Academic freedom

U. of Illinois officials defend decision to deny job to scholar; documents show lobbying against him

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As U. of Illinois offers public explanation for blocking hire of professor, newly released documents show involvement of fund-raisers and interest in keeping trustees informed as chancellor prepared to nix appointment.

Boycott battles continue in U.S. academe

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Both advocates and opponents of the boycott of Israeli universities are gearing up for a busy academic year on that front.

Cary Nelson faces backlash over his views on a controversial scholar

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In the backlash over Cary Nelson backing the U. of Illinois for denying a job to a controversial scholar, no one is more surprised at the outrage than Cary Nelson.

U. of Illinois apparently revokes job offer to controversial scholar

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Professor whose writings have angered many was offered job at U. of Illinois, pending formal board approval. He didn't get it. Is he being punished for his views? His tone? Both? 

Accounts of Confucius Institute-ordered censorship at Chinese studies conference

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European Association for Chinese Studies reports that conference materials were confiscated and censored after chief executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, a conference sponsor, objected to contents.

Debate renews over Confucius Institutes

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AAUP urges universities to terminate or renegotiate contracts for Chinese-government funded centers of language and culture. With about 90 Confucius Institutes established in U.S., will it have an impact?

Gay rights group's FOIA request for professor's research pits privacy vs. academic freedom

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FOIA requests regarding (another) U. of Virginia professor's research raise questions about email privacy and academic freedom yet again. And this time, the professor happens to be married to the university's president.

Substitute commencement speakers say everyone lose out in protests

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Stepping into the breach for college commencement speakers sidelined by protests, retired university leaders defend importance of debate -- and one calls protesters "immature" and "arrogant."

Firing sets off debate over whether deans must publicly back administrations

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Firing of a dean sets off debate over whether academic leaders must always publicly back the positions of their presidents.

Contract renewal for adjunct with criminal past raises academic freedom concerns at Illinois

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Should a history that includes membership in the Symbionese Liberation Army and jail time disqualify one from keeping an adjunct job? Even if the instructor was open about it and received rave teaching reviews?

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