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 Turning Point USA and the targeted harassment of faculty aimed at intimidating educators and stifling the exchange of ideas and thoughtful debate. The issues strike at the very core of University life—rigorous inquiry, academic freedom, the pursuit of knowledge, and the capacity for dialogue and deliberation in a healthy democracy. Significantly, those most vulnerable to attack are faculty members and instructors from historically underrepresented communities—female faculty, faculty members of color, LGBTQ faculty, 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 the public.
Hosted by the Department of Communication Studies, with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies