Academic freedom

Defining a Ban on Secret Research

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Board of anthropology association pushes ahead to restore prohibition on studies that can't be shared, but hesitates on absolutist language encouraged by members.

Not So Free Speech in Campus Governance

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Faculty groups fear federal court decision endangers the right of professors at public institutions to speak out on matters of campus policy.

A Civil Society and the Controversies Within It

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What are the challenges in conducting civil conversations on controversial subjects on college campuses today -- and at summits meant to address just that issue?

Faculty Are Liberal -- Who Cares?

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New study -- by a bipartisan research team -- finds that professoriate indeed leans left, but there is no evidence that this tilt has any impact on students' views.

Tenure as a Tarnished Brass Ring

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Has the system become so flawed that it's not worth it any more? Why are some tenured, liberal professors challenging what others long for?

Pardon Me, but Your Door Is Terribly Offensive

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Lake Superior State University maintains that conservative political cartoons and images on a professor's door constitute harassment, not protected speech.

Torture and Tenure

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Civil liberties group organizes campaign to have controversial legal scholar fired. Some academics who find his views repulsive line up to defend him.

A Pentagon Olive Branch to Academe

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Defense secretary discusses plans for new university consortia and grants -- largely in social sciences -- for non-classified research, and pledges no political restrictions.

The Pope's Positive Message

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In advance of the pope's visit to the United States, many speculated on what he would have to say to Catholic college presidents, with some wondering (aloud, in the news media) whether he would issue a stern, doctrinal rebuke about maintaining Catholic character.

Reflections on a Papal Visit

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Pope Benedict stressed the complexities of Catholic college identity. At Loyola College in Maryland, educators and students think about his words and travels.


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