Category Archives: Academic Freedom

Shout Out to Xiaobo

July 15, 2017 From Liu Xiaobo’s speech accepting the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, delivered in absentia (it was read by Liv Ullmann): Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity, and the mother of truth. … Continue reading

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Where Is Academic Freedom Most Secure

April 7, 2016 I was stunned recently when I read that Sara Goldrick-Rab, a “prominent researcher on low-income students and public policy,” would be leaving one university to accept an appointment at another university out of concerns for academic freedom. … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom Overreach

November 6, 2015 In an other wise interesting and thoughtful article I read recently, I came upon the following passage: In general, [universities] don’t like their professors to criticize their policies and actions, without airing their disagreements with the administration … Continue reading

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May 14, 2014 Christine Lagarde (IMF Chief) has withdrawn as Smith’s commencement speaker, Condoleeza Rice (W’s Secretary of State) has withdrawn as Rutgers’s speaker, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (women’s rights activist and critic of Islam) had her invitation to speak … Continue reading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