The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 13th, 2014
The last few academic years have brought a wave of new threats to
academic freedom, arising both from controversies fanned by social media
and from pressure on state lawmakers to restrict speech at public
colleges, members of the American Association of University Professors
were told here on Thursday at the group’s annual conference.
Both Henry F. Reichman, who is chairman of the AAUP’s Committee A on
Academic Freedom, and top officials of the Foundation for Individual
Rights in Education, a free-speech advocacy group known as FIRE,
described a host of recent efforts to punish colleges’ faculty members
for controversial statements or to limit what faculty members can say.