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The Future of Academic Freedom

Henry Reichman
foreword by Joan Wallach Scott

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Few issues are as hotly debated or misunderstood as academic freedom. Reichman's book sheds light on and brings clarity to those debates.

Winner of the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award by the American Library Association

Academic freedom—crucial to the health of American higher education—is threatened on many fronts. In The Future of Academic Freedom, a leading scholar equips us to defend academic freedom by illuminating its meaning, the challenges it faces, and its relation to freedom of expression.

In the wake of the 2016 election, challenges to academic freedom have intensified, higher education…

Few issues are as hotly debated or misunderstood as academic freedom. Reichman's book sheds light on and brings clarity to those debates.

Winner of the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award by the American Library Association

Academic freedom—crucial to the health of American higher education—is threatened on many fronts. In The Future of Academic Freedom, a leading scholar equips us to defend academic freedom by illuminating its meaning, the challenges it faces, and its relation to freedom of expression.

In the wake of the 2016 election, challenges to academic freedom have intensified, higher education has become a target of attacks by conservatives, and issues of free speech on campus have grown increasingly controversial. In this book, Henry Reichman cuts through much of the rhetoric to issue a clarion call on behalf of academic freedom as it has been defined and defended by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for over a hundred years. Along the way, he makes it clear that this is the issue of our day.

Over the course of ten audacious essays, Reichman explores the theory, history, and contemporary practice of academic freedom. He pays attention to such varied concerns as the meddling of politicians and corporate trustees in curriculum and university governance, the role of online education, the impact of social media, the rights of student protesters and outside speakers, the relationship between collective bargaining and academic freedom, and the influence on research and teaching of ideologically motivated donors. Significantly, he debunks myths about the strength of the alleged opposition to free expression posed by student activism and shows that the expressive rights of students must be defended as part of academic freedom.

Based on broad reading in such diverse fields as educational theory, law, history, and political science, as well as on the AAUP's own investigative reporting, The Future of Academic Freedom combines theoretical sweep with the practical experience of its author, a leader and activist in the AAUP who is an expert on campus free speech. The issues Reichman considers—which are the subjects of daily conversation on college and university campuses nationwide as well as in the media—will fascinate general readers, students, and scholars alike.

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... first and foremost, this is about professors—their rights and limits both in and out of the classroom. Should they be able to toss out new, sometimes controversial ideas to help students think in different ways? Are they allowed to say and do what they want on their own time? Reichman's experience as both a professor and an AAUP officer and chair of one of its committees give weight to his arguments.

Reichman's tone is somehow hopeful, as if he's arming advocates with the history, knowledge and tools they need to fight the good fight — not just for the future of academic freedom but for higher education in general.

Henry Reichman's fine book needs to be read and discussed... Refreshingly free of vanguardism, but deeply convinced of (and convincing on) the strengths and vulnerabilities of academic freedom in his unevenly admirable homeland, he casts the chapters gathered here as responses to aptly searching questions... Joan Scott's Foreword strikes notes of candour, insight, and defiance that echo through Reichman's, rich, unyielding prose.

Offering compelling case studies and keen insights, scholar, advocate, and activist Henry Reichman issues an urgent call to action. Enjoining campus leaders to safeguard and champion the principles of academic freedom upon which American higher education is founded, Reichman makes visible their essential role in educating for democracy.

Henry Reichman is an essential and rational voice in contemporary debates about academic freedom. His book is required reading for those who would understand the controversies that presently engulf that important value.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Joan Wallach Scott
Preface
1. Does Academic Freedom Have a Future?
2. How Can Academic Freedom Be Justified?
3. Can Faculty Speak Freely as Citizens?
4. Can I Tweet That?
5. Can Outside

Foreword, by Joan Wallach Scott
Preface
1. Does Academic Freedom Have a Future?
2. How Can Academic Freedom Be Justified?
3. Can Faculty Speak Freely as Citizens?
4. Can I Tweet That?
5. Can Outside Donors Endanger Academic Freedom?
6. Will Online Education Cure the "Cost Disease"?
7. Do Students Have Academic Freedom?
8. Are Invited Speakers Entitled to a Platform?
9. Can Unions Defend Academic Freedom?
10. What Is the Future of Academic Freedom under the
Trump Regime?
Notes
Index

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Henry Reichman
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Henry Reichman

Henry Reichman is Professor Emeritus of history at California State University, East Bay. The author of The Future of Academic Freedom and Censorship and Selection: Issues and Answers for Schools, he chaired the Association of American University Professors' Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 2012 to 2021.