SEPTEMBER 2019 UCONN-AAUP UPCOMING EVENTS

UCONN-AAUP UPCOMING EVENTS

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September 18, 2019 – 4:00-6:00 pm – McHugh Hall Room #206 – National AAUP Senior Program Officer Hans-Joerg Tiede, Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance will present “Academic Freedom in the Age of Trump.” Today’s political climate has become increasingly inimical to academic freedom. Over the course of the last two years, the academic community has witnessed legislative and gubernatorial attacks on individual faculty members, course offerings, governing boards, the institution of tenure, and, generally, the institutional autonomy of colleges and universities; the most recent example being President Trump’s executive order on campus free speech.

Conservative advocacy groups are calling for the enforcement of “viewpoint diversity” at institutions of higher education. Websites such as Professor Watchlist are monitoring activities of faculty members and denouncing departures from what they view as acceptable, which, in turn, is often followed by campaigns of targeted harassment of faculty members.  This presentation provides an analysis of current challenges to academic freedom from the perspective of AAUP policy.

September 20, 2019 – 2:30-4:00 pm – Student Union Room #304 – UConn-AAUP Committee W welcomes National AAUP East Coast Organizer David Kociemba who will present “Contingency and Gender:  How Adjunct Hiring Disproportionately Effects Women and POC.  What adjuncts, tenured faculty, and the union can do.”  Contingent academic employment is a gender issue.  Adjunct hiring disproportionately effects women and people of color, who make up 2/3 of contingent faculty nationally.  How can contingent faculty organize? What can the UConn-AAUP do to support them now and in upcoming contract negotiations? And how contingency threatens tenure and academic freedom and what FT faculty can do.

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