Typed letter signed enclosing original ten-page typescript.21 May 1969 Stock Code: 141422
Typed letter signed from the Canadian author and McGill English professor Hugh Maclennan to Ray Gardner (1919-1997), journalist and editor at the Toronto Star, enclosing a ten-page corrected typescript of his speech given at the emergency symposium on "The Americanization of Canadian Universities" at Sir George Williams University on 17 May 1969. Maclennan opposes the influx of Americans into Canadian Universities, their increasing dominance of faculty positions, and their associated student radicalism. Maclennan had himself been the target of student activists. He writes "Here is the piece you asked me for... if anything I have under-stated the seriousness of this situation. It arrived with bewildering suddenness and the worst element, so far as I have seen it at McGill, has been the almost deliberate reduction of standards and even ordinary courtesy since these newcomers appeared. In the past you were never conscious of people from other countries as being so different. It's not so now. The Americans get themselves onto all available committees and then they invite in their friends... So, if you can print all or some of this, I think it would be a national service". He thinks the problem may ease off with the end of the Vietnam War, but is not certain.
Maclennan has corrected the typescript throughout, with pencilled and crayon alterations and insertions of words and punctuation, and editorial marks. Maclennan claims that Canadian identity itself is threatened. Universities have become "poisoned with slogans which too often are uttered as proven truths. Character assassination has become the routine weapon of too many student and faculty politicians". The Canadian nation has a right to control its education and people. He argues that Canadians are now the minority in university appointments. "I have seen departments so totally American in their composition that they think and act as though they were still in the United States. This means that Canadians will soon be reduced to colonial status". As the solution, he supports the proposal to limit foreign faculty members to no more than a third of the whole.
Typed letter on Maclennan's McGill University letterhead, 10 page corrected typescript.
Light creasing and soiling. In very good condition.
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