Academic Freedom

Academic freedom cited as stumbling block in talks between colleges and striking faculty

It's a no-cost issue and comes down to ‘who should make decisions in a classroom’ on materials and who passes or fails.

Education

UBC shelves new freedom of expression statement

The University of British Columbia has shelved a draft of a new statement on freedom of expression that professors argued was necessary to provide boundaries amid a wave of controversies at Canadian universities about how conflicts over speech and discrimination are addressed.<p>A working group of …

Civil Rights

College faculty strike heads into Week 5 as faculty get ready to vote on management offer

As the strike by college faculty across Ontario heads into its fifth week, both sides in the bitter dispute are ramping up their campaigns to win …

Canadian News

Vote that could end Ontario’s college strike starts on Tuesday

The strike that has cancelled classes for hundreds of thousands of college students for four weeks will last at least another as a forced-contract …

Canadian News

Academic Freedom in the Era of Trump

By Sunaina Maira, author of Boycott! The Academy and Justice for Palestine This guest post is part of the ASA blog series published in conjunction …

Palestine

Cambridge crackdown on Palestine event part of ‘worrying trend’

Special<p>| <b>Published —</b> Friday 10 November 2017<p>Demonstrators marching for Palestine solidarity are joined by a pro-Israeli group as they head towards …

Palestine

Universities Minister Must Stand Up For Academic Freedom Now Under Threat Fom Government Whip

Last week we learned that Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris sent all Vice-Chancellors a letter requesting they send him a list of lectures on European …

Higher Education

Why is academic freedom prolonging the Ontario college strike?

This morning, I had the opportunity to talk with CBC radio morning shows about academic freedom: what is it and why is it important to professors. …

Education

Free the campus

Silencing speakers on campus reflects a broader tightening of academic freedom in general. Universities should be places where there is a free …

Opinion

N.Y.U. Journalism Faculty Boycotts Abu Dhabi Campus

Journalism professors at New York University are refusing to teach at the school’s Abu Dhabi campus, after officials in the United Arab Emirates denied a faculty member a visa to teach there. That denial is a risk to academic freedom and the university’s administration has failed to speak out …

Abu Dhabi

Top Academic Publisher Kowtows To China: Censors Thousands Of Papers, Denies It Is Censorship

It's no secret that the Chinese authorities wish to have control over every aspect of life in China, including what people say and do online. Here …

China

Ontario College Educators Are on Strike for Their Students

There’s enormous agreement among Ontarians when it comes to the issue of a college education. A 2014 poll by Vector Research found that, when asked …

Higher Education

Science organizations troubled by Rand Paul bill targeting peer review

Science advocates are calling a proposal from Senator Rand Paul a blatant attempt to inject politics into federally funded research.Paul, a Kentucky …

Research

The surprising revolt at the most liberal college in the country

This school year, students are ditching anonymity and standing up to RAR in public—and almost all of them are freshmen of color. The turning point …

Conservative View

Conservatives and free speech on campuses (essay)

What exactly is a “snowflake”? It has become a catchphrase in the campus free speech debates, targeted mostly at students. A popular pejorative, it …

Education

America's crisis of courage

Which is why, when Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee openly defy party, president, and constituents, they deserve cheers, …

Conservative View

The Mail’s ‘Brexit bias’ witch-hunt is wrong, but raises uncomfortable home truths

<i>Chris Heaton-Harris MP was wrong to ask vice-chancellors for details of their Brexit teaching, and the subsequent Daily Mail witch-hunt against</i> …

Brexit

LANGHOFER: UCLA's Speech Protection Racket

Anyone that has ever watched a mafia movie is likely familiar with a protection racket.

Conservative View

Brexit, academic freedom and where the law stands on universities being quizzed about what they teach

It started with a letter. A seemingly simple request for information, sent by the Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris to university …

Education

Daily Mail's Attack On 'Remainer Universities' And 'Anti-Brexit' Academics Sparks Backlash

'This is dog whistle politics at its worst.'<p>Daily Mail<p>The Daily Mail launched a cutting attack on 'Remainer universities' on today's front …

Brexit

Battle for ‘academic control’ one of key issues in Ontario college strike

Striking Ontario college professors say they are seeking the “academic freedom” to decide what and how to teach and evaluate their students. For the …

Canadian News

There is no 1st Amendment right to speak on a college campus

We are witnessing an escalating chorus of complaints that modern universities are trampling on the First Amendment. Universities stand accused of catering to the weakness of students with “fragile egos,” in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s words, who cannot bear to be offended by ideas that they …

Politics

Hate speech is protected free speech, even on college campuses

My students trust colleges to control offensive speech. They shouldn’t.<p>“We should refuse to allow hateful speakers on campus,” a campus faculty member said.<p>The statement was met with resounding applause. I mentally prepared for the response to what I was going to say next.<p>It was September, and I …

Politics

List of featured speakers for sociology conference, most of them men, sparks debate and backlash

Sociologists study inequality for a living. The field is also relatively diverse. Panels at sociology conferences -- unlike some of their …

Academia

Brexit ‘McCarthyism’ is unacceptable to universities. Free speech must flourish

The Tory whip’s letter raises profound worries about academic freedom. We will go on promoting debates with diverse views on Brexit, as with all other subjects<p>• Professor Janet Beer is vice-chancellor of Liverpool University and president of Universities UK<p>The letter sent to universities by Chris …

Opinion

Don’t Even Think About It

A Boise State University professor’s recent essay exploring the intellectual history of the meaning of gender has roiled the campus, with claims by …

Academia

MP's Brexit letter to universities 'was research for book'

<b>Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris "should probably not have sent" a letter to universities asking for details of Brexit courses, a minister has said.</b><p>Universities minister Jo Johnson said his colleague, a government whip, was "regretting very much" his decision,<p>He said the MP was "pursuing inquiries of …

Referendums

A Note Of Thanks To Mr Heaton-Harris

The issue of the way controversial political issues impact on teaching at Universities hit the headlines with the (to say the least) awkward request …

Brexit

Fury at Top Tory’s College Brexit Probe Leads to Rebuke From May

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May committed herself to academic freedom after one of her party managers in Parliament was accused of mimicking …

Business

The Brexiteers’ attempt to intimidate universities would be funny if it wasn’t so terrifying

Not so much Joseph McCarthy as the Catholic Church and Galileo.<p>If you Google the name Chris Heaton-Harris, one of the first things you’ll learn is …

Brexit