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academic freedom



  • The Decline of Tenure is the Greatest Threat to Higher Education

    by Marc Stein

    While states like Texas threaten tenure politically, in California the instititution is under attack by austerity and attrition; either way, higher education itself is threatened by the abandonment of employment security. 



  • Dan Patrick's Illiberal Attack on Higher Ed

    by Jonathan Marks

    There are good conservative arguments for abolishing faculty tenure; Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick isn't advancing one of them as he seeks to punish political opponents for their ideas.



  • Nationwide, Faculty Fight for Academic Freedom

    by Ellen Schrecker

    "When they act collectively, professors have the power to protect academic freedom and the desire to teach the truth. Let us hope they also have the will."



  • Faculty Facing Targeted Harassment on Campus

    Recent reporting from the American Association of University Professors has traced an uptick in the targeted harassment of faculty members, most often those accused of having a liberal bias and of teaching “controversial” topics. Melissa Harris-Perry talks with faculty who have experienced it. 



  • Russian Academics See "No Future" at Home

    While many Western academics have focused on the danger faced by Ukrainian scholars, it is clear that the domestic politics of Russia are increasingly dangerous for academic freedom as well. 



  • When University Marketing Suppresses Academic Freedom

    by Silke-Maria Weineck

    For 31 years, the University of Michigan has sponsored an academic freedom lecture named for three professors suspended for refusing to cooperate with HUAC. This year, its marketing team did everything it could to conceal the identity of the lecturer: a lawyer who fights the silencing of pro-Palestinian activists.



  • Florida Legislature Seeks Conservative Stamp on Higher Ed

    "National higher-education experts and faculty members in Florida say the legislation is part of an attack on bedrock principles that preserve the academic autonomy of faculty members and institutions."



  • Lessons From the Struggle Against the Old McCarthyism

    by Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin

    For a Texas professor, the Lieutenant Governor's push to abolish tenure and punish faculty for teaching certain ideas calls to mind the experiences of his grandparents in the heyday of McCarthy and HUAC. 



  • What Does it Mean to Teach "Divisive Concepts"?

    by Dale E. Miller

    Insofar as the problem of political indoctrination that new "divisive concepts" laws are ostensibly meant to solve exists at all, the cure may be worse than the disease.



  • The Increasingly Authoritarian War on Tenure

    by Jennifer Ruth

    "Democratic societies build in protections for university faculty so that we are not at the whims of whichever party is currently in power. When Patrick threatens tenure, he threatens those protections," and threatens the partisan control of knowledge in society.


  • The Nazi in the Classroom

    by Gary B. Ostrower

    American student Edward Sittler adopted German citizenship after the outbreak of World War II and became a Nazi propagandist. After the war, his past was revealed to the public and the Long Island college where he had been teaching German, launching a debate about citizenship, loyalty, and the limits of academic freedom.