Academic Freedom in Dangerous Times

A Panel Discussion with USF Faculty co-hosted by CRASE

Oct. 10, 2018 | 3:30–5 p.m. in Zief Law Terrace Room

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University faculty face a national climate of rising intolerance and a widening partisan gap in perception of the value and impact of higher education. We have witnessed a steady decline in higher ed’s commitment to the protections of tenure, even as Information technology and social media play a new and unpredictable role in public perception of faculty work.

In these politically volatile times, how can faculty work together to preserve and sustain the values of academic freedom?

Join University of San Francisco faculty members, Brandi Lawless (Communication Studies), Aysha Hidayatullah (Theology and Religious Studies) and Stephen Zunes (Politics) for a panel discussion facilitated by Michael Rozendal (Rhetoric & Language) sponsored by the Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Research, Artistic and Scholarly Excellence (CRASE). Refreshments will be served.

Questions we’ll explore:

  • What does it mean to teach and to publish in a heightened and volatile political climate?
  • What challenges do we face as we measure potentially competing values (such as openness and security)?
  • How can faculty members support each other and protect freedom of expression in teaching and research?