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GLOBAL LUNCHBOX | Panic! at the Law School: The University of Toronto Hiring Scandal Explained

When: Friday, June 25, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free & open to everyone

Contact: Danny Postel  


Category: Global & Civic Engagement, Academic, Lectures & Meetings


The recent uproar at the University of Toronto Law School illuminates the dangerous mix of cash-strapped universities, politically motivated donors, and academic hiring.

Join us for this special session of the Global Lunchbox series to hear University of Toronto faculty members examine the pathways of outside influence on university administration and the reaction of faculty and staff to defend the hiring process and academic freedom.

When donors disapprove of faculty decisions, it falls to university administrators to manage the contradiction. How might leaders at the University of Toronto have handled the pressures better and what lessons can this episode offer to others? This event promises a lively discussion of dollars, dilemmas, and denial in university governance.


Ruth A. Marshall is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly articles on the study of global Christianity and politics; religion, ethnicity and citizenship in West Africa (Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire). Her research and teaching are interdisciplinary, drawing on political science, political philosophy, the study of religion, anthropology, African and postcolonial studies. In 2013-14 she was a Faculty Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute.

Melissa S. Williams is Professor of Political Science and founding Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. Her general research focus is on contemporary democratic theory. She is the author of Voice, Trust, and Memory: Marginalized Groups and the Failings of Liberal Representation (Princeton University Press, 1998) and articles on toleration, citizenship, comparative political theory, the history of political thought, Indigenous rights, multiculturalism. Her current projects include "Democracy After Sovereignty" and "Deparochializing Political Theory" (an edited volume).

Denise Réaume is Professor on the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She served as Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) from 1990-1995. Professor Réaume teaches in the areas of tort law and discrimination law. Her current research projects include work on official language rights in Canada, discrimination law, and feminist issues in tort law, all subjects on which she has published numerous articles in legal journals and edited volumes.

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