Historians Speak on Confederate Monuments

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN The following is the text of a statement issued August 28 by the Council of the American Historical Association.  The AHA is also compiling an ongoing bibliography of the diverse perspectives of AHA members. The American Historical Association welcomes the emerging national debate about Confederate monuments. Much of this public statuary…

President Rudy Fichtenbaum’s Remarks at the 2017 Annual Meeting

  I believe that this is the 5th time that I have had the honor of addressing this body in my capacity as President of the AAUP. Let me start by thanking our wonderful staff. Without their hard work and dedication to our cause, we would cease to exist. While I cannot name and thank…

Women’s History Month

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH   Some links to resources of possible interest: Women’s History Month; National Women’s History Project; New York Times Learning Network: Celebrate Women’s History Month; Smithsonian Education: Women’s History Teaching Resources; Science NetLinks: Women’s History Month; National Education Association: Women’s History Month in the Classroom;   Like 0

The More Things Change…

POSTED BY JOERG TIEDE The following resolution was adopted by the Fifty-seventh Annual Meeting of the American Association of University Professors on April 17, 1971. Misconceptions of tenure are commonplace. For many groups and individuals tenure has become a conveniently simple explanation for what they perceive as a variety of educational ills. Tenure is not the…

Can We Build a New Jefferson?

BY AARON BARLOW Teaching the Alien and Sedition Acts to my journalism students the other day, I concentrated on this passage: The vituperative quality of the opposition press began to worry even the Federalists more and more, especially President Adams (even though the Federalist press was doing pretty much the same thing). A touchy and…

On Faculty Solidarity

BY JOERG TIEDE If teachers do not stand fighting in the front rank for freedom of intelligence, the cause of the latter is well-nigh hopeless, and we are in for that period of intimidation, oppression, and suppression that goes, and goes rightly, by the name of Fascism and Nazi-ism. — John Dewey, 1935 The American Association of…

A. J. Carlson and "Alternative Facts"

BY HANS-JOERG TIEDE Anton Julius Carlson served as AAUP president from 1936 to 1938. He was once described by another former AAUP president as the Association’s “war horse” of that period of time, serving on Committee B on Freedom of Speech and on a total of four investigative committees between 1930 and 1941. Carlson chaired the famous…

United States of America Frees Oral History

BY ZACHARY M. SCHRAG This is a cross-post of a blog post by Zachary M. Schrag, who published it on his Institutional Review Blog. Schrag, a professor of history at George Mason University, was one of the authors of a 2013 report by a subcommittee of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Regulation of…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks to Our Time

BY HANK REICHMAN On this, perhaps the most meaningful Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial holiday ever, it is appropriate to turn to King’s words for inspiration.  Frequently cited, of course, is his last “I have seen the mountaintop” speech, delivered in Memphis just before his assassination.  Less frequently quoted is his remarkable speech at the…