Thursday, June 19, 2014

AAUP Members Are Warned of Growing Threats to Academic Freedom

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.

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