Public-Facing Scholarship: A Symposium on Provocative Research, Pedagogy, and Academic Freedom

Friday, March 29, 2019 (All day)
Event Location: 
Old Capitol Senate Chambers
UI Pentacrest
Iowa City, IA 52245

Academics and intellectual freedom are increasingly under attack in the United States. This is demonstrated, for example, by the November 2016 launch of the Professor Watchlist by conservative nonprofit Turning Point USA and the targeted harassment of faculty aimed to intimidate and silence. While this has been publicly framed as concern over (liberal) faculty “indoctrination” of students and the rights for (conservative) free speech on college campuses, the issues at stake strike the core of University life—rigorous inquiry, academic freedom, and the pursuit of knowledge.

Moreover, those most vulnerable to attack are faculty members from historically underrepresented communities—female faculty, faculty members of color, LGBTQ faculty—as well as graduate students and the growing number of adjunct and contingent faculty on campuses nationwide.

This symposium gathers administrators, faculty, and graduate students from across the University of Iowa to discuss the climate currently informing academic life, and to share skills and resources for faculty and graduate students engaged in public-facing research and pedagogy. We hope you will join us!

Free and open to all members of the UI campus.

Hosted by the Department of Communication Studies, with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies