Tag Archives: Academic freedom

Academic freedom is paramount for universities. They can do more to protect it from China’s interference

Academic freedom is paramount for universities. They can do more to protect it from China’s interference

A report from Human Rights Watch released yesterday found students and academics critical of China’s Communist Party are being harassed and intimidated by supporters of Beijing. Human Rights Watch interviewed 24 pro-democracy students from mainland China and Hong Kong, and 22 academics at Australian universities. In three verified cases, families of students in Australia who lived in […] … learn more→

Universities’ relevance hinges on academic freedom

Universities’ relevance hinges on academic freedom

Academic freedom is widely championed as the foundation of a good university. It is seen as vital in speaking “truth to power” – to borrow from influential political philosopher Hannah Arendt – and in ensuring universities are oriented towards the common good, not select elite interests. Academic freedom also ensures universities can lead research, education and public debates […] … learn more→

The academic freedom of teachers is she in danger on American campuses?

The academic freedom of teachers is she in danger on American campuses?

Never have American universities been so taken to task in French public debates. Rare were the speeches, during the controversy generated by the recent remarks of the Minister of Higher Education on the radical research currents in the French university, which did not refer to the United States by them. ”  Demonizing  “. Indeed, according to a good number […] … learn more→

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is one of hundreds of victims of state attacks on academic freedom

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is one of hundreds of victims of state attacks on academic freedom

Australian academic Kylie-Moore Gilbert is finally free and back home. The Melbourne university academic was unjustly deprived of her liberties for 804 days for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was arbitrarily imprisoned on cooked-up espionage charges while visiting Iran for a conference. While we are celebrating Moore-Gilbert’s freedom here in Australia, let […] … learn more→

Academic freedom: repressive government measures taken against universities in more than 60 countries

Academic freedom: repressive government measures taken against universities in more than 60 countries

Universities around the world are increasingly under threat from governments restricting their ability to teach and research freely. Higher education institutions are being targeted because they are the home of critical inquiry and the free exchange of ideas. And governments want to control universities out of fear that allowing them to operate freely might ultimately […] … learn more→

There are differences between free speech, hate speech and academic freedom – and they matter

There are differences between free speech, hate speech and academic freedom – and they matter

Last week, posters appeared at the University of Auckland inviting young white men to “assume the mantle of re-taking control of our own country” and to confront “anti-racism ideology”. The group was obviously unaware of the significance of the British High Commissioner’s expression of regret, in the same week, for the killing of several Māori people during their […] … learn more→

Academic freedom: I spent four months at UAE’s national university – this is what I found

Academic freedom: I spent four months at UAE’s national university – this is what I found

The case of the Durham PhD student, Matthew Hedges – who has been arrested and placed in solitary confinement on the charge of spying – exposes the extreme limits on academic freedom in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). But Hedges’s plight, while outrageous, is not altogether shocking for seasoned observers of the oil-rich Gulf monarchy. This year […] … learn more→

Do University librarians have academic freedom?

Do University librarians have academic freedom?

Librarians in the University of California system are represented by the American Federation of Teachers.  They are currently engaged in bargaining a new contract.  In the course of that process the UC-AFT proposed that the following underlined language be added to Article 1, Recognition, in the new contract: The University recognizes librarians as academic employees, and further recognizes […] … learn more→

Pro hetero-marriage Professor wins Supreme Court case

Pro hetero-marriage Professor wins Supreme Court case

Some time ago, a professor made a blog post, chastising a teacher for shutting down a student who advocated for, well, traditional marriage. Arguing for heterosexual marriage is a faux pas on campus today, and the school formed a committee to investigate this “inappropriate” behavior. A few posts on a blog. Seven members on the […] … learn more→

The Republican war on academic freedom in North Carolina

The Republican war on academic freedom in North Carolina

Joe Knott, one of the Republicans who dominate the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, published an op-ed on May 25 that imagines an alarming future for higher education under the headline “We need more conservative professors. Here’s how we can do that at UNC.” Knott generously declares his support for academic freedom: “If scholars are […] … learn more→