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Prof Settles Lawsuit Against University Over Personal Blog

‘No trespass order’ issued after academic criticized hiring practices, pay differentials

[The following is an excellent commentary on the characteristic high-handedness of US higher education oversight. University management today has much in common with the corporate sector, complete with the obligatory mealy-mouth (but underlying contempt) toward free speech. Further, college administrators tend to propagate by finding new positions and pay raises for each other with wild abandon. In this instance an adjunct faculty member teaching media arts at a small state college criticized administrators’ policies on his personal blog. This must have been recognized as a threat to management’s ‘safe space’ because the poo-bahs began a malicious rumor campaign against the prof and issued him a ‘no trespass order ,… to protect our students, faculty and staff.’ The ACLU filed the lawsuit late last winter.-JFT]

By Professor Doom
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Perhaps the most abusive employment situation in higher education is in Colorado, where the food banks specialize in helping the severely underpaid faculty. Yes, things are tough adams-stateall over, but the starving faculty there know the system is exploitative, because, well, let me recycle a quote:

As I stood in a line at the county human services office before Christmas, I realized that, in order to keep the administrative class afloat, this is the reality for me and for my peers. Our college system, for example, has hired two new administrators per day for the past three years, and has grown from 13 to now 41 campuses/centers. Its financial profile is rated at the top of the scale by the metrics of Standard and Poor’s or Moody’s, as a revealed in a recent analysis of CCCS finances conducted by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

The culture of fear in higher education did not arise spontaneously. Quirks in our legal system give administration on campus considerable leeway when it comes to crimes, allowing them to “criminalize” perfectly legal behavior and mete out extreme punishments, via the campus kangaroo court system.

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ACADEMIC FREEDOM CONFERENCE II Video Proceedings

Are there Limits to Inquiry?

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Should faculty be restrained from or even punished for investigating complex and controversial events of enormous political significance?

Jim Fetzer and Stephen Francis are very pleased to present:

Academic Freedom Conference (Taped Saturday, 27-28 August 2016)

 

 


AFC II: Introduction: James H. Fetzer


WHY DOES IT MATTER?

AFC II: Session 1: Francis A. Boyle, Ph.D.,

noted Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College

of Law, earned his  A.B. in Political Science from Chicago, J.D. from

Harvard Law School and his A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science

also from Harvard University.

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‘Let’s Fight Conspiracy Theories Effectively’

European academics call for statist social-psychological approach to silence public inquiry and dissent

Le Monde, 6 June 2016, p. 29
English translation

The Ministry of Education must test its pedagogical tools against conspiracy culture. The wrong cure might only serve to spread the disease.

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Conspiracy theories are on many people’s minds and are the object of all kinds of initiatives, sometimes local, sometimes more ambitious. The French government is among them, evidenced by the collaboration between the Ministry of Education and France Télévisions to produce and diffuse a ‘video-kit’, available to all in the teaching profession (https ://vimeo.com/151519913). They also explore suitable responses to the worrying spread of these ‘theories’ by proposing, here and there, an intellectual defence or critical response. Ultimately, these associations come together to fight against this particular form of contemporary misinformation known as ‘conspiracism’.

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Brave New University

On this week’s edition of Real Politik public intellectual and academic iconoclast Darrell Hamamoto joins James to address an array of issues including the foundation-funded identity politics movement characterizing US college campuses in 2016. Hamamoto’s incisive socio-political research lgbt-figureand commentary revealing the machinations of the modern power elite and knowledge machine have made him a significant force for meaningful awareness and change. Such efforts have been met with major resistance by his university employer and the larger forces governing today’s philanthropic and federally-dependent academic institutions.

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The Union That Students Need

[Journalist and free speech advocate Tom Slater is this coming week’s guest on Real Politik. His new book is titled, Unsafe Spaces: The Crisis of Free Speech on Campus.-Ed.]

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Spiked UK

The National Union of Students conference is over. But we’ll still have the memories – the jazz hands, the whingeing and the casual anti-Semitism. For this was the year when this tyranny of crybabies, this politburo of plonkers, truly outdid itself. Not only did delegates eraser_mouthcall for social-media apps to be banned (people are saying nasty things on them) and for Holocaust Memorial Day to be scrapped (apparently it’s not ‘inclusive’) — they also elected as the new NUS president Malia Bouattia, someone who thinks condemning ISIS might ‘send the wrong message’ and is wont to wax lyrical about the ‘Zionist-led media’.

