Category Archives: Academic Freedom

Protests Over Commencement Speakers

May 14, 2014 Christine Lagarde (IMF Chief) has withdrawn as Smith’s commencement speaker, Condoleeza Rice (W’s Secretary of State) has withdrawn as Rutgers’s speaker, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (women’s rights activist and critic of Islam) had her invitation to speak … Continue reading

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In the Crosshairs or On the Mark?

February 15, 2013 This morning’s Inside Higher Ed has a piece on the heat being put on some college and universities presidents for failing to sign a letter to President Obama in support of stronger gun control legislation. The initiative … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom: Sponsorship and the BDS Controversy

February 6, 2013 What does it mean to “sponsor” an event at a college or university? That issue has been thrown into high profile by a controversy that has erupted at Brooklyn College (CUNY) occasioned by an event scheduled for … Continue reading

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In Praise of Diversity

July 20, 2012 I’ve written often on this blog about issues of academic freedom, a value the academy seems both to cherish and to misunderstand. Thus, I was particularly pleased to see this recent opinion piece on “Valuing Diversity of … Continue reading

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Academic Community

April 25, 2012 Stumbling about on the web looking for some information, I came across this webpage that contains a mission statement for the School of Theology at Boston University and also contains a set of Community Principles. The statement … Continue reading

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