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Brakemen, Professors, and a “Job for Life”

Among other things, I am (or have been) an historian of railroad labor, so I was especially thrilled to learn that University of Wisconsin-Madison labor historian William P. Jones had joined the conversation around the assault on tenure in the Wisconsin system.  Professor Jones, by the way, will be the plenary banquet speaker at AAUP’s…

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Honoring (and Welcoming) Juan Gonzalez

BY HANK REICHMAN Last week two-time Polk award-winner Juan Gonzalez wrote his final column for the New York Daily News, where he worked for 29 years. A former national President and one of the founders of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Juan will continue as co-host of the popular independent global news show Democracy…

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AAUP Leaders Speak on the “Athletics Arms Race”

Howard Bunsis, Chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress, and David Hughes, President of the Rutgers University AAUP-AFT, discussed college and university sports spending and priorities on an episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, to be aired tonight. Here is a segment with Howard Bunsis: And here’s a link to the trailer featuring…

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Academic Freedom Events Coming Up

Here’s a roundup of AAUP events and other academic freedom and higher education-related conferences coming up this year. Feel free to add any events in the comments. Tomorrow is the Illinois AAUP Annual Meeting, Sat. April 16, 9:15am-4pm, Dominican University, Priory Campus, 7200 Division Street, River Forest, Illinois, featuring AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum, plus sessions…

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The AAUP Report on Title IX

JOHN K. WILSON The AAUP recently issued a draft report on “The History, Uses, and Abuses of Title IX” and requested comments that are due today, April 15 (send comments to titleIX@aaup.org). I’ve been putting off my response because I feared that I would have to write a lengthy critique. But it turns out the…

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WMU-AAUP on State Divestment From Higher Education

The following comments were delivered to the Western Michigan University (WMU) Board of Trustees on March 23 by WMU-AAUP President and AAUP national Council member Lisa Minnick.  They are reposted from the WMU-AAUP blog. One thing everyone in this room has in common is our shared investment in higher education as a public good. We…

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On Disloyalty

In 1927, Professor Louis R. Gottschalk resigned his position at the University of Louisville to protest the dismissal of his colleague Rolf Johannesen. Simultaneously with his resignation, Gottschalk wrote to the AAUP to request an investigation of Johannesen’s dismissal. The newly-installed president, George Colvin, justified the dismissal by citing Johannesen’s reluctance to sign the one-year…

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We Need YOU to Complete Our Survey!

BY KELLY HAND Two weeks ago, we asked Academe Blog readers to share their thoughts about the blog by completing a short survey. We know from our stats that thousands of you are reading the blog each week, but we want to know more about you and your interests. Thanks to all of you who completed the…