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  • The Floridian Inquisition

    08/15/2020 4:16:46 PM PDT · by karpov · 6 replies
    Quillette ^ | August 13, 2020 | Samantha Harris
    I’m an attorney representing a professor at the University of Central Florida who is being subjected by the university to what can only be called an inquisition after expressing opinions on Twitter that led to widespread calls for his firing. UCF is a public institution—an instrument of the state—and is now bringing its full power to bear against a man who dared to question the prevailing orthodoxy that has quickly descended over so many of this country’s institutions. I cannot bear witness to what the university is doing to this man without speaking out against it. If we do not...
  • The Princeton Faculty’s Anti-Free-Speech Demands. Some of the signers of a controversial open letter don’t stand behind its most alarming demand.

    08/09/2020 8:07:46 AM PDT · by karpov · 13 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 4, 2020 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Princeton university is consumed from top to bottom with what seems to be the question of the moment: How should it reorder itself to fight racism? The school’s president, Christopher L. Eisgruber, ordered 23 of the institution’s most senior academic and administrative leaders to focus on how to marshal Princeton’s teaching, research, operations, and partnerships in service of “eliminating racism” on and off campus. By August 21, they are to report on what specifically can be done “to identify, understand, and combat” it. The university is also giving $1,500 grants to students who want to fight racism, and has made...
  • Misusing Editorial Power to Censor Unpopular Research

    07/22/2020 12:05:48 PM PDT · by karpov · 4 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 22, 2020 | Russell Warne
    Academic freedom is under assault by people who want to control research and speech. One of their strategies exploits the gatekeeping functions of journal editors to censor unpopular ideas. The leading open-access journal in the field of intelligence research, the Journal of Intelligence, has a policy listed on its website since 2018 that states, “The journal will not publish articles that may lead to or enhance political controversies and the editors will judge whether that is the case.” In other words, the journal’s editors will reject manuscripts that could be politically controversial—regardless of the quality of the science. On May...
  • A Shining Light in Campus Free Speech Suppression

    08/17/2019 7:13:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | August 17, 2019 | Larry Provost
    As Americans, we speak our minds. It’s the quintessential American quality. Freedom of expression is so foundational to our liberty that it is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. We must never take our freedom of speech for granted. Today, 243 years after our nation’s founding, educational institutions, originally created to foster and promote freedom of thought and freedom of conscience, are now actively suppressing first freedoms in the name of political correctness. In a sudden Orwellian twist, students across the country are now discovering that it’s not only acceptable, but morally praiseworthy to use intimidation,...
  • Professors Fight to Save Free Speech on Campus and Academic Freedom in Arkansas

    07/15/2019 3:38:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 12, 2019 | Joshua Silverstein and Robert Steinbuch
    In March 2018, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees adopted new rules that fatally undermine academic freedom. We authored this piece for the Martin Center explaining the damage the amendments would inflict on higher education in the state. Unfortunately, the Board of Trustees ignored our warning, a warning reiterated by numerous other faculty and academic organizations. So earlier this month, three of our colleagues filed a lawsuit that seeks to bar application of the revisions to faculty with tenure or who were on the tenure track at the time the changes were adopted. Should the lawsuit succeed, some of...
  • EDUCATION LIFE When a student mob came for my job, my college did not support me

    03/26/2019 7:35:24 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 46 replies
    Spectator ^ | 3-15-19 | Samuel Abrams
    Students at my college demanded a review of my tenure because of an article I wrote. My fellow faculty members failed to back me up Sarah Lawrence College claims that its mission is to graduate students who are, ‘diverse in every definition of the word.’ Unfortunately, recent events which have been in the national eye, suggest otherwise. And this story involves me. Seizing on an op-ed I wrote for The New York Times a few months ago, in which I questioned the lack of ideological balance of the school’s extracurricular programming, a group of student protesters calling themselves the Diaspora...
  • The McAdams Case Ends in Victory for Contractual Rights and Academic Freedom

