Tag Archives: Academic freedom

Hungary’s assault on academic freedom is a threat to European principles

Hungary’s assault on academic freedom is a threat to European principles

Tens of thousands of people recently demonstrated in the Hungarian capital of Budapest against attempts by their government to close the Central European University (CEU). This was the second large-scale demonstration in Budapest in as many weeks – with protesters turning out en masse to challenge recent amendments to the national law on higher education […] … learn more→

From whence the danger? Left? Right? Both?

From whence the danger? Left? Right? Both?

Today the Washington Post published an important op-ed piece, “If colleges keep killing academic freedom, civilization will die, too,” by José A. Cabranes, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Cabranes, a Bill Clinton appointee and highly respected jurist, previously served as General Counsel for Yale University (1975-80) and on […] … learn more→

Professor fired for “anti-Semitism”

Professor fired for “anti-Semitism”

The culture of fear in higher education is quite remarkable. Publicly, we’re told we have freedom of speech and academic freedom, but the reality is quite clear that faculty are only free to talk about certain things, publicly or academically. And so we come to the latest firing for a professor saying the wrong thing: […] … learn more→

Purge of teachers and academics bulldozes through Turkish education

Purge of teachers and academics bulldozes through Turkish education

As news of the attempted military coup in Turkey unfolded, I was in Pennsylvania. Travelling in the US, I had coincidentally found myself in the home state of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has singled out as the mastermind of the uprising. Gülen, once a close Erdoğan associate until he […] … learn more→

Kites, poetry and tallies: academic freedom disappears in Turkey

Kites, poetry and tallies: academic freedom disappears in Turkey

Since the start of the year, scholars in Turkey have taken up strange habits. Some have started flying and filming kites with their students, then posting videos on the internet late in the evening. Some have started songwriting, producing strange lyrics. Some are organising bus tours. My mobile phone has never seen so much WhatsApp action: […] … learn more→

Academic freedom in conformist cimes

Academic freedom in conformist cimes

Joanna Williams’ new book is a welcome broadside against the barbarians in the academy. … learn more→

Interview with William Ringenberg on Christian Colleges and Academic Freedom

Interview with William Ringenberg on Christian Colleges and Academic Freedom

William Ringenberg is a Professor of History at Taylor University and the author of the new book, The Christian College and the Meaning of Academic Freedom: Truth-Seeking in Community (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). AcademeBlog co-editor John K. Wilson interviewed Ringenberg via email about his new book. John K. Wilson: You seem to agree with Michael McConnell’s […] … learn more→

The global war on academic freedom

The global war on academic freedom

Earlier this week, Robert Quinn, the executive director of Scholars at Risk, an international network of higher education institutions in 39 countries with headquarters at New York University, published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post entitled “The War on Education.”  The attack last week at Pakistan’s Bacha Khan University that killed 22 and wounded dozens more […] … learn more→

The media view of Academic freedom, a century ago

The media view of Academic freedom, a century ago

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of a famous editorial in the New York Times denouncing academic freedom, one that I quote in my article about the media and academic freedom in the new issue of Academe. Reacting to an AAUP report about the firing of Scott Nearing by the University of Pennsylvania, the New York […] … learn more→

Is academic freedom a license to provoke without consequences?

Does academic freedom entitle university professors to be as provocative as they wish when expressing their views on issues of the day? This question has come alive with three recent cases involving professors making politically charged – some would say incendiary – statements on controversial issues. Are professors just people with jobs? The first case […] … learn more→