Update: This lecture was cancelled due to the winter storm.
I wrote earlier about the controversy surrounding Mount Allison's decision to honor Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books and founder of a charity for Israeli Army Veterans with an Honorary Degree at the 2010 May Graduation Ceremony.
At the time, despite the controversy the degree was awarded and the ceremony went on apparently without a hitch. In an Argosy article at the time, VP Academic & Research Stephen McClatchie said that fair minded debate around the issue would be engaged at the University had offered to provide funds to arrange a forum on the conflict.
University provost Stephen McClatchie agreed. “We are an academic institution and academic debate is what we're all about. We should be engaging with such difficult topics and it is important to do so in an open, fair-minded, and respectful way,” he said.
McClatchie said he has offered funds to Thomas to arrange a forum on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the upcoming academic year.
Thomas also hopes that this controversy will lead to a revision in how honorary degrees are awarded.