Assault on Academic Freedom

Mon., March. 12, 2018, 6 pm, Bolz A

of  Madison's Goodman Center 

Its Lecture Series on

"Humanities in Community"

On second Mondays monthly -- excepting semester and summer breaks -- a Liberal Arts professor/instructor from the UW-Madison or Madison College will explore issues or topics and invite Q&A. See posters in our archive for descriptions of previous lectures.                                           _____________________________________

Topic:  Assault on Academic Freedom

and Why It Matters

Lecturer: Professor Steve Macek

Lecture-discussion has been recorded as audio only:

Lecture, 52 minutes

Discussion, 42 minutes

 

Professor Macek will discuss...

  • The traditional importance of tenure as a guarantor of academic freedom and robust intellectual debate
  • Efforts to defame harass and persecute academics, including censure and suspension of scholars without due process
  • How, by presenting outrageously offensive speakers, some groups bait opponents into violating free speech rights and into violence itself — causing the University of Wisconsin System to recently adopt draconian “free speech” policies.

STEVE MACEK IS PROFESSOR AND CHAIR of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at North Central College in Naperville, IL.

A past president and founding member of Central’s chapter of the Am. Assn. of University Professors (AAUP), he serves on the executive council of the Illinois State Conference of the AAUP.

He has written op-eds and articles on media policy, the First Amendment and academic freedom for:

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Seattle Times, The Columbus Dispatch, Madison’s Capital Times, Z Magazine, The St. Louis Journalism Review, etc.

 

Check out this video chalk board: 

Professor of Political Science Donald Downs, UW-Madison, on academic freedom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP_x6B4vXYk

 

Also see our page on a Capital Times sponsored discussion on FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS on Wednesday, evening March 14.

 

Posters with more detail (2-sides) and links are attached below for sharing online (top one) and by print (bottom):

 

 

Assault on Academic Freedom and Why It Matters
STEVE MACEK IS PROFESSOR AND CHAIR of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at North Central College in Naperville, IL.
Assault on Free Speech-Voltaire-links.pd[...]
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The Assault on Academic Freedom and Why It Matters
STEVE MACEK IS PROFESSOR AND CHAIR of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at North Central College in Naperville, IL.
Assault on Free Speech-Voltaire.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [418.6 KB]

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