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Academic Freedom

Social Media Freedom on Campus in an Age of Marketing

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 11.09.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Social media campus policies frequently turn concerns of academic administrators into free speech restrictions. Even at public universities -- from the University of Kansas (KU) to Northern Illinois University (NIU) -- such policies create boundaries and a chill on the marketplace of expression.

Plugging Iran's 'Brain Drain'

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 11.04.2014 | Home
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

It is no secret that Iran has a "brain drain" problem; it has been recognized by top Iranian authorities including Iran's Minister of Science and Technology Reza Faraji Dana, who noted, "Every year, about 150,000 of our elite emigrate from Iran, costing our economy $150 billion."

Academic Freedom at the University of Illinois

David Moshman | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
David Moshman

I hope there will be justice for Professor Salaita, but we must distinguish his First Amendment right to free speech from the more general question of academic freedom.

A Meditation on Violent Language: Professor's Impassioned Tweets vs The University Memo

Lennard Davis | Posted 10.30.2014 | College
Lennard Davis

Chancellor Phyllis Wise's letter to the campus was a prime example of violent language -- all the more violent because of its calm, rational, removed tone. This is the kind of bureaucratic language that has the power to do much more harm than an angry expletive posted about a war.

Salaita v. University of Illinois: The Constitutional Issues

Brian Leiter | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

Now that the University of Illinois has affirmed its illegal decision to revoke the offer of a tenured position to Prof. Steven Salaita, I want to here explore in some more detail the constitutional issues at stake in the litigation that is likely to follow.

University of Illinois Repeals the First Amendment for Its Faculty

Brian Leiter | Posted 10.23.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

It is not an exaggeration to say that the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees have now declared that the First Amendment does not apply to any tenured faculty at the University of Illinois.

Still Correct to Not Hire Anti-Israel Prof

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 10.12.2014 | College
Nathaniel Zelinsky

Yesterday, Stanford professor David Palumbo-Liu wrote a response to my piece, in which he claims that I am either willfully ignorant or distort facts. Readers can sort much of this controversy for themselves. However, I would like to briefly address several of Palumbo-Liu's assertions.

A Reply to Nathaniel Zelinsky: 'Anti-Israel' Professor Shouldn't Have Been Fired

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 10.11.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

Critics of UIUC's action do so not to defend someone critical of Israel -- it is to defend all scholars against the capricious will of administrators to deny employment to faculty who hold unpopular beliefs.

How Westminster Theological Seminary Came to Define Fundamentalism for Me

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Would you be surprised to learn that a tenured professor of the Old Testament is the center of controversy at a Christian seminary? What if I said he's "retiring" by action of the school's board--another way of saying "terminated," according to a former department chair? No? I didn't think so.

International Scholars Lend Support to Dissident Scholars in Israel

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

Today, as we watch the number of Palestinians who have been killed rise well above 500. Academics in the United States and Europe have been speaking out on the killings, writing opinion pieces and blogs, signing any number of petitions. But in Israel dissent is clearly much more difficult, and dangerous, to express.

Is 'Christian College' an Oxymoron?

Steven Conn | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Steven Conn

Academic freedom isn't being restricted at Christian colleges, because none of those places acknowledges academic freedom as the core principle of higher education in the first place.

Denying Visas to Cuban Scholars Cripples Obama's Policy of Engagement

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

Despite the stalemate in relations between the U.S. and Cuban governments, President Barack Obama deserves credit for deepening relations between the ...

Commencement Speakers, Academic Freedom and the Pursuit of Excellence

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Intellectual growth necessitates becoming exposed to differing ideas and world views -- even if they threaten our core values and beliefs. To do less is to relinquish academic freedom in favor of social conformity.

Brown Out

Maxwell Kennedy | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Maxwell Kennedy

I received an email this afternoon from Christina Paxson, the President of Brown University explaining that she would not comment about why Brown allowed a rapist to return to college after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a female student.

The Line Between Academic Freedom and Hate Speech

Erol Yayboke | Posted 06.15.2014 | Impact
Erol Yayboke

Differing opinions and the academic freedom to discuss them constitute the backbone of any university. But if anyone should know about the impact hate has on people, it is Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Boycotting Israel's Universities Is Wrong

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.13.2014 | College
Carlo Strenger

For academic institutions everywhere, shutting off open discussion runs counter to the very foundations of academic life.

Academic Boycotts and Counterboycotts

David Moshman | Posted 04.30.2014 | College
David Moshman

Many individuals and organizations have strongly opposed academic boycotts of Israel. Some have opposed all academic boycotts. Academic boycotts, they argue, violate the academic freedom of their academic targets. But are academic boycotts always wrong? Consider some recent examples.

Turkey Is Going Back to the Old Days

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 04.13.2014 | Media
Arzu Kaya Uranli

It seems that Turkey is confidently on its way to becoming a member of the "freedom league" --- with such players as China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and North Korea, where freedom of speech and human rights are secondary issues.

Hijacking American Academia

Walter Reich | Posted 03.10.2014 | Home
Walter Reich

An American academic organization is poised to begin sweeping a respected segment of American academia into the dustbin of intellectual and moral irrelevancy.

Dear Mr. President: In Response to Responses to the ASA Boycott

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 03.01.2014 | College
David Palumbo-Liu

That the resolution has been so condemned by some without an understanding of these basic facts, upon which supporters voted for it, is regrettable and only shows the more the power of the prejudices to which even very smart people might be susceptible.

The Academic Boycott of Israel: A Well-Intentioned Bad Idea

Howard Schweber | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

For the ASA to declare a kind of academic war on Israeli academics and universities is to attack the people who are fighting for freedom of expression on the front lines.

Why I Am Opposed to an Academic Boycott of Israel

Mark Rice | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Mark Rice

After more than a week of intensive discussion among a group of people I respect, the National Council of the ASA endorsed a call for an academic boycott of Israel.

PR Twitter Classroom, Social Media and Academic Freedom

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 02.04.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

When faculty go online and communicate with students -- their students and those from other campuses -- broadening social networks constitute professional communities.

Christian Football in Nebraska

David Moshman | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
David Moshman

Contrary to Coach Brown's expansive claims about the rights of professors, UNL faculty do not have a right to indoctrinate students in their religious (or anti-religious) views. Faculty are hired to teach and do research in philosophy, chemistry, engineering, and other subjects, and this is what they do.

Jon Ward

Mitch Daniels: I'm 'More Devoted To Academic Freedom' Than Critics In Howard Zinn Controversy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said Wednesday that when he ordered state education officials in 2010 to make sure Howard Zinn's h...