In 2007, Norman Cornett was dismissed from his academic position at McGill University without explanation, possibly for his unorthodox teaching methods.
Cornett and his dismissal are the subjects of a 2009 NFB documentary called Professor Norman Cornett: “Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?”, written and directed by Alanis Obomsawin.
In this film Obomsawin takes a thoughtful look at how mainstream universities teach young people to become the citizens who will shape our society.
The film will be showcased by the Kelowna Art Gallery, in cooperation with the Faculty of Creative and Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan, on Thursday, May 31, 6:30 p.m., with a discussion to follow that will include the participation of Cornett himself. The event is free.
Obomsawin is one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers. She has made over 35 films, and has earned numerous honours, such as the 2001 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. In 2002 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2004 she received imagineNATIVE’s inaugural Milestone Award for Outstanding Achievement.