2016 Annual General Meeting Of The Society For Academic Freedom And Scholarship

April 2016

Saturday 14 May 2016, 9:00 am-3:15 pm
Western University, Somerville House, Room 3317
9:00-10:00 Registration and Conversation
10:00-10:45 Mark Mercer, SAFS President, “Academic Freedom 2015—2016”
10:45-12:00 Jeff Muehlbauer, Verbulous Inc, and Ken Westhues, University of Waterloo: “A Conversation on Native Studies and Academic Mobbing”
12:00-1:00 Buffet Lunch (in Somerville House – The Garden, Room 3320)

Keynote Address: Donald Alexander Downs, “Challenges to Academic Freedom: Anything New Under the Sun?”

Dr Downs is Alexander Meiklejohn Professor of Political Science, Law, and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and the director and co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy (2007-present). He is the author of six books, including Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus (Cambridge University Press/The Independent Institute, 2004) and More than Victims: Battered Women, the Syndrome Society, and the Law (University of Chicago Press, 1996).

2:15-2:30 Refreshment Break
2:30-3:15 Annual Business Meeting (SAFS members only)

Registration Fee: $30.00 per person, may pay at the door. (Registration includes coffee and lunch, but not parking.) To confirm attendance (please reply by 1 May) or for further information about the meeting contact Mark Mercer:

To register in advance, send your cheque for $30 to SAFS, PO Box 33056 Quinpool Centre, Halifax, NS B3L 4T6.

For further information about parking or Western University contact Daniella Chirila: e-mail:; or by phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 84690.

Accommodation: On-campus rooms at Western Bed & Breakfast are $62.00 per night including continental breakfast. The rooms are in a modern, air-conditioned residence, located in Elgin Hall on University Drive, off Richmond St. North ( Also, The Station Park on Pall Mall (1-800-561-4574), and Windermere Manor (1-519-858-1414), have UWO rates at ~ $120.00 per night.

Getting there: From the 401, take Wellington Road North to its end, then jog one block west to Richmond Street, go North to University gates (on your left), just North of Huron Street. On campus, follow this road over the bridge, turn left at the light and continue to traffic circle. Visitor parking is on your right next to Alumni Hall once you are almost around the circle. Rate: $7.00 flat rate. From Highway 7, take Highway 4 South (it becomes Richmond Street). At the fork after Fanshawe Road you can either stay left on Richmond to University gates (now on Richmond Street) as above, or stay right and go down Western Road, turn left at 3rd light (Lambton Drive). Visitor parking is on your right as you enter traffic circle. Somerville House is across the traffic circle. On Saturday there is usually no one at the Information booths.