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Victory for Free Speech in Iowa as Assault on Unions Intensifies

BY HANK REICHMAN Iowa State University has lost an appeal in a federal free speech lawsuit that affirms student rights regardless of political viewpoint, the Des Moines Register reports.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled February 13 that school administrators, including President Steven Leath, violated the First Amendment rights of two…

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Support Imprisoned Turkish Scholars

BY HANK REICHMAN In November I posted to this blog the text of a letter from an imprisoned Turkish scholar, Dr. Sedat Laçiner,.  The following is the text of a blog post written by Dr. Laçiner, shortly before his imprisonment: Opponent or Terrorist? Dramatically Changing Nature of Turkish Democracy Sedat Laciner In advanced democracies, the…

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Dissent at Berkeley

BY MICHAEL MERANZE The following post by UCLA history professor Michael Meranze  is reposted by permission from the Remaking the University blog that he runs along with UC Santa Barbara professor Christopher Newfield.   I have offered my own view of the Milo controversy at Berkeley in “On Milo’s Right to Speak.” The turmoil surrounding Milo…

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‘The Great Shame of Our Profession’

BY AARON BARLOW Kevin Birmingham, who teaches at Harvard as an adjunct, gave a talk last October on accepting the Truman Capote Award. It is reprinted  in The Chronicle of Higher Education and I’d recommend that each of us who is tenured or on the tenure track read it. Birmingham writes: I sometimes wonder when the ripples widened…