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Category Archives: centennial

Please Steal This Idea. (I Did.)

Hank Reichman, the First Vice-President of AAUP and a frequent contributor to this blog, is marking his retirement by teaching a seminar on the history of academic freedom in the … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · 5 Comments

“To Make Collective Action Possible”: The Founding of the AAUP

Among the articles in this year’s edition of the Journal of Academic Freedom is one I wrote on the history of the founding of the AAUP. Since I am not … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Why the Salaita Firing Violates University of Illinois Statutes

Most of the debate about why the firing of Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois was wrong has centered on three areas: contract law (he already had an effective … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 22 Comments

So Everything That We Have Read and Heard Is Wrong?

Writing for the New York Times (June 24, 2014), in a column titled “The Reality of Student Debt Is Different than the Cliches,” David Leonhardt reviews a recent study released … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

“They May be Flying Machine Advocates”

The American conception of academic freedom arose with the Progressive Era in the 1890s primarily because of social scientists who advocated for reforms that negatively affected financial interests. The press – muckrakers and … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

The 1920 Governance Committee Survey

Before 1915, AAUP founders Arthur Lovejoy and James McKeen Cattell stressed the need for significant reform of the traditional mode of governance prevalent in US higher education. Both proposed to have the president … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Guido Marx and “The Problem of the Assistant Professor”

(Courtesy of Stanford University Archives) Stanford engineering professor Guido Marx (1871-1949) was a member of the committee that organized the founding meeting of the AAUP. Between 1915 and 1919, he … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Mecklin Case

(John M. Mecklin, ca. 1940, Courtesy of Dartmouth College Library) That the AAUP made academic freedom its early focus, which happened largely by accident rather than design, was due to … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 6 Comments

H.W. Tyler

Much of the credit for the survival and success of the early AAUP belongs to its long-serving secretary, the MIT mathematician Harry Walter Tyler (1863-1938). Tyler served as secretary from 1916 … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 6 Comments

James McKeen Cattell

  One of the less-frequently mentioned founders of the AAUP is Columbia University psychologist James McKeen Cattell (1860-1944). Cattell was perhaps the most prominent academic gadfly of his time. He … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 4 Comments
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