Foundation Co-Sponsors Academic Freedom Conference

This conference has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will share details once the conference has been rescheduled.

December 20, 2019

The AAUP Foundation is co-sponsoring an academic freedom conference with the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) on May 1, 2020, at Pasadena City College in Southern California. A previous conference on academic freedom, also supported by the AAUP Foundation, was held in Northern California.

The conference will assemble experts to explore the following questions:

How is academic freedom defined?

How is it protected?

What happens if it is violated?

UC Berkeley law school dean Erwin Chemerinsky will be the keynote speaker for the conference. He is the author of many books related to constitutional law and coauthor with Howard Gillman of Free Speech on Campus. Named the most influential person in legal education by National Jurist magazine in 2017Chemerinsky frequently argues appellate cases, including cases in the US Supreme Court.

FACCC is a statewide professional membership association that advocates for California community college faculty, but the conference is also open to community college supporters and academic employees of four-year institutions. Registration is now open on the FACCC website, and special rates are available for AAUP and FACCC members.