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Author Archives: John K. Wilson

Why “Right to Work” Is an Attack on Free Speech

The US Supreme Court will hear the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, where some anti-union high school teachers are trying to avoid paying an agency fee to the … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

What’s the Deal with Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, and PC?

Jerry Seinfeld recently told an ESPN radio host, “I don’t play colleges. I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’” The only time … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Shared Governance and Its Misconceptions

The headline of today’s op-ed in the Chicago Tribune by William G. Bowen and Eugene M. Tobin was wonderful: “Scott Walker’s test of academic freedom.” And the first half of … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

UIUC Chancellor Wise Comments on AAUP Censure

Yesterday evening, UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise sent out the following mass email: Dear Colleagues: I write to address the June 13 vote by the American Association of University Professors to … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · 16 Comments

AAUP Censures the University of Illinois and Three Other Institutions

Today, members of the AAUP at its annual meeting voted overwhelmingly to censure the administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because of the dismissal of Steven Salaita. Harry … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 13 Comments

Statement to the AAUP By Steven Salaita

The AAUP is holding its annual meeting today, June 13, 2015, and voting on the question of censuring the University of Illinois administration over the dismissal of Steven Salaita. Salaita … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 6 Comments

AAUP Resolution on Wisconsin Attacks on Academic Freedom and Shared Governance

This morning at the AAUP Annual Meeting, the following resolution passed unanimously: Proposed Actions by Wisconsin State Legislature to Weaken Academic Freedom and Shared Governance in University of Wisconsin System … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 10 Comments

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

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