Academic freedom

University strikes and unforced errors by administrators

From news reports in the past week, it looks like the University of Oregon administration is making some foolish decisions in how to respond to striking graduate students. If the news sources I have read are accurate (see reports from Inside Higher Ed, Oregon Live, and December 6 and December 9 reports from the philosophy […]

Graduations, honorary degrees, student protest, and advising students

m4s0n501 Last week, I wrote an¬†entry about William Bowen’s comments at the Haverford College graduation. I was there to watch my daughter graduate and kept my entry¬†brief because spending time with family trumped any urge to pontificate. I’m back for my last week as a department chair at USF and wanted to follow up on […]

William Bowen at Haverford commencement, May 18, 2004

Brief comments on William Bowen and Haverford College commencement

  Above, my view of William Bowen yesterday At yesterday’s Haverford College graduation, one of the honorary degree recipients was William Bowen, former president of Princeton University and longtime head of the Mellon Foundation (from 1988 to 2006). He took the opportunity to talk about the controversy at Haverford over the granting of an honorary […]

American Studies Association chickens out on boycott resolution

For the past 12 days, I have been in Australia, drawn by an invitation to speak at the Australia and New Zealand History of Education Society meeting in Brisbane (whose pronunciation rhymes with “Fizzbin”). It’s been a marvelous opportunity to learn more about the history of another country, especially since I had friend and retired […]

The quadruple face-palm and academic freedom

Sports Reporter #1: Here comes Florida Atlantic associate professor Jim Tracy, just off his triple face-palm asserting a conspiracy over the Sandy Hook shootings. Sports Reporter #2: Let’s see what he does here. Tracy is relatively new to high visibility academic nuttery, at least at this level of competition. #1: Tracy looks at the timekeeper, […]