In 2004 the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) published the report Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications. This document covered a range of scholarly activities and looked at how they were changing as a result of digital technology.
Today’s What We’re Reading features the history of playgrounds, a roundtable on the usefulness of unpaid internships, biblioburros (?), a drunk history of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and much more!
Today’s What We’re Reading features the history of “catfishing,” a memoriam for the family photo album, the most trendy names in US history, an abandoned Walmart becomes a modern library, and much more!
Today’s What We’re Reading features reactions to the AHA’s statement on flexible digital dissertation access, Anthony Grafton gets “memed,” recaps of SHEAR 2013, the rise and fall of Detroit, and much more!
The American Historical Association issues the following statement regarding the recently released email correspondence of former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and his staff relating to the assignment of Howard Zinn’s work by an Indiana University faculty member.
In response to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the American Association of University Professors recommendation urging accreditors “to take steps to ensure that the protection of academic freedom is a central concern in their evaluation of higher-education institutions,” the Council of the American Historical Association approved the following statement of support:
Academic freedom is an essential component of the educational mission; in order to advance and disseminate knowledge, scholars must be able to teach and conduct research with confidence that that they can express their views and report their findings without fear of reprisal.
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the American Association of University Professors have offered an intriguing suggestion regarding the relevance of academic freedom to the quality of education. Please note in this recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education their recommendation that accreditors consider how well an institution protects academic freedom as an important criterion in their evaluations.
Last month, the AHA issued a statement strongly opposing a move by Michigan state legislators to prevent students from earning credit through internships at certain institutions that happen to be engaged in protests against any Michigan business. The AHA maintains that “The proposed law would, in short, make illegal the gathering of information, or even learning how to gather information, in cooperation with a group that seeks to inform public debate.”
In a June 6 editorial, the Detroit Free Press noted the internship provision “not only interferes with universities’ autonomy in making their own decisions about what groups they work with, but also appears to violate First Amendment protections in the U.S.