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Academic Freedom in the Age of Political Correctness

Sep 26, 2016, 4:00 pm5:30 pm

Raphael, School of Athens, 1509-1511


The right to seek truth, wherever the investigation may lead, has come to be known in higher education as academic freedom. But academic freedom means different things to different people, and what it should and should not protect are constantly being redefined by competing stakeholders.

On Monday, September 26, Dr. John K. Wilson of the American Association of University Professors and the Pope Center’s director of policy analysis Jay Schalin will debate the proper limits, checks, and balances of scholarly inquiry, teaching, and commentary in academia. They will address questions such as, Is academic freedom the same as the First Amendment right to free speech? What are the rights of schools to control what’s taught in the classroom? Does the politicization of faculty pose a threat to academic freedom? and more.

“Academic Freedom in the Age of Political Correctness” is also the title of a report authored by Jay Schalin.

The event will be held at Wilson Library on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill on September 26 at 4PM. There is no registration or fee, and all are welcome to attend. There will be a reception following the debate.

Please call 919-828-1400 or email info@popecenter.org for more information.


Sep 26, 2016
4:00 pm–5:30 pm
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The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
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UNC-CH Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
200 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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