Keynote Speaker

James (Jim) L. Turk

The NSLA Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce that James (Jim) L. Turk will be headlining the 2023 Conference!

About Jim:

Jim is Director of the Centre for Free Expression at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University.)

He speaks and writes extensively on intellectual freedom, freedom of expression, human rights, and civil liberties and on their importance for social justice and democracy. His most recent book is an edited collection, Academic Freedom in Conflict: The Struggle over Speech Rights in the University.

From 1998 to 2014, Jim was Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers; previously having been a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto teaching Canadian studies and labour studies. He has also held several senior positions in the Canadian trade union movement.

Jim has a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Harvard University, a Master of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and was a Knox Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Full information and program updates will be made available on our conference page.