Tuesday, November 07, 2017

George Brown: the speech he never gave...

Well, actually, it's the speech I never gave.

Last month I was approached by members of the University of Toronto history department about Eminent Victorians, a series of talks on 19th century Canadian political figures, co-sponsored by the department and held at the university. Would I give the inaugural talk, on George Brown, on November 7?

I was agreeable. Except they had also decided on the honorarium to be paid. I explained I only work for universities for honoraria if the amount matches my (modest) fee scale.

Sorry, they said, the amount was fixed; they could "not afford" to change it.

I don't think there is a talk about George Brown tonight at the University of Toronto. I'm sad to say my thoughts on him remains unwritten and unpresented.
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