Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Academic freedom at risk after decades of attacks and underfunding from right wing

We look at one of the consequences of this crisis: the growing threat to academic freedom with academic and author Henry Reichman.

As higher education faces an increasingly dire crisis of underfunding, we look at one of the consequences of this crisis: the growing threat to academic freedom. Academic and author Henry Reichman takes on this threat in a new book, out this week, titled “The Future of Academic Freedom.” In it, he writes, “Academic capitalism – or, as many term it, ’corporatization’ – has greatly impacted academic work and the ability of the faculty to unite in defense of professional norms, including academic freedom.” Academic capitalism is just one of a number of topics Reichman tackles in the book, which starts by asking what academic freedom is, and expands to look at the loss of public funding for institutions of higher education and the harassment of faculty members for political speech.

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