Monday, August 28, 2017

The Antifa Academic

The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Nell Gluckman
August 24, 2017

Since the 2016 election, the rise of the so-called alt-right has drawn another fringe groups onto the college campus and into the public consciousness: antifa, a contraction of the word "anti-facist."

Antifa members violently protested Milo Yiannopoulos's speeches, prompting the University of California at Berkeley to cancel an event scheduled on that campus in February.  They were at a white-supremacist rally that began on August 11 at the University of Virginia and that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va., the following day.

Read the full interview at The Chronicle of Higher Education website here.

Texas Colleges Brave Harvey

Inside Higher Ed
By Nick Roll
August 28, 2017

Tropical Storm Harvey continued to pummel southeast Texas on Sunday after downgrading from hurricane status, as flooding progressed, the death toll rose to five in Houston and calls were put out by authorities to coordinate with boat-owning citizens for rescue operations.

For colleges in the area, from Corpus Christi to Beaumont, the storm caused delays and evacuations, although they seemed to largely escape any serious damage.  Photos posted to social media by those on the ground showed flooding at the University of Houston, as some parts of the city and surrounding area saw residents taking to their roofs to stay out of the water.

Read the full article at the Inside Higher Ed website here.

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Contract, 13 Years After Forming Faculty Union

Inside Higher Ed
By Colleen Flaherty
August 25, 2017

Thirteen years after voting to form a union, about 140 full-time faculty members at Point Park University have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with their administration, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported.  Neither Communications Workers of America, which represents the faculty members, nor the administration has released details of the contract, which will be voted on Friday.  But it represents more than a decade's worth of back-and-forth between professors and the university, which argued full-time faculty members at private institutions are managers and therefore not entitled to collective bargaining by legal precedent.

Read the full article at the Inside Higher Ed website here.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

AAUP Statement Regarding Charlottesville

AAUP National
August 14, 2017

The following statement was issued by the American Association of University Professors president Rudy Fichtenbaum and AAUP first vice president Henry Reichman following the events in Charlottesville, Vrginia over the weekend.

"Our hearts broke this weekend as we watched the expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and hatred on the University of Virginia campus result in violence.  We are especially saddened by the death of one activist and the wounding of others.  Expression of racism and hatred paired with violent actions are not new in our country.  Our history shows that marchers armed with guns and sticks, carrying shields and torches, and chanting Nazi slogans have but one purpose: to strike fear and terror in the hearts of people of color, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, and all who believe in a more inclusive America.

Read the full statement at the AAUP website here.

Monday, August 14, 2017

White Nationalists Rally at University of Virginia

Inside Higher Ed
By Scott Jaschik
August 14, 2017

Hundreds of white nationalists marched and rallied at the University of Virginia Friday night.  They carried torches and chanted, "You will not replace us and "Jews will not replace us."  They also chanted "blood and soil," a Nazi slogan.

A major rally by various white nationalist groups -- under the name "Unite the Right" -- had been planned for Charlottesville Saturday.  The city is progressive and not at all a center of white nationalism.  But various groups have made Charlottesville a target because the city plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a local park.  The Klu Klux Klan and supporters rallied in the city in July, causing concern at the university, but Friday night's march was on campus and ended at the Rotunda, a hollowed space at the university.

Read the full article at the Inside Higher Ed website here.

UVA Responds to Mayhem at White Nationalists' Rally

Academe Blog
Posted by Martin Kich
August 12, 2017

The following are four statements issued by the University of Virginia and President Theresa A. Sullivan over the last 36 hours.  They are presented from the most recent to the least recent, and they are followed by news updates.

President Sullivan Condemns Demonstration Violence

As events have unfolded on Grounds and in Charlottesville during this weekend's alt-right rally, the University and President Theresa A. Sullivan have distributed a number of messages.  Please find them below.

Read the full post at the Academe Blog here.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

AAUP Responds to DOJ Affirmative Action Initiative

AAUP National
August 2, 2017

The following statement was issued by Hank Reichman, first vice president of the American Association of University Professors, in response to news that the Justice Department will redirect resources to investigating and possibly litigating affirmative action cases in college admissions.

"The American Association of University Professors is deeply troubled by yesterday's announcement that the US Department of Justice will redirect resources toward investigating and potentially filing suit against colleges and universities deemed to discriminate against white applicants.  While the department does not explicitly mention affirmative action, it is clear that the effort-to be directed, it appears, by political appointees rather than career attorneys in the Office of Educational Opportunity- will target programs that offer opportunities to members of historically disadvantaged groups.  That such programs remain necessary is demonstrated by Department of Education data showing the gap in college enrollment between blacks and whites did not change measurably between 2003 and 2013.

Read the full article at the national AAUP website here.

Guidance on Border Searchers

AAUP National
August 1, 2017

The AAUP released a new document with responses to frquently asked questions about inspections of electronic devices by US border patrol officers.  Faculty members who travel internationally should be aware of their rights and obligations, whether they are citizens or noncitizens.  Due to the "border search exception" to the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, your rights with respect to searches and seizures by the government are different at borders than they are elsewhere.  You can find the FAQs here.

Read the full article at the national AAUP website here.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Racist Who Pioneered Right-to-Work Laws

Labor Notes
By Michael Pierce
August 3, 2017

As right-to-work laws proliferate, it's worth remembering that they originated as a means to maintain Jim Crow labor relations in the South and to beat back what was seen as a Jewish conspiracy.

No one was more important in placing right-to-work on the conservative political agenda than Vance Muse of the Christian American Association, a larger-than-life Texan whose own grandson described him as "a white supremacist, an anti-Semite, and a Communist-baiter, a man who beat on labor unions not on behalf of working people, as he said, but because he was paid to do so."

Read the full article at the Labor Notes website here.

Nissan dispute could go down as most vicious anti-union crusade in decades

The Guardian
By Bernie Sanders
August 3, 2017

A few months before the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Dr Martin Luther King Jr wrote in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail: "We know from painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

This week, thousands of courageous workers at a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, are doing just that.  They are voting for the right to join a union, the right to make a living wage and the right to job security and pensions.  And they are doing so by connecting workers' rights with civil rights, as the plant's workforce is over 80% African American.

Read the full article at The Guardian's website here.