Letters

  • Podcast: Alexandra Lysova – Free Speech & University Policies

    In this episode of Heterodox Out Loud [view on YouTube], John speaks with Alexandra Lysova about her time as an academic after the collapse of the Soviet Union, her journey to Canada, and the importance of open inquiry on college campuses. Alexandra Lysova, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser…

  • SFU Academic Freedom Founding Member Alexandra Lysova wins Leadership Award from Heterodox Academy!

    “SEPTEMBER 20, 2023, NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Heterodox Academy (HxA), a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving institutions of higher education by advocating for principles of viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement, announced the seven winners of their annual Open Inquiry Awards” [link]. One of the winners is our very own Alexandra Lysova,…

  • Feedback on SFU Hiring Guidelines

    We are writing with feedback on the draft of the SFU Guidelines for Faculty Recruitment and Retention (henceforth called “the Guidelines”) published on the SFU Hiring Resources page. We have three broad concerns: 1) the lack of attention to academic excellence, 2) the promotion of particular political viewpoints, and 3) the weak justification for some…