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When Mass Shootings Were Real

News reportage of mass shooting events over the past several years has changed markedly from coverage of such incidents just a few decades ago. Some media critics and researchers have pointed to mass shootings, including those transpiring on January 8, 2011 in Tucson Arizona, July 20, 2012 in Aurora Colorado, December 14, 2012 in Newtown Connecticut, and the recent October 1, 2015 event at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon, to suggest that these incidents may have been partly contrived with involvement of federal authorities. They reinforce their arguments with an impressive array of conflicting media reports and unrealistic “official” narratives concerning these events as potential evidence of government deception.

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President Obama addresses the nation four hours after the mass shooting event at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on October 1, 2015

Whether or not such claims are true, there can be no doubt that each referenced event has been inordinately sensationalized by corporate news media and national political leaders to advocate for stricter gun control, mental health, and police state measures, even though criminologists maintain that the number of mass shootings has not increased since the 1990s.[1]

Like the curious 1995 mass shootings in Dunblane Scotland and Port Arthur Australia—events capitalized on by political leaders in those countries to pass harsh gun control measures and expressly invoked by President Obama just hours after the Roseburg shooting—researchers and independent news media point to a potential agenda behind the intense publicization of mass shootings throughout the United States.

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Florida Atlantic University Threatens to End Tenure

Proposed Policy Jeopardizes Academic Freedom

“I think there’s instances at this university where some faculty should no longer be working at this university [sic].” – FAU Provost Gary Perry

“If you can take tenure away, and this document says that you can, essentially this faculty does not have tenure anymore. There is not another university that has anything close to [this].” – FAU professor

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Source: Rachel Liu, Crossmap

A policy promoted by Florida Atlantic University administrators is proving controversial among faculty at the South Florida college. The proposed set of rules, “Post-Tenure/Sustained-Performance Evaluation,” was recently authored by a subcommittee of senior professors, administrators and former administrators under the auspices of the University’s Faculty Senate.

Shortly thereafter, however, the document went through a process of heavy revision overseen by FAU Provost Gary Perry and college deans who want to grant themselves the ability to potentially terminate any tenured faculty member.

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Florida Atlantic University Student Expelled for Social Media Post

Warned of Mass Shooting on Boca Raton Campus, “18-Year-Old Mistake”

Florida Atlantic University has expelled an 18-year-old student because of a post he made on the Yik Yak smartphone application warning of a potential mass shooting on the school’s Boca Raton campus.

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Emeil Tavon Stewart, Source: WPTV

Emeil Tavon Stewart, a freshman from Fort Meyers, wrote at 7:00PM Tuesday, September 8: “My friend just said he shooting up the breezeway and texted me a pic of a gun idk if he jokin.”

Stewart informed WPTV-NewsChannel 5 that he overheard an unidentified party on campus mention “shooting” and “breeze way” (the campus’ central walkway). Stewart says he was reluctant to contact campus police without more solid “evidence,” and thus attempted to inform students and gauge their response via social media.

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CT Parents, Citizens Organize Against Sandy Hook Commission Report

SHESQuestion “increased government intrusion into the rights of parents.”

By James F. Tracy

On February 25 a press conference was held by parental rights groups calling attention to many of the conclusions of the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Report released on November 21, 2014. They argue the report’s recommendations, if adopted as state law, will likely pose a significant threat the right for families to homeschool their children. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission was assembled by Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy in 2013.

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Free Speech and Civil Rights in Academe

danseigel4Attorney Dan Siegel discusses his life’s work, from his early years as a civil rights and antiwar activist, to his legal career as a nationally-recognized labor law expert defending professors and athletic coaches under fire from university administrators.

A 1970 graduate of University of California Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Siegel was initially denied entry to the California Bar because of his free speech and antiwar activism. After successfully contesting this decision before California’s Supreme Court, he helped establish the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Project in Southeast Asia. In 1973 Siegel returned to the Bay Area to begin a community law collective representing workers and labor unions in employment discrimination, labor law, and civil rights litigation.

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The “Trojan Horse” Attack on Public Health

Attorney Shawn Abrell discusses the health dangers of electromagnetic radiation and litigation against entities such as US school districts that endanger vulnerable constituencies with the installation and usage of wireless technology.

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