Category Archives: Academic Freedom

George Mason University & the Kochs

May 1, 2018 I’ll get to George Johnson in a minute. First, my hat is off today for Samantha Parsons, a former George Mason University student whose Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have brought into the light of day … Continue reading

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Randa Jarrar and Academic Freedom

April 20, 2018 Randa Jarrar doesn’t seem to understand academic freedom, and I don’t think officials at Fresno State University, where she has a tenured appointment, do either. I say ‘seems’ because I’m finding it difficult to locate thoughtful statements … Continue reading

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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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