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Mark Mercer is a professor of philosophy and serves as the chair of the philosophy department at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. He is also the president of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship. (The views in this article are his and not necessarily official SAFS positions.) Membership in SAFS can be obtained at the SAFS website, Dr. Mercer’s website is at

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  • In a time where guest speakers with unapproved ideas are routinely badgered off campus stages, where bad jokes or impolitic slogans can get university students expelled, and where even academics with tenure risk losing their jobs if they dissent from administration orthodoxies, it seems fair to ask, who will put out the fires when the book-burnings begin? Well, for one, the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship. SAFS president Mark Mercer explains.