The Politicization of Academic Freedom

Session 528 – Saturday, January 6, 2024 – 1:45 – 3:00 PM Franklin 13 (Marriot)

(Sponsored by the Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities)

Panelists will appraise recent attacks on academic freedom, and the possibilities and limits that pedagogical, administrative, and legal paths set for action. While academic freedom is different from freedom of speech, the panel explores the problems that emerge from politicizing academic freedom in the current context of culture wars.


  • Michael Bérubé (Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature, The Pennsylvania State University)
  • Ilana Feldman(Professor of Anthropology, The George Washington University)
  • Miriam L. Wallace (Professor of English, New College of Florida)
  • Pedro García-Caro(Co-editor of AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom | University of Oregon)
  • Anita Levy(AAUP’s Acting Director of the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure & Governance)

Presider: Jesús A. Ramos-Kittrell (Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of Oregon)