    08/08/2018 7:45:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | August 8, 2018 | George Leef
    At last, McAdams v. Marquette University is over, and the outcome is heartening for Americans who cherish free speech and adherence to contracts. Conversely, it has those who believe that speech that ofends any politically correct sensibilities must be punished gnashing their teeth. The Martin Center has been covering this case since it broke nearly four years ago, first with this piece by one of McAdams’ colleagues, Howard Kainz. To briefly recount the facts of the case, Marquette banished from campus and sought to revoke the tenure of a political science professor and terminate his employment merely because of a...
  • China's 'Confucius Institutes' Are Unseemly And Senator Rubio Has A Good Idea For Dealing With Them

    04/09/2018 6:29:00 AM PDT · by 1BadgerStater · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 9, 2018 | 1BadgerStater
    The Chinese government wants to polish its terribly tarnished image and one of the tactics it has been using is to influence the education of American college students. Since 2004, the Chinese have been sponsoring “Confucius Institutes” at colleges and universities around the world that are willing to host them. A Chinese government agency pays for most if not all of the cost of the programs that cover Chinese language, culture and history. Since many students want to learn about China, that seems like a good deal that saves the school money. Read more....
  • Will Universities Embrace Freedom, or Censor Ideas?

    A teacher’s assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada was chastised after she showed a video of two professors from the University of Toronto, Jordan Peterson and Nicholas Matte, debating the use of gender-specific pronouns. She was teaching on that subject in a communications class. The university president has offered an apology. Lindsay Shepherd, the TA in question, was called into a meeting with staff and faculty. She secretly recorded the meeting. She told them, in part: "I don’t see how someone would rationally think it was threatening. I could see how it might challenge their existing ideas. But for...
  • What Campus Conservatives Can Learn From Albert Einstein

    06/12/2017 8:32:19 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 12, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Recently on the academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Hank Reichman ran some thoughts on academic freedom that Albert Einstein delivered more than half a century ago. If Reichman's hope in doing so was to provide comfort to progressives, the ironic effect is that, although that may have been the target audience in the 1950s, modern-day conservatives, particularly in the academy, are more likely to identify with Einsten's observations. "The threat to academic freedom in our time must be seen in the fact that, because of the alleged external danger to our country, freedom of...
  • ‘Martyr to political correctness’ John McAdams to receive Academic Freedom award

    02/23/2017 11:06:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 2-23-17 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Still fighting for his speech and contractual rights two years after Marquette University drove him out of the classroom, Professor John McAdams will receive a top national academic freedom prize Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. McAdams will be awarded the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom for his outspoken criticism of political correctness on college campuses. “Professor McAdams is a fearless defender of free speech and open inquiry, and a martyr to political correctness,” said Richard Graber, president and CEO of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, which supports the Kirkpatrick Award. “His dismissal from Marquette University...
  • WCU: Western Communist University

    03/22/2016 4:49:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | March 22, 2016 | Mike Adams
    The next time a college professor starts lecturing on the importance of a free and open marketplace of ideas beware. He’s probably going to offer a few platitudes before he throws in an awkward “but,” and then shows his true beliefs about free expression. As a general rule, you can ignore everything that comes before the word “but.” It is usually after he utters his first “but” that he really starts to show his ass. At Western Carolina University (WCU) the faculty senate recently showed its true colors on an important issue of academic freedom. They were approached with an...
  • Marquette cuts ties with director of center that hosted cop killer mural

    05/20/2015 8:46:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-20-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — In the wake of a public relations nightmare over a campus mural glorifying a cop killer, Marquette University has cut ties with director of its Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. “Susannah Bartlow is no longer an employee with Marquette University,” said University Spokesman Brian Dorrington told Marquette Wire. “We will work with the Center’s advisory board to search for a new director so that we can continue to grow the important programs in the Center.” Marquette administrators had the mural of black militant Assata Shakur (formerly known as JoAnne Deborah Chesimard) removed Sunday evening, but not until,...
  • Academic Freedom, Conservatively Speaking

