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Lefty’s Legacy, Margaret’s Hope – A Feature Article

November 14, 2011

Labour Studies at Simon Fraser University

Illustration by Jeff Burgess

SFU alumna Margaret Morgan (MA’76) and her husband, left-wing radical Richard Ernest “Lefty” Morgan, were life-long learners, educators, and activists, so it seems appropriate that SFU’s research centre for labour studies should be named the Morgan Centre for Labour Studies. Many alumni from SFU’s “bad old days” in the late 1960s would probably agree that the Morgan Centre is a near-perfect fit with the university. As Hugh Johnston put it in his 2005 book Radical Campus, the new university was a spawning ground for “the New Left and student radicalism.” A student strike in 1967 and the arrest of 114 students at a campus protest in 1968 gave SFU the public image that Lefty could appreciate. Still, there may be some lingering doubts about whether SFU can live up to his radical image.

Lefty’s Legacy, Margaret’s Hope – AQ

This article can also be viewed online at http://www.sfu.ca/aq/features/leftys-legacy-margarets-hope.html.

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