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The AAUP's mission is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.
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Public Meeting

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chapter

AAUP Censure, Academic Freedom, and Criminal Background Checks: An Open Discussion

Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
4 p.m., 314B Illini Union

Two recent events have raised questions about academic freedom and faculty governance at the UIUC campus. The first was the June 6, 2015 censure by the national AAUP for the actions taken regarding Steven Salaita. The second was the proposal by the Board of Trustees to require criminal background checks for all new faculty. The panelists will provide a brief discussion of "how we got here" and "where we might go next" for both issues. The meeting will then be open for public discussion.

Harry Hilton, Chapter President
"How Did We Get Here?"

David O'Brien, Art and Design, "Censure: Where Does the University Go Next?"

Jessica Greenberg, Anthropology, "The Problems with Background Checks"

No prior registration required,
All faculty are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

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In 1953, with 708 members, our AAUP chapter was the largest in the country.

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