Academic freedom

Too Christian or Too Narrow?

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Wiley-Blackwell suspends sale of four volume, 3,000 page encyclopedia on Christianity, pending post-publication review. Editor sees anti-religious bias; publisher and others see major problems with the substance of the work.

Anti-Israel Prof Loses Post at Bard

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Joel Kovel denounces process to faculty colleagues, but some point to his disorganization or the economy as being more decisive than his politics in the case.

David Horowitz vs. Women's Studies

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When David Horowitz named the "101 most dangerous academics in America," in The Professors, a book in 2006, Bettina Aptheker was among those featured. A professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Aptheker was critiqued this way in the book:

Academic Freedom, Christian Context

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An evangelical college tries to define faculty rights to free inquiry in a way that celebrates its institutional mission.

Banned in Boston

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After radio show starts campaign against William Ayers lecture, BC calls off his talk -- citing sensitivity to a police officer's killing that may have had nothing to do with the Weather Underground.

A ($1) Win for Ward Churchill

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Jury finds that U. of Colorado was wrong to fire him, but awards smallest possible compensation. Judge will now decide whether to order him reinstated to his position.

A Presidential Critic, Fired

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AAUP finds violations of academic freedom in dismissal of tenured professor who questioned leadership at Stillman College.

Ward Churchill Redux?

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Bowdoin is poised to discipline a professor for research errors that he says officials went looking for only because they didn't like the content of his work -- not unlike another recent case.

Patterns in Academic Persecution

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Oppression of scholars extends across a range of countries, fueled not only by politics but also by general anti-intellectualism, a new report says.

'For the Common Good'

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The concepts of academic freedom are much debated, and it's clear that not everyone who uses the term means the same thing. A new book, For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom (Yale University Press), traces the history of academic freedom and its definitions in the United States. The authors are two law professors: Matthew W. Finkin of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Robert C. Post of Yale University.

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