    04/10/2015 11:29:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 9, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Believe it or not, it is possible to make a conservative case for academic freedom without mixing opposites. In fact, one of the conservative movement’s sages, Russell Kirk, made the case quite eloquently more than half a century ago. “The principal importance of academic freedom is the opportunity it affords for the highest development of private reason and imagination, the improvement of mind and heart by the apprehension of Truth, whether or not that development is of any immediate use to [society],” Kirk wrote. This put him somewhat at odds with one of the movement’s other great “thought leaders” William...
  • Academic Freedom lost @ Marquette

    02/04/2015 6:39:57 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 3, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As we have reported, a professor at Marquette, John McAdams, was suspended after criticizing a graduate student who said she would not tolerate criticism of gay marriage in her classroom His suspension is drawing criticism from some unlikely quarters. “The sanction you imposed is not just a ‘severe sanction,’” Professor Daniel Maguire, also at Marquette, wrote in a letter to the university’s president that the professor allowed the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to publish. We have noted that the AAUP is also looking into this case and asking some pointed questions of Marquette administrators. “ In almost half...
  • Chronicle of Higher Education: Stop Accrediting Christian Colleges

    08/14/2014 5:53:42 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 20 replies
    An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education argues that accreditation ought to be denied to Christian colleges that require professors to sign statements of faith or otherwise “draw lines around what is regarded as acceptable teaching and research.” This seems like an obvious next step in the current march of secular intolerance, so I expect we’ll be hearing more arguments like this in the future: ** Why does accreditation matter? Aside from the traditional goal of conferring legitimacy on colleges and their programs, accreditation has taken on a far more consequential role: Students attending institutions that are not accredited...
  • Finally! Republicans Get Their Own Carlos Danger In Arizona Schools Boss John Huppenthal

    06/23/2014 6:34:39 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/22/14 | Eric Owens
    Arizona schools superintendent John Huppenthal admitted earlier this week that he has been posting anonymously on a number of political blogs using a handful of pseudonyms. Some of the postings attributed to Huppenthal, a Republican, are inflammatory and impolitic. He called food stamp recipients “lazy pigs,” for example, and equated Margaret Sanger’s promotion of abortion for poor black people to the extermination of Jewish people by the Nazis, reports The Arizona Republic. He also blamed Franklin Roosevelt’s policies during the Great Depression for the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany and suggested that Obama’s policies are similar to Roosevelt’s.
  • Modern-Day Galileo: J. Philippe Rushton (1943-2012)

    10/13/2012 11:41:04 AM PDT · by River Hawk · 21 replies
    Big Think ^ | Oct. 10th, 2012 | Satoshi Kanazawa
    Last week the world of science lost one of its most courageous and brilliant practitioners, and I have lost a dear friend and colleague. On 02 October, J. Philippe Rushton passed away at an infuriatingly young age of 68. I first learned of Phil’s work in 1999 when, as a then member of the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association, I received a complimentary copy of the abridged edition of Race, Evolution and Behavior, which Phil had sent to all 600+ members of the Section at his personal expense. I read it right away, then I purchased and...
  • MK Eldad: The Left Fights Academic Freedom

    07/17/2012 2:35:49 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/7;/12
    MK Aryeh Eldad (Ichud Leumi) has welcomed the decision to recognize Ariel University Center as a university. “This is an excellent academic institution and worthy of its new title,” he said. “Its future is to be a leading research university, and the knowledge that comes forth from it will earn national and international recognition.” He criticized the Israeli left for objecting to the change in status. “The Israel left was not ashamed to fight against academic freedom and excellence in research,” he accused. “But the conv(o)y of settlement continues to move..."
  • Burden of Proof: Why Most American Evangelicals Reject Long-Earth Evolution

    05/11/2012 10:56:54 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 277 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 05/11/2012 | Michael D. Peabody
    [dc]O[/dc]n May 14, noted philanthropist and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is scheduled to give the commencement address at Emory University and receive an honorary degree. But there is a problem. In recent weeks Emory faculty and students have asked the University to disinvite Dr. Carson because he is a critic of evolutionary theory and advocate of creationism. Faculty and staff have written that Dr. Carson’s “great achievements in medicine allow him to be viewed as someone who ‘understands science’” poses a direct threat to science that “rests squarely on the shoulders of evolution.” The anti-Carson letter describes how there is...