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The "Invisible Hand of Charles Koch" Is Why This George Mason University Student Left Economics

Connor Gibson | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Connor Gibson

Last fall, when I first arrived at George Mason, I decided to major in economics. Halfway through the semester, I learned about the large amount of money GMU has accepted from Charles Koch and the power such money has given the Charles Koch Foundation at other universities.

Anthropology at the Crossroads

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.04.2016 | College
Paul Stoller

In many West African societies, the crossroads is place of danger. It is where the social and spirit worlds intersect. Among the Songhay people of t...

Targeting the Israeli Academy: Will Anthropologists Have the Courage to Just Say "No"?

Richard A. Shweder | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Richard A. Shweder

The ideals of the modern academy too are fragile and vulnerable. We are witnessing their subordination to a political agenda even as supporters of the boycott movement try to mitigate the horror of their proposals by drawing a distinction between shunning Israeli academic institutions and discriminating against individual Israeli scholars.

Universities, Safe-Spaces, and the Partisan Divide

Chad Williams | Posted 03.18.2016 | College
Chad Williams

The safe-space is a concept I agree with entirely in concept but less so in practice. I firmly believe that students at any university should be able to feel that they are a valued part of the student body and not be subjected to hate speech or excessive insensitivity.

Threats to Academic Freedom in Afghanistan Today, Personal Experience

Sayed Hassan Akhlaq | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
Sayed Hassan Akhlaq

Although the numbers and popularity of academic institutes is growing up, especially in the last decade, academic freedom is dwindling.

To Charles Koch, Professors are Lobbyists

Connor Gibson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Connor Gibson

From 2005-2014, Koch spent $109.7 million on 361 distinct campuses, according to Greenpeace's updated analysis of IRS filings from Koch's nonprofit foundations.

To Charles Koch, Universities Are Propaganda Machines

Connor Gibson | Posted 02.16.2016 | Books
Connor Gibson

This article is the first of two posts examining Charles Koch's campus investments, as reported in Jane Mayer's Dark Money. The first post examines the history, long-term strategy, and true intent of the university "philanthropy" coordinated by Charles Koch.

How College Students Can Promote Free Speech on Their Campus

Azhar Majeed | Posted 01.07.2016 | College
Azhar Majeed

As a new semester gets underway, the good news is that there are a number of ways for students to improve the climate for free speech at their colleges and universities.

Why College Presidents Need to Speak Up

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 12.20.2015 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

A university president should have the advantage of reflecting knowledge, viewpoints and research grounded in long-term scientific investigation, vetted by institutional experts and carefully readied for distribution without the daily pressures of political leverage or media deadlines.

The Prevailing Narrative On Trigger Warnings Is Just Plain Wrong

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.01.2015 | College

Despite the media scare stories, trigger warnings are not widely used by college professors across the country, according to a survey released in full...

Safe From Salaita at Illinois

David Moshman | Posted 11.17.2015 | College
David Moshman

Here's some advice for students who value intellectual safety over intellectual freedom: Check out the University of Illinois, which over the past 15 months has spent over two million dollars to keep the innocent young minds of its students safe from the "anti-Semitic" ideas and "uncivil" expression of Steven Salaita.

Missouri Shreds Academic Freedom

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Missouri's anti-choice legislature, in consistently chipping away at reproductive rights, has taken a decidedly different approach in attacking reproductive health access. Now these same legislative extremists are playing politics with teaching and research at the University of Missouri.

Understanding The Free Speech Issues At Missouri And Yale

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Universities have a deep obligation to protect and preserve the freedom of expression. That is, most fundamentally, at the very core of what makes a university a university. This has not always been true.

GOP Lawmaker Seeks To Block Students From Studying Restrictive Abortion Law

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

A state lawmaker wants to stop a graduate student at the University of Missouri from continuing research for her dissertation on the impact of a 72-ho...

Free Speech is for the Speech You Hate, Not for the Speech You Like

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Dr. Cindi Love

I can relate to the impact of saying what one believes to be true when other people don't want to hear it. That is why I feel alarmed today about the campus-based and society-wide movement toward censorship.

Texas Professors Warn Allowing Guns In Class Will Inhibit Free Speech

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

As a women's and gender studies professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Lisa Moore is often the very first person to expose her students to th...

Every University in the Country Should Adopt the University of Chicago's Academic Freedom Statement

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 09.28.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The statement, which can be adapted to all universities -- not just the University of Chicago -- guarantees "all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn." Most importantly, it makes clear that "it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive."

What One Professor's Travel Ban Says About The UAE's Influence On U.S. Universities

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

Andrew Ross is a tenured professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University who has authored a long list of respected works on debt, lab...

Academic Freedom And The Meaning of Courage

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.25.2015 | College
Geoffrey R. Stone

Most professors in this situation would have patted themselves on the back for having managed to get the article back online and then turned their attention back to their usual work of teaching and scholarship. But Dreger has made a career out of defending academic freedom.

Steven Salaita Finds a Home

Stanley Fish | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Stanley Fish

Steven Salaita is absolutely right to say that the University of Illinois's "actions threaten principles of free speech, academic freedom, and critical thought that should be the foundation of any university." It is just that he and his friends in the boycott community are doing exactly the same thing for the same bad reasons.

LSU Insists Fired Professor Had A History Of 'Verbal Abuse' Against Students

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.02.2015 | College

Louisiana State University issued a statement late Wednesday claiming administrators had to fire a tenured elementary education professor due to a pat...

Professor Fired For Sex Jokes Claims Free Speech

The Huffington Post | Riley Griffin | Posted 07.02.2015 | College

A leading college faculty association is sounding the alarm over the termination of a tenured Louisiana State University professor for using profanity...

Free Speech at Connecticut College

David Moshman | Posted 06.27.2016 | College
David Moshman

In August 2014, Professor Steven Salaita lost a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because his tweets criticizing the ongoing Israeli assault on the Palestinian population of Gaza were deemed uncivil.

Sign Up to Stand Up for Global Academic Freedom

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.26.2016 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Perhaps the greatest threat to academic freedom may be the Department of Education, which has promoted a definition of harassment so broad that cases like Laura Kipnis's are all but inevitable.

Tyler Kingkade

Northwestern Magazine May Close In 'Vetting Committee' Standoff

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.22.2015 | College

A Northwestern University professor who edits a bioethics magazine has shelved the publication over a dispute with administrators, who demand that pub...