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A new podcast by the American Association of University Professors on issues related to academic freedom, shared governance, and higher education. Visit aaup.org for more news and information.

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A new podcast by the American Association of University Professors on issues related to academic freedom, shared governance, and higher education. Visit aaup.org for more news and information.

    AAUP Presents: The Past, Present, and Future of the Student Debt Crisis

    AAUP Presents: The Past, Present, and Future of the Student Debt Crisis

    As student debt has grown astronomically over the past few decades, topping $1.7 trillion in federal and privately held debt, there seemed a moment of (limited) hope over the summer after years of activism and pressure when the Biden administration announced a federal plan to cancel $10K of debt for most federal loan holders and $20K of debt for those who had received Pell Grants. That plan ground to a halt in November when Republican-led courts halted the program. In this episode we discuss the current state of student debt in the U.S., how we got here, and where we could go next. 
    The episode's guests are Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, an associate professor of history at Loyola University Chicago and the author of Indentured Students: How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt, and Charlie Eaton, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Merced, where he co-founded the Higher Education, Race, and the Economy Lab. He is the author of Bankers in the Ivory Tower: The Troubling Rise of Financiers in US Higher Education.

    Links:
    “American Higher Education’s Past Was Gilded, Not Golden," Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Academe, Fall 2022“Student Debt Cancellation on Campus," Charlie Eaton, Academe, Fall 2022College Score Card from the Department of  Education with information on debt held by students"The Private Side of Public Universities:  Third party providers and platform capitalism," Laura T. Hamilton, Heather Daniels, Christian Michael Smith, and Charlie Eaton, University of California, Merced, Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education, June 2022Information on SUMMER debt counseling from the AAUPThe Debt CollectiveCancel My Student DebtVisit our website aaup.org for more information on our work. 

    • 39 min
    AAUP Presents: Black Out: Backlash and Betrayal in the Academy and Beyond

    AAUP Presents: Black Out: Backlash and Betrayal in the Academy and Beyond

    In this episode we sit down with Professor Lori Latrice Martin, an associate dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Louisiana State University, to discuss  her article “Black Out: Backlash and Betrayal in the Academy and Beyond,” which examines what Professor Martin describes as the "predictability of efforts to silence conversations and actions related to combating anti-Blackness in America and the continued use of Black deaths to further the social, economic, and political progress of non-Black groups in the academy and beyond" in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. You can find the article in the most recent edition of AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom; the entire issue is devoted to the intersection of disinformation and academic freedom. 

    Links:
    "Black Out: Backlash and Betrayal in the Academy and Beyond,"  Lori Latrice Martin, Journal of Academic Freedom, Volume 13, 2022"Racial Realism," Derek Bell, Connecticut Law Review, 1992Journal of Academic Freedom, Volume 13, 2022Visit our website at aaup.org for more information on our work. 

    • 27 min
    Stolen Lands and State Universities

    Stolen Lands and State Universities

    In this episode of the podcast we discuss the issue of the massive transfer of wealth from tribal nations who underwrote the founding of land-grant universities and how institutions are beginning to address and contend with difficult questions about their relationship to Indigenous communities. The issue is the topic of a recent article  in AAUP’s Academe magazine entitled  “Confronting the Wealth Transfer from Tribal Nations That Established Land-Grant Universities” written by today’s guests, Stephen M. Gavazzi, a professor of human development and family science in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University, and John N. Low, an enrolled citizen in the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians and the director of the Newark Earthworks Center. He is  associate professor of comparative studies at Ohio State, and the author of Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and the City of Chicago.  Subscribe and listen to all episodes at: https://www.aaup.org/news/our-podcast-aaup-presents

    Suggested reading:
    "Confronting the Wealth Transfer from Tribal Nations That Established Land-Grant Universities,"  Stephen M. Gavazzi & John Low, Academe, Spring 2022"Land-grab Universities," Robert Lee & Tristan Ahtone, High Country News, March 30, 2020

    • 44 min
    Governance, Academic Freedom & Institutional Racism in the UNC System

    Governance, Academic Freedom & Institutional Racism in the UNC System

     On April 28 the AAUP released a report of the Special Committee on Governance, Academic Freedom, and Institutional Racism in the University of North Carolina System. The report considers the influence of the North Carolina state legislature on the systemwide board of governors and campus boards of trustees. It discusses how political pressure and top-down leadership have obstructed meaningful faculty participation in the UNC system, jeopardized academic freedom, and reinforced institutional racism.

    The guests are the co-chairs of the special committee that wrote the report, Nicholas Fleisher, professor of Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Afshan Jafar, professor of Sociology at Connecticut College. The episode is hosted by Anita Levy, senior program officer in the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance at the AAUP.

    Visit aaup.org to for more of our work or to become a member.

    Episode links:
    Governance, Academic Freedom, and Institutional Racism in the University of North Carolina System

    • 34 min
    Legislative Threats to Academic Freedom

    Legislative Threats to Academic Freedom

    In this episode we discuss AAUP’s recently released statement from Committee A, Legislative Threats to Academic Freedom: Redefinitions of Antisemitism and Racism, which addresses partisan efforts in state legislatures to enact bills targeting teaching about Israel and about the history of racism in the United States, in ways that present a significant threat to academic freedom.  
    The guests are Rana Jaleel, an associate professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at the University of California, Davis, and a member of the AAUP’s Committee A, and  Risa Lieberwitz, who is AAUP’s general counsel and a professor of labor and employment law in the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is also a member of Committee A. The episode is hosted by Mariah Quinn, AAUP's digital organizer.

    Episode links:
    Legislative Threats to Academic Freedom: Redefinitions of Antisemitism and RacismStatement on Legislation Restricting Teaching about RaceThe History, Uses, and Abuses of Title IX

    • 39 min
    A Conversation with Rep. Michele Rayner of Florida

    A Conversation with Rep. Michele Rayner of Florida

     The AAUP’s Kelly Benjamin talks to Michele Rayner, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, about attacks on academic freedom, the motivation for anti-critical race theory bills, and the state of the broader political situation in Florida.

    Episode update: When the episode was recorded, a bill Kelly and Rep. Rayner discussed that would make public college presidential searches in Florida secret had not passed the state legislature. It has since passed and Florida governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign it. See the article below for more information.
    Episode Links:
    "Florida legislature passes bill making public college presidential searches confidential," Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Higher Ed Dive"Late bill change would weaken tenure at Florida universities, faculty say,"  Divya Kumar and Ana Ceballos, Tampa Bay Times"Florida Memorial University Lays Off Four Tenured Professors, Discontinues 16 Degree Programs," Alex Deluca, Miami New Times

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