Academic freedom

Professor's Hunger Strike Ultimatum

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A professor who was denied tenure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has vowed to start a hunger strike on February 5 outside the provost's office.

"I will either see the provost resign and my hard-earned tenure granted at MIT, or I will die defiantly right outside his office," James L. Sherley, who teaches biological engineering, wrote in a letter to colleagues that he provided to Inside Higher Ed. While not commenting directly on Sherley's claims, MIT issued a statement that he has been treated fairly.

Columbia Protesters Face Penalties (Perhaps)

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In pre-Christmas statement, university officials say students may undergo discipline for disrupting speech -- but offer no details, citing privacy law.

Radical Shift for MLA -- on Meeting Date

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Delegate Assembly rejects the use of the term "illegal alien" -- while measure to defend Ward Churchill is cast aside.

A Freewheeling Academic Freedom Debate

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Stanley Fish, Elena Kagan and others mull recent case studies and hypothetical situations in a law school context.

Ugly Turn in Mascot Dispute

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U. of Illinois Native Americans find themselves targets of online threats and racist statements.

History vs. Hagiography

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Bush institute at SMU would report to Bush foundation, not the university. Does that protect academic interests, or endanger them?

Strategies on Academic Freedom

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Handbook offers ideas for professors in Middle Eastern studies who find themselves under scrutiny or attack.

Students' Complaints, Professors' Rights

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A seemingly innocuous policy change at the City University of New York has faculty leaders worried that their institution -- which has not been front and center in the battles over David Horowitz's "Academic Bill of Rights" -- may end up giving the conservative activist a victory, at their expense.

Reviewing the Reviewers

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Professor starts blog to examine institutional review boards and how, in his eyes, they hamstring the humanities.

Vote Postponed on Tobacco Research Ban

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After contentious debate on academic freedom and manipulation of research, U. of California regents punt.


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