Knight to speak on ‘Academic Freedom After 9/11’

On April 22, Jonathan Knight, Ph.D., director of the office of academic freedom, tenure and governance in the national office of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), will speak on “Academic Freedom After 9/11.”

The lecture will start at 3:30 p.m. in the formal lounge of Umrath Hall; refreshments will be provided at 3 p.m. This open lecture is sponsored by the University’s chapter of the AAUP.

The main focus of the AAUP is the protection of academic freedom. Supporting concerns include faculty roles in university governance, the evaluation of faculty for tenure and the judicial procedures by which sanctions can be imposed on faculty.

The AAUP undertakes investigations of allegations of serious breaches of academic freedom by university administrations and boards of trustees.

Each spring, the AAUP publishes its survey of the economic status of the professoriate, with extensive tables of faculty salaries for almost all colleges and universities.

Other areas of concern to the AAUP include the rights of women, minorities and students. Most recently, the AAUP filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the affirmative action case at the University of Michigan, and it has circulated an advisory memorandum on the investigation of foreign students through application of the U.S. Patriot Act of 2001.

For more information, call 935-6279.