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Dalhousie administrator’s controversial book shortlisted for $50K Donner Prize – Reston Recorder

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2019219 Views

TORONTO — A book on campus debate by Dalhousie University’s interim president that stirred controversy at the Halifax school is among the books shortlisted for the $50,000 Donner Prize.

Peter MacKinnon’s “University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate and Dissent on Campus” (University of Toronto Press) is one of five finalists for the award recognizing the best public policy book by a Canadian.

MacKinnon’s interim appointment at Dalhousie earlier this year was met with outcry from a group of students who rebuked his book for expressing “racist perspectives” and “oppressive rhetoric,” prompting some to call for his dismissal.

A group of law professors at Dalhousie University also wrote a letter to school’s provost in February asking MacKinnon to confirm that blackface violates the code of student conduct and personal harassment policy.

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