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FAQ’s for Faculty in the Wake of the 2016 Election

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN The following document was prepared and released jointly by the AAUP and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).  It may be accessed in .pdf format at https://www.aaup.org/news/faqs-faculty-after-2016-election Recently, the United States has experienced an unprecedented spike in hate crimes and threats, both physical and verbal, on college and university campuses. These…

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The Watched: First Person Accounts

BY JOERG TIEDE The recent creation of the Professor Watchlist was met by a number of responses. Among those is the open letter circulated by the AAUP, inviting faculty to stand in solidarity with their colleagues and add their names to the Professor Watchlist. As of this posting, almost 12,000 individuals have signed on. In addition to shows of…

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My Favorite Posts of 2016

BY HANK REICHMAN Slowed down a bit by a lingering cold, and reflecting a bit on the past year, I decided to go back and review my various posts to this blog over the past 365 days.  Some of the 229 items I posted to this blog were largely ephemeral; others simply reposts of items…

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Stand with us in 2017

BY RUDY FICHTENBAUM Rudy Fichtenbaum is AAUP president. As the year draws to a close, here’s a look at what the AAUP has done in 2016 and at what the new year may hold for us. (Not a member yet? Join us!) In 2016, we improved conditions for academic freedom and shared governance. We worked…

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At Some Point, Irony and Hypocrisy Become Indistinguishable

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH The following is from the Daily Kos’s daily newsletter Elections Digest for Saturday, December 10; this edition of the newsletter is subtitled “Voting Rights Roundup”: “Michigan: Without warning last week, Michigan Republicans began talking about introducing a strict voter ID law, and now the state House has passed the measure over Democratic opposition. Odds…

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More on the Oakland Fire Tragedy

BY HANK REICHMAN Yesterday I posted to this blog “The Oakland Fire Tragedy and Higher Education,” in which I tried to describe some of the economic factors that have compelled so many young artists and others in the Bay Area to live in often illegally converted warehouses and similar spaces while authorities turned a blind…