John Ralston Saul Addresses First Independent Scholars’ Symposium
More than 350 people turned out to hear Canadian author and essayist John Ralston Saul’s keynote address to the Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars Inaugural Symposium held at SFU’s Vancouver campus in May.
He spoke passionately about the role of the independent scholar and tenured intellectuals as sharing the ethical responsibility of questioning, speaking out and intellectual risk-taking. Issues included:
Saul challenged both community and university scholars to find solutions to these problems. “It’s thinking and acting. The job of the scholar and the intellectual is to watch out for our society, to think, to be heard to think, to be seen to think and therefore to act in public.”
The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars (CAIS) is an initiative of Interdisciplinary Programs, the home of the Philosophers’ Café program. John Ralston Saul and Claude Lévi- Strauss are the Distinguished Patrons of the CAIS.