Richard Ohmann, Professor Emeritus of English at Wesleyan University and a founding father of Radical Teacher, writes in Inside Higher Ed (April 19, 2011) about "Academic Freedom's Best Days." He explains that academic freedom flourished in the late 1960s and early 1970s, considers why, and then asks what can be learned from that time to help academics work for academic freedom in current times.
Two Israeli lecturers at Bar-Ilan University are urging the Council for Higher Education to examine evidence that they were denied promotion because of leftist political activities and opinions. Both faculty members have written and spoken against the Occupation (Haaretz. com, February 14, 2011).
ROTC cadets at the University of San Francisco are having their academic freedom seriously challenged by being "prohibited from completing any assignments that professors may make involving material released through WikiLeaks." A memo from the U. S. Army Cadet Command, followed by a memo from the cadet commander at the University of San Francisco, not only prohibited reading or using WikiLeaks information but also just talking about such information (San Jose Mercury News, January 25, 2011).
In typical Glenn Beck madness, the Fox News host has spent the last two years attacking Frances Fox Piven, Graduate School Professor at the City University of New York, for her writings in the 1960s about the welfare rights movement. In These Times (April 2011) asked her to talk about political movements, the protests in the Mideast and the rebellions in the Midwest. As for her final question, "If you had one wish for Glenn Beck...