Category Archives: Academic Freedom

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Bill Proposes Barring U. of Wisconsin Employees From Working at Planned Parenthood

A new bill in the Wisconsin state legislature proposes banning a partnership that allows University of Wisconsin employees to work at Planned Parenthood, the Associated Press reports. 

The measure targets the university’s arrangement with Planned Parenthood, through which faculty members work part-time at a clinic in Madison. The bill would also prevent university employees from performing abortions or training students at facilities where abortions are performed, besides hospitals.

Since 2008 …

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Purdue’s President Says Free-Speech Policy Forces Him to Defend Faculty Critic

In a message to a Purdue University professor, the institution’s president, Mitch Daniels, criticized the faculty member’s defense of “Antifa” and said the campus’s free-speech policy had forced him to defend the professor, the Journal & Courier reports.

When Mr. Daniels was pressed by Bill Mullen, a professor of English and American studies and a founding member of the Campus Anti-Fascist Network, to further investigate white-supremacist posters found on the campus, the president responded wit…

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Drexel Puts Professor on Leave After Tweet About Las Vegas Draws Conservative Ire

Updated (10/10/2017, 3:20 p.m.) with a statement from The Daily Caller.

Drexel University, a private research institution in Philadelphia, has placed one of its professors, George Ciccariello-Maher, on leave after he received multiple threats in connection with a series of social-media posts about race.

Mr. Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor in the politics and global-studies department, has a history of making controversial statements, including comments he shared about a “white genocide…

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Journal Publisher Says Controversial Essay Did Pass Peer-Review Process

The publisher of Third World Quarterly, a journal of international studies, said on Wednesday that its recent controversial essay, “The Case for Colonialism,” did not fail the peer-review process.

The essay — by Bruce Gilley, a political scientist at Portland State University — argues that “Western colonialism has a bad name.” Its publication prompted 15 scholars to resign from the journal’s 34-member editorial board. Among other sharp criticism of the essay and the journal’s decision to publish…

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Laura Kipnis Says She Faced Another Title IX Investigation, This Time for Her Book

Laura Kipnis, the Northwestern University professor whose Chronicle article titled “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” sparked a chain of events that led to a Title IX investigation of her, faced another inquiry, The New Yorker reports. That one was prompted by the publication of her book Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus, she said.

In her initial essay in The Chronicle, Ms. Kipnis argued that a culture of protection rather than empowerment around sexual issues on campuses was wro…

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After Faculty Outcry, UNC Will Allow Athletics Course to Be Taught Again

Updated (9/19/2017, 8:01 p.m.) with more information about the university’s response to the claim that the course was canceled.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the history course “Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes, 1956 to the Present,” will once again be offered, in the spring semester of 2018. Jay Smith, the professor behind the course and a prominent critic of the administration, was informed last November that the course would be canceled for the fall of 2…

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Evergreen State Will Pay $500,000 to Settle With Professor Who Criticized Handling of Protests

Evergreen State College will pay $500,000 to settle a legal claim by Bret Weinstein, the professor who criticized the Washington college’s handling of protests last spring, and his wife, Heather Heying. Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Heying, both professors at the college, resigned on Friday, and Evergreen State admitted no liability as part of an agreement, reported The Olympian.

In the spring, as students protested what they saw as racism on the campus, Mr. Weinstein appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight,

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Harvard Withdraws Chelsea Manning’s Visiting Fellowship After CIA Chief’s Challenge

Harvard University’s Kennedy School has rescinded a visiting-fellow invitation to Chelsea Manning, according to a statement by Douglas W. Elmendorf, dean of the Kennedy School.

Ms. Manning, a former U.S. Army soldier, was convicted of leaking classified government data. Her prison sentence was later commuted.

After the university announced that Ms. Manning would be a visiting fellow on the campus, Michael Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, canceled his planned appearance at a K…

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Boston-Area Professors Are Arrested in Protest of Trump’s Move Against DACA

Some two dozen professors from Harvard and other universities in the Boston area were arrested on Thursday after they blocked traffic in Cambridge, Mass., to protest the Trump administration’s decision to rescind an Obama-era program that has protected thousands of young people from deportation because of their immigration status, The Harvard Crimson reported. Many of them are college students.

The program, known as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, allowed people who had been brought to th…

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Grand Canyon U. Suspends Professor for Saying Some Black Lives Matter Supporters ‘Should Be Hung’

A professor of theology at Grand Canyon University, a Christian institution, has been suspended after saying some members of the Black Lives Matter movement should be hanged, reports The Arizona Republic.

The professor, Toby Jennings, made the remarks in a September 2016 seminar discussion titled “God’s Concern for the Poor: What’s Missing in Social Justice?” He has since apologized for his comments.

“Particularly, I have inexcusably offended many fellow image bearers of God by my imprudent use …