University of Alberta associate professor Kathleen Lowrey was dismissed as associate chair of undergraduate studies in the department of anthropology in March.

Kathleen Lowrey, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta, was recently dismissed from her role as undergraduate programs chair. She was told students had complained about her views on gender identity ideology.

I spoke with her on Thursday about what happened and about the current culture in academia, in terms of free speech, open debate, and the ability of students and professors alike to discuss the issue of gender identity.

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