TA scolded for playing Jordan Peterson video in class

Nikita Vladimirov
Investigative Reporter

  • A Canadian teaching assistant says she was reprimanded by her supervising professor for showing a video in class featuring University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson.
  • Comparing the screening to "neutrally playing a speech by Hitler," administrators told the TA that the school has a “duty to make sure we’re not furthering … Jordan Peterson.”
  • A Canadian teaching assistant was reprimanded by her professor for showing students a video featuring University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson.

    According to The National Post, Wilfrid Laurier University educator Lindsay Shepherd was branded as “transphobic” and scolded by her supervising professor, Nathan Rambukkana, for showing the video, which he compared to “neutrally playing a speech by Hitler.”

    "Do you see why this is not something…that is up for debate?"   

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    Shepherd, who is currently a graduate student at the Waterloo, Ontario school, reportedly played a video of a debate between Peterson and University of Toronto Sexual Diversity Studies program lecturer Nicholas Matte.

    Following the event, Shepherd was told that simply showing the clip to the “Canadian Communication in Context” class implied that she was “legitimizing” Peterson’s position on genderless pronouns, and that at least one student had complained that the video created a "toxic climate" in the classroom.

    Peterson has been a vocal critic of Canada’s federal Bill C-16, which forced the acceptance of gender theory and added “gender expression” and “gender identity” to the hate crime section of the country’s Criminal Code.

    The teaching assistant was also notified that she must “not show any more controversial videos of this kind” and that her supervisor can observe her classes and review lesson plans submitted before lectures.

    Last week, Shepherd was reportedly made to attend a meeting with her supervisor; the head of the Gendered Violence Prevention and Support program, Adria Joel; and program coordinator Herbert Pimlott to discuss concerns that were raised by one or more students who claimed that the lecturer created “a toxic climate.”

    [RELATED: UMN offers 'nonbinary gender pronouns' writing guide]

    After defending her teaching methods at the lengthy meeting, Shepherd was informed that even presenting Peterson’s views neutrally created “a space where those opinions can be nurtured.”

    The administrators also reportedly speculated that Shepherd could be a supporter of the “alt-right” movement and said the school has a “duty to make sure we’re not furthering…Jordan Peterson," even telling her that "this is not something...that is up for debate[.]"

    Wilfrid Laurier University did not immediately respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment.

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    Nikita Vladimirov

    Nikita Vladimirov

    Investigative Reporter
    Nikita Vladimirov is an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform, he wrote for The Hill, where he extensively covered the latest political developments in U.S. and around the world. Vladimirov's work has appeared on the front pages of The Drudge Report and The Hill, and has been featured by several media organizations including Fox News, MSN, Real Clear Politics and others. He has also appeared as a political commentator on numerous programs, including BBC radio.
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