The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on March 30, 1978 · Page 5
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The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · Page 5

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Thursday, March 30, 1978
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Carleton profs would have By Michael Prentice Journal Reporter Several professors at Carleton University hinted they would resign earlier this month unless Professor Philip Uren was censured for visiting South Africa at the Pretoria government's expense. They feared their reputations would be damaged in the eyes of black Africa if the visit was not condemned by Uren's Carleton colleagues. Other members of the faculty had misgivings about allowing this fear to ' be a factor in action ""against Uren but he was censured anyway by a near-unanimous vote of his colleagues. Uren has since resigned as director of Carleton's prestigious Paterson "Centre, which is linked with the university's School of International Affairs. A series of Journal interviews with Uren's colleagues this week found no one who condoned his acceptance of the trip to South Africa at the white-minority government's expense. There also appears to be near-unanimity among Carleton faculty that the censuring of Uren did not represent any denial of academic freedom. University president Michael Oliver said: "Academic freedom is of paramount value. Any infringement of that freedom I would deplore and fight against. But that issue is not involved." However, Professor Thomas Brewis was doubtful on this point. Brewis was the only member of the faculty council of the School of International Affairs who did not vote to censure Uren when the action was taken March 3. Brewis, who abstained in the vote, said it was inappropriate for Uren's colleagues to judge him, and that "if it appears (the faculty's) attitude has been influenced by outside governments, then I am extremely uncomfortable." John Sigler, director of the School of International Affairs, acknowledged in an interview the motion of censure could have been worded better. Sigler presided over the meeting at which the vote was taken, but his position as chairman did not give him a vole. The motion singled out the South African government as one whose invitations should be rejected by those holding senior administrative posts at Carleton. Sigler said the intent of the motion was that senior administrators should not accept invitations from any government. Sigler also said several faculty members felt their careers were heavily involved, since they had spent years achieving acceptance in black Africa, which they needed ' to carry out their research. The school specializes in black African studies, he said, and some faculty members felt they would have to leave the universi ty to continue their research if no action was taken. Others at the meeting were uneasy about this consideration, but the faculty council voted as It did, Sigler said, because of the "blatant political nature" of the Invitation by the South African government. Oliver has publicly stated he would have refused Uren permission to represent the university on the trip if he had requested it. But Uren went as an individual, the university president said, and that CH1LDRENS HOSPITAL LOTTERY WINNER JACK HELMAR G40 was entirely proper. . The president declined to say whether he considered Uren had been unwise to accept the invitation, but he said It was .hardly surprising the trip had aroused strong feelings. Among black Africans, Oliver said, the South African government was viewed in much the same way as Hitler's regime was viewed by Jews. Oliver was on a visit to black Africa when Uren delivered his resignation this month, and it was accepted by the acting president, John Porter. Porter said: "I think he was obviously unwise to accept a free trip to South Africa while holding the position he did." Asked why South Africa was singled out in the censure motion. Porter noted Carleton had a very strong school of African studies, and a number of the faculty found the South African government reprehensible. Porter said he thought South Africa was a special case because it was an advanced industrial society violating western liberal traditions. Porter branded as "a phony issue" the question of whether Uren would have been treated the same if he had taken a nr SUPER VALUEMOUR-3 MOST 1 iiiflli5;;:piSS 1 mmsmmmmmmhmS AMFM STEREO 50 WATTS R.M.S. CH. CiD PIONEER SX-550 CAPELLO SUPER (tAAftn PRICE ONLY 20 WATTS R.M.S. CH. 'TflKF -TIMF FROM OTTAWA'S MOST WHERE WE CONVENIENT CREDIT TERMS EASILY ClCkipflLte AWE I k V ' l Y A Philip Uren: Quit directorship paid trip to a communist country. "You can only operate fill V Tn CnMPARF PR CE AND SERVICE ALL with the confidence of your colleagues," Porter said. "It's basically an CO PIONEER CD PIONEER SX-650 CAPELLO SUPER $QQ0Q PRICE ONLY OO 35 WATTS R.M.S. CH. COMPLETE AUDIO STORE BRAND NAME COMPONENTS quit if Uren administrative problem." Professor S. Langdon, one of those who drafted the censure motion, said: "We have official relations with universities in Nigeria and Ghana. Those relations are supposed to be organized by the person holding the job (of director of the Paterson Centre). Our view was that you could not hold that"job and take a free trip to South Africa." Langdon, too, drew the analogy between present-day South Africa and Nazi Germany, and noted the extremely fierce feelings they aroused among black Africans and Jews. Langdon said he could not think of another country where a trip by a senior administrator could have caused as many difficulties. Even Brewis, the one faculty member who refused to join in the condemnation of Uren, said he believed Uren made a serious error of judgment. But Brewis said those who felt threatened by Uren's trip should not have been both his accusers and judges. "I've no sympathy for apartheid," Brewis said. "A regime which practises discrimination is very offensive. But we must not close the door to investigation." Of aspects of the case SX-750 CAPELLO SUPER PRICE ONLY 448 00 SfcLtU I IUN t v. 2 ARRANGED that troubled him, Brewis said: "One of the virtues of a university is that it does not have to bow to anyone." Controversy was added to Uren's trip by the fact he made it just before he was host of a Carleton conference that included delegates from black Africa. Uren said in an interview this week it occurred to him the trip might be mn ';sAm J! SaveNowonJVt Dependability MAYTAG SALE ENDS SATURDAY, APRIL 1st 6 p.m MKTTK6 I H pdwfr fin ri A HELICAL DRIVE I I- .? . "ZP means fewer SWIRLAWAY (EM) PwasWhini,aUc- Jtion. ueis cioines really clean. ---- - - -- ----- mi DRYERS 26 mors capacity than previous models Low temp, Stream-of-Heat tm drying Fast, energy efficient operation. 1 V- '- . IF . .1 i 38.99 29.99 wuh Azrao pa-lacn aa tttomit on OracartafaV-Tritrd Caplan's. . . .Rideau .Thursday, March 30. 1978 not censured controversial, and that's why he took leave of absence to visit South Africa. Uren, whose resignation is effective at the end of this week, plans to take a long holiday and then teach geography at Carleton. He Is planning to issue a written statement giving his side of the case. Oliver, who returned ' from Africa this week, J0MfeVi mm$t CAPLAN'S MSRCh is MONln -r mnuino nark ...... ...a , aviae .raisy v iL things to go wrong BASKET- hun-- fewer repair dreds of holes bills, too. drain away soil, sand & grit. Dryers andtDishwashers -if '0 BIB lOD cower .!( i 1 49.99 44.99 Fteof St. . . .235-3381 . . . .Ample 1 ,i Ottawa Journal 5 said no decision has yet been made on what, if any, guidelines to adopt on trips paid for by foreign governments. It may not be easy to formulate guidelines, Oliver said. 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