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Scholars at Risk Urges Support for Turkish Higher Education

BY KELLY HAND In March the AAUP issued a statement protesting Turkish suppression of academic freedom as the government punished professors who had signed an Academics for Peace petition calling for an end to the military campaign against Kurdish separatists. AAUP vice president and Committee A chair Henry Reichman, coauthor of the statement along with AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum,…

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Update on Academic Freedom in Turkey

BY HANK REICHMAN A few days ago, shortly before the failed coup in Turkey that sought to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, I posted an item to this blog, “Attacks on Academic Freedom Continue in Turkey.”  When word of the coup attempt arrived very soon after my post went up, I quickly…

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We Have Been Too Quiet

BY AARON BARLOW What’s the point of having academic credentials if you can’t use them? Sure, we make them into bludgeons inside the ivory tower, but that’s really just child’s play: the bludgeons do all the real damage of balloons. Only when there is ‘real-world’ application can they have an impact, do they really mean…

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Student Op-Ed on Koch “Gifts”

  This is a letter written by George Mason sophomore Mark Hammond to the George Mason student newspaper, The Fourth Estate. For some reason, that newspaper never published it on its website; so he has given permission to Connor Gibson, a co-founder of the group Un-Koch My Campus, to disseminate it. _________________________ “Last fall, when…

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Don’t Blame the Students

BY HANK REICHMAN Jonathan Cole, professor and former provost at Columbia University, is a distinguished advocate for academic freedom whose work I have long admired.  Last year he and his Columbia colleague, Akeel Bilgrami, edited an important collection of thoughtful essays, Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom?, which I review along with several other titles in…