academic freedom

  • The First Casualty in the War on Critical Race Theory

    "I don’t ask the students to subscribe to any ideas. I don’t ask them to base their opinions on materials that we read. I just ask that they critically evaluate it and understand it. We evaluate claims. That’s all that we do." 

  • Win for Academic Freedom in Nebraska

    "Jeannette Eileen Jones, associate professor of history and ethnic studies at the flagship Lincoln campus, said it's "disingenuous" to paint discussions involving critical race theory or race in general as divisive or anti-American."

  • Faculty, We Have Met the Enemy, and it is Us

    by Henry Reichman

    The outgoing chair of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure argues that events at the University of Mississippi are a warning that shared governance won't protect faculty unless they exercise it diligently. 

  • A Wakeup for the Left on Free Speech?

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    Liberals who seek to restrict hurtful speech shouldn't be surprised when conservative lawmakers apply that principle to regulate what can be taught in history classrooms. 

  • We Disagree on a Lot of Things. Except the Danger of Anti-Critical Race Theory Laws

    by Kmele Foster, David French, Jason Stanley and Thomas Chatterton Williams

    Political Philosopher Jason Stanley is part of an ideologically diverse group of writers who, regardless of their view of antiracist politics and discourse, condemn the passage of laws restricting the teaching of "critical race theory." 

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones Issues Statement After Passing Up UNC for Howard University

    “I cannot imagine working at and advancing a school named for a man who lobbied against me, who used his wealth to influence the hires and ideology of the journalism school, who ignored my 20 years of journalism experience, all of my credentials, all of my work, because he believed that a project that centered Black Americans equaled the denigration of white Americans."

  • Finally: Tenure Vote for Hannah-Jones

    by Colleen Flaherty

    The Board of Trustees for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will hold a special meeting Wednesday, reportedly to vote on tenure for journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.

  • Toll from Political Push at UNC Continues to Mount

    Malinda Maynor Lowery is leaving her position at the University of North Carolina because of the politicization of the university's governance by conservative activists, most recently reflected in the refusal to hire Nikole Hannah Jones with tenure. 

  • It’s Time for an Overhaul of Academic Freedom

    by Emily J. Levine

    The idea of academic freedom doesn't account for the present precarity of most university teachers, and doesn't rest on a positive concept of what professors should do with students and the public. 

  • The Conservative Disinformation Campaign Against Nikole Hannah-Jones

    by Alice Marwick and Daniel Kreiss

    Two of Nikole Hannah-Jones's prospective UNC colleagues describe the pressure to prevent her being hired with tenure a part of a long pattern of conservative political activism using disinformation and distortion as weapons to control what is taught at universities.

  • We Stand in Solidarity With Nikole Hannah-Jones

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore and Martha S. Jones

    "The University’s Board of Trustees has failed to uphold the first order values of academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. And too many lawmakers have wrongly deemed it their role to reach into classrooms and tell educators what to teach and how to teach it."