Monthly Archives: January 2011

DePaul Philosophy Department Sends Unsolicited Letter to Faculty Council on Namita Goswami Academic Freedom Case

The Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) concluded in its widely publicised Committee A report that the Department of Philosophy had violated the academic freedom of Assistant Professor Namita Goswami in its review of her credentials for tenure and promotion. … Continue reading

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DePaul Grad Students Support Professor Namita Goswami in Letter to President Holtschneider

NB: One name was not in alphabetical order and was placed seriatim. “To Know is Not Enough.” —————————————————————————————————————– January 12, 2011 Rev. Fr. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. President DePaul University 55 East Jackson Boulevard, 22nd floor Chicago, Illinois 60604-2287 President … Continue reading

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Kirstein Review of Cary Nelson, No University is an Island, appears in Logos

Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture has published my review of Cary Nelson, No University is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom, New York: New York University Press, 2010. Had President Dwight D. Eisenhower not initially used it, I would … Continue reading

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AAUP Sends Second Letter to DePaul President Holtschneider on Namita Goswami Case

January 13, 2011 The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. President DePaul University 1 East Jackson Boulevard Chicago, Illinois 60624-2287 We have yet to receive a response to our letter of December 15 concerning the case of Professor Namita Goswami.  A … Continue reading

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Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) Puts Academic Freedom on Agenda

On January 21, 2011 I have been invited to speak and discuss for an hour on the status of academic freedom in Illinois and to comment on national issues that impact on the increasing threats to academic freedom. I will focus … Continue reading

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Dr Martin Luther King, Jr: America’s Greatest Historic Figure and Dr Howard Zinn

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965: “How Long, Not Long” address. The previous year he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Three years later he was assassinated in a country that immorally and … Continue reading

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InsideHigherEd: On DePaul Faculty Council Motion to Follow Academic Freedom Process in Namita Goswami Case

InsiderHigherEd which has covered this case with unwavering thoroughness and detail, has in its Quick Takes section reported on the DePaul University Faculty Council motion, that first appeared online on this blog, demanding that President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider adhere faithfully … Continue reading

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DePaul Faculty Council PASSES Motion Re: Namita Goswami Case

The DePaul University Faculty Council courageously passed a motion by a vote of 20-4-2 that “calls upon” President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider to adhere to the procedural mandates of the Faculty Handbook that require additional appellant procedures subsequent to a successful … Continue reading

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Accuracy In Academia Comments on AAUP Rejection of Hugo Chavez as Funding Source

Venezuela President Hugo Chávez In a recent post, I shared a civil, polite e-mail exchange with Mal Kline, the executive director of Accuracy in Academia: a conservative watch-dog group that is critical of the putative progressive nature of higher education. … Continue reading

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Cary Nelson Lists Yays and Nays of Academic Freedom in Inside Higher Ed

Academic Freedom is basically the right of academics to teach, the right to publish, the right to speak without censorship and coercion. Students are entitled to it as well. The presumption is that a teaching activity, a scholarly publication and … Continue reading

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Inside Higher Ed Article on DePaul Goswami Case: Cites AAUP and Kirstein Role

The link at the end of this statement is to the Inside Higher Ed article written by Allie Grasgreen. The reporter is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. The article includes references and some of my comments on the report … Continue reading

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