Major Academic Freedom Conference at St Xavier University: A.A.U.P. Illinois

On Saturday, March 29, 2008 the Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors will conduct its annual meeting. The sessions will take place in the Butler Reception Room on the campus of St Xavier University in Chicago. The annual meeting will address the classic issues of higher education: the crisis of academic freedom, and there is a crisis certainly in the Chicagoland area and beyond, and shared governance:

Session One 12:30-1:30  

DePaul University Assistant Professor Mehrene Larudee, an economist and expert on international relations, will speak on “Academic Freedom: Truth and Power.” Professor Larudee was denied tenure along with Dr Norman G. Finkelstein last spring for reasons that are intimately involved with academic freedom, free speech and the capitulation to external political pressure groups.

Session Two: 1:45-2:30. “Faculty Governance.” A distinguished panel of experts will discuss this important issue. To the general public it refers to what are the parameters of decision making on a university campus. Faculty and administrators have a responsibility to each other and to their respective insitutitions to make and effectuate decisions on a mutual, collegial basis.

Ken Andersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, dynamic past-president of the Illinois A.A.U.P. and a national expert in organising and lobbying.

Jerry Kendall, professor or law at John Marshall Law School, president of Illinois-A.A.U.P. will moderate the panel.

Brian Frederking, McKendree University, a member of the Executive Council of Illinois A.A.U.P.  

Michael Harkins, Harper College and expert on labour issues and Illinois A.A.U.P. council member.

The event is open without charge to the public and there will be ample refreshments. Those who attend should anticipate a respectful, collegial and professional exchange of views between speakers and audience.

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