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Category Archives: academic freedom

What if You Were Saida Grundy and the Tweets Weren’t Actually Yours?

It may sound very far-fetched, but unfortunately it is not as far-fetched as you might assume. Today the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a story on Noel Ignatiev, a faculty … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Epistemic injustice in the academy: an analysis of the Saida Grundy witch-hunt

Guest blogger Arianne Shahvisi is an assistant professor of philosophy at the American University of Beirut, and has recently written commentary for the New Statesman, Jacobin, Open Democracy, and Truthout, centered … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 16 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

Why Salaita Was “Un-Hired”: The Missing Facts in the AAUP and CAFT Reports

By Andrew Scheinman A few weeks ago, the AAUP released its Report on the Steven Salaita affair at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), in which it concluded that UIUC … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 17 Comments

Update on the Case of Professor Stephen F. Cohen

On January 30, I posted an item to this blog under the title “The Troubling Case of Professor Stephen Cohen and the American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.”  … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

AAUP Investigation Report: Felician College

From the Conclusions of the report, “Academic Freedom and Tenure: Felician College (New Jersey)”, May, 2015: In terminating the appointments of sixteen fulltime faculty members, seven of whom sought the … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Saida Grundy’s Tweets: The Institutional Response

What follows is an open letter from the President Robert A. Brown of Boston University in response to the controversy surrounding “anti-White” tweets made by incoming assistant professor of African-American … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

Chomsky on Neoliberalism, Exploitation and the Decline of U.S. Higher Ed

The following is an edited transcript of remarks given by Noam Chomsky via Skype on 4 February 2014 to members of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

My Visit with the Illinois Conference

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of joining the leadership and some members of the Illinois Conference at their annual meeting in Chicago. I had previously met several of … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

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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