Anarchist scholar to speak at RF@AERA denied entry to Canada

Abraham P. DeLeon, assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas, San Antonio was refused entry to Canada today. He was scheduled to deliver a papers at the American Educational Research Association meeting and the pre-conference meeting of the Rouge Forum @ AERA, both which are being held in Vancouver, BC this weekend.

DeLeon, who holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut, does research in the areas of cultural studies, anarchist theory, post-colonialism, and animal studies in educational theory. His articles that have appeared in The Social Studies, The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, Educational Studies, Equity & Excellence in Education, and Theory and Research in Social Education. He is associate editor of Critical Education, which is based at the University of British Columbia. He has also co-edited two books: Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy (Routledge, 2009) and Critical Theories, Radical Pedagogies, and Social Education: Towards New Perspectives for Social Studies Education (Sense Publishers, 2010).

DeLeon was scheduled to deliver an AERA paper titled: “Lured by the Animal: Rethinking Nonhuman Animals in Educational Discourses” and he was also scheduled to speak at the pre-conference Rouge Forum @ AERA on “What might happen when teachers and other academics connect reason to power and power to resistance?”

Canada Border Services Agency refused to give a reasons for denying DeLeon entry to Canada. CBSA has also repeatedly denied entry to American educator Bill Ayers, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago. The CBSA’s actions raise serious concerns for Canadians and Americans who value free speech, open debate and academic freedom.

3 responses to “Anarchist scholar to speak at RF@AERA denied entry to Canada

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  2. “Run comrades, the old world is behind you.” CrimethInc.

    Dr. DeLeon’s website

  3. Stephen Petrina

    Dear Abraham, on behalf of the country, we apologize as this was an atrocious way to welcome a scholar– an intellectual– to Canada, or more definitively, the border. We missed you at the Rouge Forum @ AERA 2012. Woody Guthrie’s Deportee comes to mind here…
    The crops are all in and the peaches are rotting
    The oranges are filed in their creosote dumps
    They’re flying ’em back to the Mexico border
    To take all their money to wade back again
    Goodbye to my Juan, farewell Roselita
    Adios mes amigos, Jesus e Maria
    You won’t have a name when you ride the big airplane
    All they will call you will be deportees…

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