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Author Archives: John K. Wilson

A Century of the AAUP: An Interview with Hans-Joerg Tiede

Hans-Joerg Tiede, a professor of computer science at Illinois Wesleyan University who will be joining the AAUP staff next year, has written a new book about the early history of … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

University of Illinois Pays $875,000 to Settle Salaita Case

Here is the press release from Salaita’s lawyers: Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for “Uncivil” Tweets November 12, 2015, Chicago – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · 13 Comments

Tim Wolfe Resigns from the University of Missouri

Tim Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri, resigned this morning under intense pressure. I’m still trying to figure out what Wolfe did wrong. The racism on campus seems no … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Is the AAUP a Nakedly Partisan Left-Wing Group?

Jonathan Marks at Minding the Campus has denounced the AAUP, claiming that it “takes a sharp left turn.” Marks claims that the AAUP’s Centennial Declaration is “the most nakedly partisan document … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · 22 Comments

Steven Salaita Returns to Illinois

Steven Salaita spoke tonight at the University of Illinois at Chicago before a supportive crowd of 150 about his new book, Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom, which Aaron … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 5 Comments

Why Freedom of Expression Isn’t a Dangerous Mistake

At Minding the Campus, National Association of Scholars president Peter Wood calls the adoption by other colleges of the University of Chicago statement on freedom of expression “a dangerous mistake.” … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

A Civil Salaita

Today is the publication of Steven Salaita’s new book, Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom (Haymarket Books). Salaita’s book is smart, charming, funny, intense, civil, and sincere—and … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · 28 Comments

The Kids Aren’t Intolerant

April Kelly-Woessner argued last week at Heterodox Academy that “young people are less politically tolerant than their parents’ generation.” Titled, “How Marcuse made today’s students less tolerant than their parents,” … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 5 Comments

Alice Dreger Speaks Out about Censorship and the Branding of Higher Education

Former Northwestern professor Alice Dreger spoke in Evanston on Sept. 30, a month after resigning from her position in the medical school to protest censorship of the medical journal Atrium after she … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Extramural Utterances

The new issue of the Journal of Academic Freedom was released yesterday, including Cary Nelson’s much-anticipated essay. As an argument for firing Salaita, Nelson’s essay is a complete failure. Robert … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · 14 Comments



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