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Academic freedom

BY JEFFREY SACHS | September 10 2019

The definition adopted from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is alarmingly vague and easily misinterpreted.

BY SHANNON DEA | September 03 2019

Academic freedom is not merely a negotiated perk of being a professor, it is a sine qua non of the university’s mission.

BY SHANNON DEA | August 02 2019

Issues around gender identity, and transgender and nonbinary people have become a battleground for academic freedom and freedom of expression on campus.


At a panel discussion at Congress, three academics reflect on the challenges facing universities.

BY SHANNON DEA | June 07 2019

If no one listens, no ideas are exchanged. And to listen, one must be quiet.

BY SHANNON DEA | May 03 2019

To defend the values at the heart of the university, we must first understand them. Here’s a resource that can help.

BY SHANNON DEA | March 22 2019

A dissection of three talks presented at the recent Harry Crowe conference in Toronto.

BY SHANNON DEA | February 11 2019

Should there be a separate conception of academic freedom for precarious and independent scholars?

BY SHANNON DEA | January 18 2019

Because we most often invoke it when it’s threatened, we tend to focus more on the rights associated with academic freedom than on the reason we have it to begin with.

BY SHANNON DEA | December 14 2018

For reasons of naiveté or worse, the media and the public have been taken in by the view that there is a free speech crisis on campus.

BY SHANNON DEA | November 19 2018

Understanding what academic freedom is ideally meant to do can help us understand its contours, and how to best defend it.

BY SHANNON DEA | October 09 2018

If engaging with the public is indeed part of the job of the professor, then universities ought to protect professors who take up the task.

BY MOIRA MACDONALD | October 03 2018

Clashes over the limits of free speech continue to divide students and faculty.

BY CRESO SÁ | September 06 2018

Most with a working knowledge of higher education would agree we are nowhere near a free speech crisis in colleges and universities, let alone one justifying government intervention.

BY SHANNON DEA | September 05 2018

A better understanding of the mission of universities, and of the role that academic freedom plays within that mission, puts us in a better position to support university scholars and the work that they do.

BY JONATHAN THON | August 09 2018

Translational research should be scientist-driven and institutionally supported, not the other way around.

BY PAUL AXELROD | January 24 2018

Over the years, academic freedom has been both recognized and constrained, based on the particular historical context.


His characterization of postmodernism, however, appears rather suspect.

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