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Shared Governance and Academic Freedom: The Foundations of Higher Education and Their Uncertain Future

While the history of higher education is one of constant tensions among state, private and faculty power, recent attacks on the work of researchers and educators are more subject to disinformation and political polarization than in decades past. The sometimes indistinct boundaries of academic freedom make the discussion about what it is or should be more challenging; the public itself is largely disconnected from that discussion and how such principles and practices serve or should serve them.

Headshots of panelists: Buck Goldstein, Lindsie Rank, Deen Freelon, and Sallie Shuping-Russell

Join the Royster Society of Fellows for a two-part panel discussion on shared governance and academic freedom.

In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote that “our Nation is deeply committed to safeguarding academic freedom, which is of transcendent value to all of us, and not merely to the teachers concerned. That freedom is therefore a special concern of the First Amendment.” The Court observed that “the Nation’s future depends upon leaders trained through wide exposure to that robust exchange of ideas which discovers truth ‘out of a multitude of tongues, [rather] than through any kind of authoritative selection’.”

This two-part seminar, sponsored by the Royster Society of Fellows and The Graduate School, is designed to educate students, faculty and the public about the principles, practices, and history of academic freedom and shared governance in the U.S. It will also consider new and emerging critiques that challenge principles that have traditionally  been viewed as inviolate.

The first session will focus on the history that brought us to the present moment and will help contextualize the debate.

The second session, to be held on 10/13, will address the current pressures faced on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and other public institutions in the United States with an eye toward solutions.

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Register in advance for this webinar, which is open to the UNC-Chapel Hill community.

NOTE: If you have difficulty registering as a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill community, please use the following format when registering: [youronyen]@email.unc.edu.

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