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Faculty Panel on Academic Freedom

November 30, 2023 at 11:00am12:00pm EST

Hall of Languages, 500

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Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, this event is open to the University community. The discussion will address questions such as:

  • How do you define academic freedom?
  • Why is academic freedom a core value for universities?
  • What distinguishes academic freedom from free speech?
  • What are some responsibilities that apply to academic freedom?
  • How do we foster academic freedom at a time of extreme social polarization?

Lois Agnew, associate provost for academic programs, will serve as moderator.

Panelists are:

  • Kal Alston, professor, philosopher of education and former associate dean at the School of Education; and former senior associate provost for faculty affairs.
  • Matthew Huber, professor of geography and the environment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and president of the Syracuse University chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
  • Thomas Keck, professor of political science, Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics and senior research associate with the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School; and co-chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom, Tenure and Professional Ethics.
  • Gretchen Ritter, Vice Chancellor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer.

A Faculty Panel on Navigating Polarizing Discourses will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 500 Hall of Languages.

This event was first published on November 14, 2023 and last updated on November 30, 2023.

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