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Author Archives: Aaron Barlow

The AAUP’s Digital Future

Over the three years of my involvement with the AAUP, I’ve watched this venerable faculty institution complete a reorganization and begin a process of revitalization that is already placing it … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment


The following is a Professional Staff Congress press release: Bill Passed with Huge Bipartisan Vote Would Improve Quality of Public Higher Education Albany—More than 35,000 students are urging Governor Cuomo … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tragedy Compounded, History Continued

The closest I’ve been to Bamako in Mali is a truckstop town called San, about 200 miles to the east. I was travelling to Bobo-Dioulasso after a trip on the … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · 1 Comment


Press Release from the Professional Staff Congress: New York—Hundreds of faculty and staff from the City University of New York called on the Governor tonight to end his refusal to … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Half Right and Half True

The current turmoil on a few college campuses has, of course, led many of us to generalize, to maintain that there’s a new student radicalism in the air, that the … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

First Amendment v. Privacy?

I’ve been watching with dismay the coverage of the incident yesterday where University of Missouri professor Melissa Click asked, “Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · 3 Comments

For What It’s Worth

We shouldn’t send bureaucrats and accountants to manage our wars. When we do (as happened in Iraq and even Vietnam), disaster follows. Military victory comes at the hands of those … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

Humanities, Heal Yourselves

In a comment on a post of mine yesterday, Frederick Glaysher wrote, “Human experience is much deeper and profound than what the humanities has come to allow in our time, … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Partisan Politics and Academic Freedom

What’s the point of calling academia, or an association of academics like the AAUP, “too liberal”? Doing so always has a political goal; it’s an attempt to make academia—or the organization—more … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · 9 Comments

UNC System: Quo Vadis?

[F]or those of us who think that universities exist for academic purposes — to teach academic knowledge and skills, to pass on academic virtues, and to sustain academic research — … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · 1 Comment



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