Academic Freedom: The Global Challenge

Academic Freedom: The Global Challenge

By: Michael Ignatieff (author)Paperback

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Academic freedom-the institutional autonomy of scientific, research and teaching institutions, and the freedom of individual scholars and researchers to pursue controversial research and publish controversial opinions-is a cornerstone of any free society. Today this freedom is under attack from the state in many parts of the world but it is also under question from within academe. Bitter disputes have erupted about whether liberal academic freedoms have degenerated into a form of coercive political correctness. Populist currents of political opinion are questioning the price a society pays for the freedom of its `experts' and professors. This volume summarizes the highlights of the discussions of international experts and political figures who examined the state of academic freedom world-wide at a gathering in the summer of 2017. Topics range widely, from the closing of universities in Turkey and the narrowing space for academic freedom in Hungary, China and Russia, to the controversies about free speech roiling American campuses. The book contains thoughtful historical analysis of the origins of the ideal of academic freedom; eloquent testimony from the front lines of the battle to defend the academy as a free space for controversial thought; as well as analysis of how university autonomy and self-government are endangered by hostile political forces around the world.

About Author

Michael Ignatieff is President and Rector of the Central European University. