Academic freedom

Historian at U Minnesota 'celebrates' tenure with critiques of governing board's recent actions in renaming debate

Historian at U of Minnesota "celebrates" tenure with a scathing critique of her governing board's recent actions against a building-renaming proposal. She says she couldn't have risked these statements without job security.

Doane U suspends library director over exhibit that included 1920s-era students in blackface

University library exhibit included photos of students from the 1920s in blackface. Now the library director is suspended -- and some of her faculty colleagues say Doane made the wrong call.

Michigan adopts new policy after controversy over students turned down for letters of recommendation

After controversy over professor who turned down student request for a recommendation because she planned to study in Israel, Michigan says faculty members should base such decisions "solely on educational and professional reasons," not on politics.

Middlebury faces questions about speaker whose appearance it called off, in an unusual month for the college

College regularly criticized over aborted talk in 2017 again fails to let a speaker talk. Campus was unsettled over chemistry exam question on how to make gas used by Nazis. Middlebury is among several colleges where recent talks have been disrupted.

Henry Reichman discusses his new book on the future of academic freedom

Henry Reichman discusses his new book on the future of academic freedom, in which he argues that that future "is up to us."

Panelists suspect Turkish government pressure was behind Columbia's choice to cancel event

Panelists say Turkish government pressure is the likely explanation for why Columbia called off a forum at the last minute. Columbia says there were irregularities in the planning process and that several institutes had withdrawn their support.

Franciscan U of Steubenville is seeking to block faculty members from talking about university matters anonymously

Franciscan U of Steubenville is seeking to block faculty members from talking about university matters anonymously to the press and to limit what they may otherwise discuss publicly.

President Trump vows to issue executive order barring research funds to colleges that don't support free speech

President says he will deny federal research dollars to institutions that do not protect free speech. Higher ed groups question need for a measure. Could Solomon Amendment be a model for Trump?

While staying the course in Saudi Arabia, MIT says it will strengthen processes for reviewing projects in "problematic countries"

Spurred by Khashoggi killing, MIT says it will strengthen review of collaborations in countries where governments are engaged in human rights violations but won't override faculty prerogative or terminate existing Saudi-sponsored projects.

Is Temple defending the academic freedom of a professor when board chair says he is seeking ways to punish him?

Temple professor lost his job as CNN commentator over speech he gave at United Nations. University says it is defending his right to free speech, but board chair's comments suggest institution is trying to find a way to punish him.

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