Laurentian University – In Solidarity

Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Canadian Association of Theatre Research /l'Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale (CATR/ACRT) joins the Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET) in its condemnation of the elimination of many programs at Laurentian University, including Theatre Arts. CATR/ACRT wishes to express its solidarity with our colleagues who are suffering the consequences of this short-sighted and damaging action. The membership of the CATR/ACRT strongly denounces the deep injustice of the restructuring of Laurentian University. We vigorously affirm our solidarity with our colleagues in Sudbury, as well as with the students who studied in the university’s eliminated programs. In the face of this unjust attack on post-secondary education in Ontario, our organizations members wish to recall the major historical role that Laurentian University has played in the survival and vitality of the Ontario Francophonie, a cultural legacy that reaches across the province and beyond. We would like to express in particular our support for the professors of the Theatre Arts program, our colleagues and friends who will have to pay, like their colleagues in French Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and other disciplines affected by this reckless restructuring.

The Société québécoise d’études théâtrales denounces the elimination of many programs at Laurentian University, including those in theatre studies. The SQET wants to express its solidarity towards colleagues students who will suffer the consequences of this decision.

This week, the University of Ottawa’s Department of Theatre was shocked to learn that Laurentian University eliminated several programs, including Theatre Studies. We wish to express our outrage and affirm our solidarity with colleagues and students who must pay the price of this decision. It is well known that Laurentian University, up until now, played a key role in ensuring the ongoing strength of Franco-Ontarien culture and the dissemination of the French language throughout Ontario: it was the birthplace of the Franco-Ontarian flag, the Franco-Ontarian Quiet Revolution began on its campus, and its graduates founded numerous cultural nationally-known institutions, including the publishing house Prise de parole, the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario. In particular, we wish to express our support to our colleagues and friends who taught in this essential program. Along with specialists in French, Philosophy, Political Science and a plethora of other disciplines, they must pay the price of dubious management practices.

 

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