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Category Archives: academic freedom

Returning to the Scene of the “Crime”: Northeastern Illinois University

The American Association of University Professors censured Northeastern Illinois University at its annual meeting this past June. The annual meeting launched the centennial celebration of the Association’s founding. The censure … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

University of Iowa AAUP Chapter Supports Salaita

This is a letter from the University of Iowa AAUP chapter to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise seeking reinstatement of Professor Steven Salaita. It is admirable that an … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Another Bad Argument Against Salaita’s Hiring

Eric Zorn, a liberal columnist for the Chicago Tribune, argues today that Steven Salaita’s First Amendment rights “remain intact” and “academic freedom is not under assault.” He is wrong. Here’s … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

Ethics and UIUC Board Chair Kennedy

On January 23, 2014, Christopher G. Kennedy was reelected by his peers as chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. In the public relations announcement it … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

CUCFA Statement on “Civility” and Academic Freedom

The following is the text of a statement issued on September 11 by the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA): On Friday Sept. 5, Chancellor Dirks of UC … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

Not All Money is Good Money

The following is the text of an open letter to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees from Safiya Umoja Noble, Assistant Professor, UCLA, and former faculty member, student, and … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

Hiltzik on Civility

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times is one of my favorite newspaper columnists.  This week he ran an excellent piece on what I’ve started calling the emerging “civility doctrine” … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

Board of Trustees Officially Votes Against Salaita, and Salaita Responds

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees just concluded a meeting at which they formally voted to reject the appointment of Steven Salaita. However, the vote was not unanimous. Trustee … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 5 Comments

An Open Letter Supporting Salaita’s Dismissal, and a Critique

This morning, Sept. 11, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees will meet in Urbana, and the trustees show no signs of backing down from their support for the firing … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 9 Comments

And Now There’s a Blacklist?

Two days ago I posted a piece on this blog that asked, “Is ‘Incivility’ the New Communism?”  In that post I suggested that recent attempts to enforce standards of “civility” … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 4 Comments

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