UCITE hosts talk on academic freedom

All universities cherish academic freedom, but from time to time, traditional notions of academic freedom are challenged. Recently, at the University of Wisconsin, attempts were made to subpoena the emails of a professor of history after he wrote an op-ed about the political struggle over collective bargaining rights in that state. Closer to home, Ohio has explored the idea of “charter universities,” which some in academia worry could challenge academic freedom. A recent article, “Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education” by William Deresiewicz elaborates on the subject.

Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law, and newly elected president of the Case Western Reserve chapter of the American Association of University Professors, will kick off the summer series of UCITE seminars by describing what he sees as some of the major challenges to academic freedom and will lead a discussion after his remarks.

Join us for this discussion on Thursday, June 9, noon-1 p.m. in the Herrick Room on the ground floor of the Allen Building at the corner of Euclid and Adelbert. The Herrick Room is located on the left through the Euclid Avenue revolving door.

Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at this session. Please RSVP by replying to ucite@case.edu.