Academic freedom

New paper on artificial intelligence that can (mostly) correctly pick self-identified gays and lesbians sets off major debate

New paper on artificial intelligence that can (mostly) correctly pick self-identified gays and lesbians based on photos has been called nearly everything -- from bad science to an important “wake-up call.”

Reed College course lectures canceled after student protesters interrupt class to protest Eurocentrism

Lectures for one of Reed College’s signature learning experiences, a humanities course on the ancient Mediterranean, were canceled after protesters tried to interrupt the class to protest perceived Eurocentrism. What’s the future for courses grounded in ancient -- largely Western -- texts?

Three books arrive on campus free speech debates

After a year of constant debate and considerable divisiveness, three texts seek to make the discussion more productive.

University of Tampa terminates professor who suggested Texas deserved the hurricane for backing Trump

University of Tampa fires a professor who suggested Texas deserved the hurricane for helping put President Trump in the White House.

In U Miami announcement on Cuba, some see an outsized role for outside groups

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After meeting with hardline, anti-Castro leaders, University of Miami says it won't enter into institutional agreements with Cuba. But what do faculty members think?

Facing criticism, Cambridge University Press changes course and won't comply with Chinese government censorship request

Facing intense criticism for caving to censors, Cambridge University Press restores access to more than 300 journal articles it had blocked in China -- but the problem for publishers isn’t going away. Chinese authorities also try to block articles from another journal.

Cambridge University Press blocks access to 300-plus articles on request of Chinese censors

Cambridge press agrees to block access in China to more than 300 articles from a key journal for scholarship on the nation.

University of Florida rejects request for white supremacist to speak

University says it is blocking event not because of the ideas involved, but for reasons of safety, post-Charlottesville.

Sociologists seek systematic response to online targeting of and threats against public scholars

Sociologists call for a systematic response to online targeting of and threats against public scholars.

Professor pulls syllabus letting students set own grades as 'stress-reduction policy'

Professor’s “stress-reduction policy,” mocked by conservative websites, found to violate university policy.

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