ULethbridge will not provide space on campus for Widdowson talk after consultation with community, student petition


University of Lethbridge has indicated that a talk set to be held by controversial former Mount Royal University professor Frances Widdowson will not be permitted space on campus. CBC reports that over 2,500 people signed petitions against Widdowson’s planned talk at the university. The talk, titled “How ‘Woke-ism’ Threatens Academic Freedom,” was not organized by the university itself, but was scheduled to be held on campus today. The university cancelled the lecture after seeking guidance from internal and external communities. “This input confirmed that assertions that seek to minimize the significant and detrimental impact of Canada’s residential school system are harmful,” Mahon said in a statement. “To ensure our community is safe, in the context of this planned lecture, the University will not provide space for this public lecture to occur on campus.”

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