Western Michigan Student Facing Execution in Saudi Arabia: Join the Protest

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN The following was posted on the blog of the Western Michigan University AAUP chapter: We join our colleagues at AFT-Michigan, along with our AFT-affiliated colleagues here at WMU, the Professional Instructors Organization (PIO) and Teaching Assistants Union (TAU), in condemning in the strongest possible terms the death sentence of admitted WMU student Mujtaba’a…

AUDIO: Resistance Round Table on Academic Freedom

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN On July 8 I was interviewed on “Resistance Round Table,” a weekly radio broadcast on WPKN in Bridgeport, Connecticut, by AAUP member Ruthanne Baumgartner and Richard Hill.  We discussed current issues in academic freedom and free expression on campus.  To listen to the half-hour interview go to this link: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/190984 A…

The College Library: Old School or Cutting Edge?

College Library: Old School or Cutting Edge?

BY BRIAN C. MITCHELL As colleges lay out their strategies to become more sustainable over the long term, there are uncertainties that can dramatically affect their abilities to do so. Some are programmatic, based upon unpredictable market conditions. Others rely on personnel decisions that shape an institution’s ability to be both flexible and creative. A…

Victory at Trinity

BY HANS-JOERG TIEDE In a victory for academic freedom, the administration of Trinity College in Connecticut acknowledged today that Professor Johnny Williams’s social media posts “were protected by academic freedom and did not violate Trinity College policies.” The administration’s statement observed that “Our understanding of academic freedom in America today is rooted largely in a…