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April 15th, 2016 - 8:46 am § in Misc.


  The last two weeks at the UW have been filled with discussion about racism on the UW campus.  The distress expressed by minority students is well deserved and they are correct that the usual mantra of hiring more administrators and counselor or holding  seminars to discuss the problems is [...]

March 25th, 2016 - 8:00 am § in Misc.

AAUP Opposes Excessive Feminism

  Dear AAUP Member: Today, the AAUP is releasing an important draft report, The History, Uses, and Abuses of Title IX. We strongly encourage you and your AAUP colleagues to read it and send us your comments. The report was written by a joint subcommittee of Committee A on Academic Freedom and T[...]

March 18th, 2016 - 8:33 am § in Jefferson, Misc., UW

The Hypocrisy of the AAUP Listserv

Tomorrow they will be gone! Academics read. Most citizens associate  academics with free expression, reading and discussing what has been written by colleagues from  a day ago or even a year ago. Many citizens also worry that speech on campus is censored, not by the right but by the left.   [...]

June 14th, 2015 - 7:58 am § in Misc., UW

AAUP censors Phyllis Wise

University of Illinois censured for pulling Steven Salaita job over anti-Israel tweets While I find Salaita’s pro Hamas rhetoric offensive, Wise’s actions appear to be based only on her responses to wealthy contributors. Neither she nor the University has offered any other explanation fo[...]

April 30th, 2015 - 11:06 am § in The Ave Scene, UW

AAUP Investigation Condemns Phyllis Wise and UI for Violating Steve Salaita’s Academic Freedom

  In a nutshell, the national AAUP has found that there is no evidence that Phyllis Wise made her decision about Salaita based on any valid concern with his scholarship. What basis could there be other than pressure from advocates for Israel?      This is not new behavior to those of us w[...]

May 14th, 2014 - 11:46 am § in Misc.

AAUP: Why don’t Seattle’s Wealthy Provide Scholarships?

Robert,  this idea leaves me with a taste of Dickens’ England. It seems to me that there is a much better chance that Seattle’s uber wealthy could be encouraged to create a scholarship for Washington’s best students just as their colleague Phil Knight in Oregon supports the best O[...]

April 23rd, 2014 - 3:56 am § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

AAUP: Universal Scholarships?

Last week, over n the AAUP listserv. Robert Wood referred to an NPR article describing a program in Michigan where philanthropists in Kalamazoo fund universal college tuition. Rob asked, “Imagine if we were able to set one of these funds up statewide in Washington? How much would it cost?  [...]

March 26th, 2014 - 2:17 pm § in Misc.

The AAUP Should Take a Stand For Unionizing the Huskies!

 Northwestern U. Football Players Can Unionize, Labor Board Rules The UW chapter of the AAUP has been very supportive of the working rights of non-tenured faculty. The argument has been that these faculty function as workers and therefore need the protection of a union. While I wish that need did n[...]

January 3rd, 2014 - 10:58 am § in Misc.

AAUP Censorship

Dear Steve, I decided not to approve your posting, as you already made most of these points in an earlier post. Regards Rob —————————————————————————&[...]

December 30th, 2013 - 9:41 am § in Misc.

From AAUP LISTSERV about the dialog on a boycott of Israel

Dear Colleagues, The listserver moderators have decided not to allow further postings on the academic boycott issue. Unfortunately, some of the postings have become vitriolic and lacking in collegiality. We do not think that much new has been added to the discussion in recent days. I wish you all th[...]