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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-h...

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 t...

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 deb...

Columbia Cites Free Speech In Defense Of Allowing Mattress Protest

AP | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.29.2015 | College

NEW YORK (AP) -- Citing the importance of the First Amendment, Columbia University asked a judge Friday to reject a student's lawsuit alleging the sc...

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 07.09.2015 | 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 ...

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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.26.2015 | 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 | 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...

Zionist Organization Fails to Censor Columbia University Workshop on Israel/Palestine

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 06.22.2015 | College
The Center for Constitutional Rights

The ZOA's claims are not only meritless, but are intolerable intrusions on academic freedom that chill learning and undermine the purpose of the HEA. Fortunately, this time, academic freedom won the day.

Tyler Kingkade

Faculty Magazine Censored Over Article About Nurse Blow Job | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.17.2015 | College

Digital issues of an annual magazine published by Northwestern University's Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program are now back online after school ...

Academic Group Condemns University's Handling Of Professor's Tweets

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 06.15.2015 | College

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- A leading academic group voted Saturday to censure the University of Illinois' flagship campus over its decision not to hire a...

Outraged UW-Madison Faculty Call For Full-Court Press On Tenure

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted 06.10.2015 | College

University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members upset about what they consider to be a coordinated political assault on the UW System spent nearly tw...

I'm A Professor. My Colleagues Who Let Their Students Dictate What They Teach Are Cowards

Vox | Posted 06.10.2015 | College

When I read about professors being afraid of their own students and changing what they teach in response to that fear, I'm struck by two things. First...

Making Sense of Today's Cuban Economy: Promises in the Making

Jose Gabilondo | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Jose Gabilondo

The exact path remains uncertain, but Cuba's economy is on the move. Bright-eyed capitalists have been thumping their tails since President Obama gave the nod last December to restoring diplomatic relations, but the island's economic model was already in flux.

Academic Freedom Under Siege

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Geoffrey R. Stone

Six weeks ago, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro wrote a fine op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he offered a ringing endorsement of academic freedom. It is therefore both surprising and disappointing that Northwestern University recently found itself embroiled in two embarrassing violations of the core principles of academic freedom.

Free Speech at Duke

David Moshman | Posted 05.22.2015 | College
David Moshman

Faculty should be hired and evaluated on the basis of their teaching, research, and professional service, and should be free to speak as citizens and persons without fear for their jobs.

Pakistan's Educated Jihadis

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Why would a graduate from the country's best business school, which has produced a president and a prime minister for Pakistan, become a terrorist? This should not completely shock us. It should instead redirect our attention toward one aspect of the jihadist movements that the government officials, policymakers and academics do not normally talk about.