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Author Archives: John K. Wilson

Bertrand Russell and Academic Freedom

Since today is Bertrand Russell’s birthday (he was born in 1872), I wanted to share this short segment from my dissertation on the history of academic freedom about Russell’s firing from … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s PEN Award

On May 5 at the PEN Literary Gala, the magazine Charlie Hebdo will be awarded the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award. At least 204 PEN … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

George Mason University and the Perpetual Problem of Speech Codes

George Mason University (GMU) has gotten a lot of attention this week, with FIRE declaring that GMU “has eliminated all of its speech codes, earning the highest, ‘green light’ rating … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Barry University Suspends Student for Video

Laura Loomer, a student at Barry University, was suspended on Monday. Her crime? Embarrassing the university, by recording an undercover video for James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas in which she duped … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 8 Comments

University of South Carolina Wrongly Suspends Student for Racism

The University of South Carolina has suspended a student, apparently for writing the N-word on a white board in a study room on campus, revealed in a photo that was … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · 6 Comments

Why Punishing Students for Racism at the University of Oklahoma Is Wrong, and Unconstitutional

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, ordered students living there to leave, and expelled two students for leading a racist chant. These … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Political Attack on a North Carolina Center

The Center for Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s law school has been eliminated by the Board of Governors. As the AAUP noted … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marquette to Fire John McAdams for His Blog

Marquette University Dean Richard Holz has written a letter to Professor John McAdams, announcing that university will revoke his tenure and fire him. The AAUP recently wrote a letter to … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 42 Comments

WIU Lifts Suspension of Student Editor

Last week, I reported on the case of Western Illinois University suspending the Western Courier editor-in-chief Nicholas Stewart because he sold video he took of a riot on campus. This week, … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

UIUC AAUP Statements on Salaita Case

UPDATE: I’ll be speaking at a panel on “Shared Governance and Academic Freedom: Where Are We Now?” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Weds. Feb. 11, 7:30pm @ University YMCA, 1001 … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

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