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  •  Boy howdy. (4.00)
    I am on sabbatical and going back next year.   I have to say that in the past I have done all right wioth all my students, even though I talk a lot about politics.  But time will tell what happens.  How about getting a forum of academics together on KOS and creating a reporting central on academic freedom.

    I am scheduled to give a keynote at CU Boulder in a few weeks (my alma mater from undergrad) and keep wondering if I should cancel if they decide to fire Churchill because he is not "Indian" enough.

    "Optimism is not for sissies." (an elderly man at the Progressive Dem Conference)

    by Percheronwoman on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 04:29:54 AM PST

    •  His boss has already taken the fall (none)
      Betsy Hoffman lost her job as Chancellor over this and the football coach caper.  I spoke with her at a conference last fall.  The life of the President of a state university is a nightmare.  You have to spend almost all your time toadying up to legislators to keep the funds coming.

      There is more danger here than might at first hit the eye.  The Scaif-Mellon crew understand that the weak underbelly of the University is financing.  They don't really have to attack tenure directly.  That's a very hard nut to crack, because in addition to protecting speech, tenure protects jobs for people who are so highly specialized they wouldn't find remuneration for their investment in human capital anywhere else.  The weak point is finance.  They will force administrators to fire people to maintain the level of funding.

      The one mitigating factor is the number of top-flight schools in the United States.  A place that screws around with tenure will lose its best people to places that don't.  This is what happened in the '50s.  Still, that doesn't mean the thugs won't try.  It's the young profs who are at rest.  Those of us with memories long enough to recall what happened 40 years ago are tough as nails, but we won't be around that much longer to fight the good fight.

      •  Yes, I have tenure (none)
        and I also would probably not be as provocative as Churchill, but this could be me in the fall when I teach my cultural memory course.

        "Optimism is not for sissies." (an elderly man at the Progressive Dem Conference)

        by Percheronwoman on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 08:01:54 AM PST

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    •  I think that's a great idea (none)
      A forum for academics (though anyone could through their 2 cents in - I don't want to be elitist), it sounds like somewhere we could blow off steam.
      •  We've needed one of these for a long time (none)
        A Kos forum for academics who see what's going on.
        Just like the Administration is "shocked, shocked to see there's gambling going on," while collecting their political and economic capital from a pre-emtive war launched because there were (no) WMDs.

        We need as visible a site as Horowitz's to promote the message that universities are full of liberals because intellectual, critically-thinking, logical minds pursue education, not blind faith.  Otherwise you go to a semenary.

        This is an important time for academics, and we've got a long battle to wage to make up for the lost territory.

        NC Academic
        Political Strategy

    •  Count me in (none)
      the academic thingy...doing my PhD currently and teaching at a couple schools.

      Let 'em pass this law.  If it's passed where I live, I'm gonna try to get sued and challenge the fuck out of it.

      Just wait until the Drambuie and sleeping pills kick in.

      by MAJeff on Tue Mar 29, 2005 at 06:18:46 AM PST

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