Sunday, January 27, 2008

Academic Freedom Symposium

This is worth noting. I won't be able to make it, and I certainly don't agree with the political views of all involved, but academic freedom is under assault. If you do go, and have comments on the event, please drop me a note.

1-2 February 2008
Lincoln Park Student Center - 2250 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL

CHICAGO, IL – CHICAGO, IL – In light of the controversial tenure denials of eminent Middle East scholar Norman G. Finkelstein and International Studies professor Mehrene Larudee earlier last year at DePaul University, prominent scholars from across the country are coming together for a two-day conference at DePaul, on February 1-2, to lecture about the threats facing academic freedom and Middle Eastern studies at universities. In addition to DePaul's cases, the efforts to silence scholars such as John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Stephen Walt (Harvard University), and the tenure controversies of Nadia Abu El-Haj (Barnard College) and Joseph Massad (Columbia University) have all inspired the conference, which seeks to protect as well as preserve academic freedom through honest and informed debate.

The event is hosted by the DePaul Academic Freedom Committee, and co-sponsored by the DePaul University International Studies Program, the Peace Studies Program, the History Department, and the Department of Philosophy (DePaul University is not sponsoring this event, only the listed departments and programs).

The Academic Freedom Committee is still accepting a call for papers to be submitted by professors or students for the two-day conference. For more information, please visit

The event is to be held at the Lincoln Park Student Center 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

Academic Freedom Syposium
Feb 1-2, 2008
DePaul University, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL

Event schedule:

Day 1 - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 6:00pm -9:00pm

Introduction with Keynote Speaker – 6:00 pm
  • Sara Roy, Harvard University political economist

The Role of the Activist Professor – 7:00 pm
Featuring Panelists:
  • Bill Ayers, Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Ken Butigan, author, professor and peace activist
  • Robert Jensen, Professor, School of Journalism, University of Texas
  • Marcy Newman, Visiting Professor, Center for American Studies and Research, American University of Beirut; Fellow, Initiative for Middle East Policy Dialogue
Day 2 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Academic Freedom and the Way Forward – 11:00 am
Featuring Panelists:
  • Mark Ellis, University Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University
  • Peter Kirstein, Professor, Department of History, Saint Xavier University
  • Joel Kovel, Distinguished Professor, Department of Social Studies, Bard College
Paper Presentations – 2:00 pm
Documentary Film presented by Landrum Bolling, Director, Mercy Corps

Academic Freedom and Middle East Studies – 5:00 pm
Featuring Panelists:
  • As’ad AbuKhalil, Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, California State University
  • Juan Cole, Professor, Department of History, University of Michigan
  • Peter Novick, Professor (Emeritus), Department of History, University of Chicago
For more information, visit us at


Oscar Madison said...

Are we undergoing an academic freedomectomy?

Mr. Verb said...

Doctor, is this reversible?