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Academic Freedom

A University Administrator Who Supported Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 01.14.2013 | College
David Moshman

Sometimes administrators do the right thing. One who supported intellectual freedom on multiple occasions was E. Benjamin Andrews, who was honored November 3 by the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON) at its 25th annual membership meeting.

Making Research Matter: The Academy Versus Real-World Problems

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 11.04.2012 | Education
Patricia Leavy, PhD

The major challenges of our time require researchers across the disciplines along with non-academic stakeholders to bring together their resources in order to address pressing needs and serve the public.

California State Assembly Seeks to Stifle Debate on Israel

Stephen Zunes | Posted 10.30.2012 | College
Stephen Zunes

The California State Assembly has just passed a bipartisan resolution by voice vote which constitutes a serious attack on academic freedom and the rights of students and faculty to raise awareness about human rights abuses by U.S.-backed governments.

Algebra, Zakaria and Lady Gaga

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.20.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

As the Class of 2016 arrives on campus, my thoughts turn to algebra, Zakaria, and Lady Gaga -- shorthand for critical issues facing higher education today: What should our students learn? Will they learn enough about ethics? Who decides?

Sustaining Academic Freedom

Caroline Vanderlip | Posted 09.16.2012 | College
Caroline Vanderlip

Today, our academic freedom is imperiled, ironically, by one of its core tools: Textbooks. Or rather, imperiled by the increasing cost of these important learning materials.

Scientist Who Challenged Environmental Regulation in California Sues UCLA

Adam Kissel | Posted 08.14.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

If there is anywhere we need honest scientists who aren't on a mission to exclude whistleblowers, skeptics, and people with minority opinions, it is the American university.

Ward Churchill in the Journal of Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 08.14.2012 | College
David Moshman

Churchill was fired in 2007 and brought a First Amendment lawsuit that remains in progress. Because his case raises crucial issues of academic freedom, it is important that the conclusions of the Colorado AAUP report be widely disseminated.

Should Creationist Teachers Have Academic Freedom?

David Moshman | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
David Moshman

Academic freedom does not permit a teacher to ignore the approved curriculum or to indoctrinate a captive audience of students in his or her religious or political views, whatever those may be.

University of Michigan's Dubious Deal With Dow Chemical

Carol Polsgrove | Posted 06.20.2012 | Green
Carol Polsgrove

The terms of Dow Chemical's $10 million gift to the University of Michigan ought to raise eyebrows in universities across the country.

Evangelical Universities, Gay Students And Faculty Freedom

Ron Davis | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Ron Davis

The logic of intolerance need only rest on two propositions: "The truth is of infinite value" and "I have the truth." This toxic combination has often led the well-intentioned into acts of oppression.

New 'Monkey Law' Imperils Science In Tennessee

Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.23.2012 | Science
Cara Santa Maria

We live in the 21st century, the century of biotechnology. Without an appropriate understanding of evolution, students will be at a disadvantage in the workforce. And without an understanding of anthropogenic climate change, how can we expect Tennessee children to grow up to become members of an informed electorate?

Boston College, the Belfast Project and the Academy of Betrayal: Protection of Academic Freedom Until It Becomes Inconvenient

Harvey A. Silverglate | Posted 05.23.2012 | College
Harvey A. Silverglate

Over the course of the last year, Boston College has shown immense institutional cowardice and abrogated its responsibility as a protector of academic freedom.

Jane, You Ignorant Slut: Civility, Speech and Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 05.13.2012 | College
David Moshman

We all have a First Amendment right to begin our arguments with some version of "Jane, you ignorant slut." We can't rely on censors to enforce civility. But we needn't say all the terrible things we're allowed to say.

Academic Freedom Wins in Cuccinelli Climate Case

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 05.02.2012 | Science
Shawn Lawrence Otto

In a big win for academic freedom over the forces of creeping authoritarianism, the Virginia Supreme Court today sided with the University of Virginia in its fight against Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's investigation of climate scientist Michael Mann.

Christians, Gays And Academic Freedom (Part II)

David Moshman | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
David Moshman

The two courts agreed that counselor-client interaction is not a forum for free speech but rather reflects a professional relationship subject to the ethical norms of the profession.

Christians, Gays And Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 02.21.2012 | College
David Moshman

The decision of a federal circuit court in Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley is not about either Christians or gays. It's a victory for academic freedom and professional ethics, which are fully consistent with both religious liberty and gay rights.

Occupying Academic Freedom

Patricia McGuire | Posted 01.23.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Higher education is in trouble right now --- and it's not just because of the scandal at Penn State. The real trouble that higher education is in goes to the soul of our existence as institutions supposedly dedicated to the free search for truth.

Canadian Evangelical School Cancels George W. Bush Visit

Will Braun | Posted 12.13.2011 | Religion
Will Braun

After news leaked that Tyndale University College in Toronto was planning an invitation-only fund-raising breakfast with George W. Bush, it only took two days for the Sept. 20 event to be canceled.

Is Constitution Day Unconstitutional?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

The academic debate over what constitutes an "unconstitutional condition" very likely will continue, and Constitution Day perhaps could serve as a debating topic to mark the day.

The Legacy of 9/11 and the War on Intellectuals

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.11.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Ten years after 9/11, for the first time, a plurality of Americans recognizes that US policy in the Middle East played a major role in the attacks. It was not, as George W. Bush famously put it, simply because, "They hate our freedom."

Students Need Teachers With Tenure

David Moshman | Posted 10.31.2011 | Education
David Moshman

In principle, all teachers should have academic freedom regardless of tenure status. But in the real world of education, the exercise of such freedom depends in large part on tenure. Thus students need teachers with tenure.

"Katrina" Plus Six

Harry Shearer | Posted 10.28.2011 | Green
Harry Shearer

What most people think they know is that, post-Katrina, "the levees have been fixed." And that could be said to be true. To get Clintonian for a moment, it all depends on what your definition of "fixed" is.

Black Women Are Not (Rated) Less Attractive!: Independent Analysis of the Add Health Dataset

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 07.23.2011 | Style
Scott Barry Kaufman

The low convergence of ratings finding suggests that in this very large and representative dataset, beauty is mostly in the eye of the beholder. What we are looking at here are simple ratings of attractiveness by interviewers whose tastes differ rather strongly.

When Academic Administrators Lose Their Moral Compass

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2011 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Bill Watts, associate professor of English at Butler University, has just published a compelling and cautionary account of what can happen when univer...

Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and First Amendment Rights of College Faculty

David Moshman | Posted 06.18.2011 | College
David Moshman

We should not be lulled into complacency about the state of academic freedom. At the academic core of teaching and research, intellectual freedom is no longer protected by the First Amendment.