Why We Have Free Speech on University Campuses, and Why I Will Never Take a Call From the Stanford Review Again

BY DAVID PALUMBO-LIU This essay by Stanford professor David Palumbo-Liu originally was published in the Stanford Daily. As anyone who has carefully read the U.S. Constitution knows, the right to free speech is a negative freedom — it protects us from any attempt by our government to stifle the expression of our ideas. The underlying…

Tracking the Silencing of Science

BY HANK REICHMAN Issued in December, the AAUP’s report, “National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom,” examines politically motivated threats to scientific research, with emphasis on threats to climate science and on the initial actions of the Trump administration.  As one of the authors of this report I learned how daunting, if not…

University of New Hampshire Job Cuts Target Experienced Language Teachers

BY UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LECTURERS UNITED-AAUP Below is a press release issued today by the University of New Hampshire Lecturers United–AAUP.  Contact: Catherine Moran Phone:  401-439-1067 Date: Jan 19, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Durham, NH— Some 160 years of teaching experience will be lost to the University of New Hampshire because of a round…

Online and the Color Line

BY CHRISTOPHER NEWFIELD Christopher Newfield is Professor of English at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  He is the author of several books and many articles on higher education, including most recently The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them.  He serves on the advisory board for Academe. The…

Do School Spending Cuts Matter?

BY HANK REICHMAN The following is the abstract describing a report issued this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, “Do School Spending Cuts Matter? Evidence from the Great Recession,” by C. Kirabo Jackson, Cora Wigger, Heyu Xiong (bold face added): Audits of public school budgets routinely find evidence of waste. Also, recent evidence…

Hazelwood Day of Action: Thirty Years is Too Many

BY HANK REICHMAN January 2018 marks thirty years since the Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.  On Wednesday, January 31, the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) will sponsor the first Hazelwood Day of Action — “a day to raise awareness about the Hazelwood decision, publicize its destructive legacy for student…