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Panel on Academic Freedom and Activism

Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 PM - Friday, September 19, 2014 3:00 PM
SUB Lobo A&B

Across the field of American Studies and beyond questions of academic freedom, free speech, and scholarly activism are ever present.  This forum is intended to raise questions about the possibility and limits of academic freedom in a context in which academic tenure is in decline, University administrations are anxious about “incivility,” and free speech is increasingly attacked within culture wars. 

Among the questions addressed by the forum are the following:

  • What happens when the academic freedom of some perpetuates the lack of freedom for others? 
  •  What forms of speech are included in academic freedom?
  •  How might community engagement reveal the complexities of academic freedom?
  •  Are there boundaries of speech and activism in the classroom, particularly when teaching about politically charged subjects?

This forum aims to engage these and other questions by considering a few case studies as well as by including some information about resources available to scholars.

Panelists:

Alex Lubin, Moderator, American Studies Department Chair
David Correia, Associate Professor of American Studies
Nick Estes, Graduate Student in American Studies
Marsha Baum, Chair, Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, UNM
Hank Reichman, American Association of University Professors, AAUP For more information, please contact Alex Lubin @ alubin@unm.edu

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