, climate change, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But it is the challenge to his dismissal as a tenured professor at the University of Ottawa—a rare occurrence in Canadian academe—that has brought him the most recent attention, raising questions about academic freedom and its limits.

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