Foundation Support for the 2017 AAUP Annual Conference

Date: June 9, 2017

Next week's 2017 AAUP Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education features a number of offerings supported by grants from the AAUP Foundation. On the evening of Friday, June 16, there will be a screening of excerpts from A Time to Stir, a documentary about the 1968 student strike at Columbia University. Following the screening, filmmaker Paul Cronin will join in a panel discussion with historian Ellen Schrecker, journalist Juan González, and AAUP first vice president Henry Reichman. Our Friday plenary luncheon speaker will be Ibram X. Kendi, professor of history and international relations at American University and winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Professor Kendi will discuss his book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. 

At our Saturday plenary luncheon, we will honor Professor Harry Keyishian on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 US Supreme Court case Keyishisan v. Board of Regents. In this landmark case, the Court ruled against New York's loyalty oath for public employees and established academic freedom as a "special concern" of the First Amendment. Professor Keyishian will also participate in a panel (7A) Friday morning at our higher education conference sessions. Through our Contingent Faculty Fund, the Foundation supported the participation of some conference presenters serving in contingent faculty appointments.

The Foundation also provides funding for investigations and reports of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. The AAUP’s investigative work plays a critical role in ensuring that colleges and universities adhere to AAUP-supported academic standards. Administrations that violate these standards risk censure by the AAUP. At the June 17 annual meeting, delegates will vote on Committee A's recommendations regarding the imposition and removal of censure. You can learn more about the annual meeting and see the draft meeting agenda here.

Please visit the AAUP Foundation table next to the registration desk to learn more about the Foundation's activities. Development director Edward D'Antoni will be available to answer any questions you may have about our grant programs and our efforts to protect academic freedom and quality higher education.