Disinviting is an awkward word for a disagreeable act: inviting someone, and then once they have accepted, withdrawing the invitation. Naturally, this is more hurtful than not being invited at all. I have not been invited to many things, and ignorance is bliss. To have been invited, and gone through the process of preparing for the event, gathering material and adapting it to the requirements of the occasion, and then being told you are not wanted is a sharp rejection. Hopes have been raised only to be dashed later: the contrast is a cruel, high amplitude rebuff.
I had not previously heard of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance, but I have written to them, asking them for their explanation about their actions. To assist those who don’t know Prof Gottfredson, including possibly some members of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance, I add a link to: her letter to them, a letter of support from Russell Warne, an interview with her in 2007, from which, quite coincidentally, I had been quoting approvingly a few days ago, and another link to her CV. Have a quick glance at it and then see if you can thing of a better person to invite to address a vocational conference.
IAEVG Dis-Invites Keynote by Prof. Gottfredson
The Board of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) Rescinded Its Invitation to Professor Linda Gottfredson to give a keynote address at its 2018 conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 2-4.
Letters to the IAEVG Board protesting its decision
• Prof. Linda Gottfredson, October 1, 2018 (includes 4 letters to IAEVG defaming Dr. Gottfredson and requesting the Board disinvite her)
• Prof. Russell Warne, October 1, 2018
Judge Dr Gottfredson for yourself
• Profiles in Research http://www1.udel.edu/educ/gottfredson/reprints/2009interview.pdf
• Curriculum Vitae http://www1.udel.edu/educ/gottfredson/reprints/index.html