Part of the 2017 Fall series: Academic Freedom: Its Meaning and Limits
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons
In her book, Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity, Joanna Williams examines the threats to academic freedom, including a stifling culture of conformity – specifically in higher education. She believes students and faculty alike suffer when the freedom of academic thought is silenced, and her work reflects on the changing ideas about the purpose of higher education, censorship, free speech, and the nature of knowledge. Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity has been called “a compelling account of why academic freedom is in trouble” and “essential reading for anyone who cares about academic freedom, wants to better understand the threats to it, and how to fight back.”
Audio from the event was featured on MPR News Presents.