Academic Freedom Conference
Academic freedom, open inquiry, and freedom of speech are under threat as they have not been for decades. Visibly, academics are “canceled,” fired, or subject to lengthy disciplinary proceedings in response to academic writing or public engagement. Less visibly, funding agencies, university bureaucracies, hiring procedures, promotion committees, professional organizations, and journals censor some kinds of research or demand adherence to political causes. Many parts of universities have become politicized or have turned into ideological monocultures, excluding people, ideas, or kinds of work that challenge their orthodoxy. Younger researchers are afraid to speak and write and don’t investigate promising ideas that they fear will endanger their careers.
The two-day Academic Freedom Conference, arranged by the organizing committee, aims to identify ways to restore academic freedom, open inquiry, and freedom of speech and expression on campus and in the larger culture and restore the open debate required for new knowledge to flourish. The conference will focus on the organizational structures leading to censorship and stifling debate and how to repair them.
Friday, November 4, 2022
Why it has Gotten Harder to Find the Truth
Academic Freedom in STEM
Academic Freedom: Practical Solutions
Professor of Business and Professor of Law (by courtesy) | Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, Georgetown University
Lunch: The Radicalization of the Academy
Are the Humanities Liberal?
The Economics of Academic Freedom
Professor of Economics at George Mason University and at the Center for the Study of Public Choice
The State of Higher Education
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Academic Freedom Applications: Climate Science and Biomedical Sciences
The War on the West: a conversation
Academic Freedom: What Is It and What Is It For? (video)
John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Emerita, New York Law School and Senior Fellow, FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression)
Harold Higgins Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development, University of Chicago
Moderator: Brandice Cane-Wrone
Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Lunch: Scott Atlas "Academia, Science, and Public Health: Will Trust Return?"
Rationality and Academic Freedom
Academic Freedom in Law and Legal Education
Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center, Stanford University
The Cost of Academic Dissent
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