Context for the Galloway Case
The following are links providing context for the firing of Steven Galloway from the University of British Columbia, the subsequent attempt by a group calling itself UBCAccountable to support Galloway and criticize the actions of UBC, and the reason for the counter-letter, a petition delivered to the representatives of UBCAccountable November 23, 2016.
The events connected to UBCAccountable's actions are complex, and over time have become associated with other problems in the CanLit industry. This page tracks background for the controversy, provides resources for understanding the terms of the debate and includes some of the views of UBCAccountable signatories themselves, from 2016 to 2018.
If you are interested in learning more about what the circumstances of the UBCAccountable controversy were, what related controversies continue to mean in CanLit and what the future of CanLit could involve, please look for the collection REFUSE: CanLit in Ruins, due to appear Fall 2018.
Related Open Letters, Statements and Petitions
UBCAccountable open letter, archived with signatures. Additional statements on the site are also archived.
Open Letter in petition form and web page against the UBCAccountable letter. Web page shows signatures.
Open letter from students, professors and activists at Brock University
Open letter from students at the University of Winnipeg
by Alicia Elliott
Article is from 2001.
by Lorri Neilsen Glenn
Report for UBC
Testimony, Reactions, Storify
by Jen Sookfong Lee
by Emily Kellogg
By Zoe Whittall. Please note: article existed in a different format 5 Feb 2018. Was pulled by the Walrus for "fact-checking" & reposted 9 Feb 2018.
by Dorothy Palmer
by Karen L. Freedman
"Celebrating Diversity by Dismantling CanLit" by Amanda Leduc
by Alicia Elliott
by Mike Doherty
by Stacy Lee Kong
by Gwen Benaway
by Simon Lewsen