Peter Wood’s Call for a Blacklist

BY JOHN K. WILSON At Minding the Campus, Peter Wood’s essay about “The Case for Colonialism” article argues this: “And perhaps we should not forget the names of those thousands who signed the petitions.  It might be a good exercise for deans and provosts who have received from academic search committee recommendations to appoint candidates…

The Real “Snowflakes”

BY HANK REICHMAN I thought I might write something in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ speech this week at Georgetown University, but then I read Dahlia Lithwick’s take, “The Eggshell Attorney General,” and figured I had little to add.  Here are her first three paragraphs, but the entire piece is worth reading: Almost every…

Using Free Speech to Stifle Free Speech

BY DAVID MOSHMAN People often use their freedom of speech to disrupt the speech of others, especially on college campuses in recent years. Of course people have a right to protest, provided they are sufficiently quiet, brief, or distant so as not to prevent the speaker from being heard. On August 25, University of Nebraska–Lincoln…

New Volume of the Journal of Academic Freedom

POSTED BY KELLY HAND We are pleased to announce the publication of Volume 8 of the AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom. The journal features recent scholarship on academic freedom and its relation to shared governance, tenure, and collective bargaining. Highlights from the volume include an article by Andrew Ross on academic labor and human rights at…

Why Banning Speakers Is Absolutely Wrong

BY JOHN K. WILSON Milo Yiannopoulos’ much-hyped Free Speech Week at Berkeley has disappeared, not with a bang but with a whimper. The whimper came yesterday when Milo made a brief appearance on Sproul Plaza, where he sang the Star-Spangled Banner (without kneeling) and left about 30 minutes later. Berkeley spent an estimated $800,000 on…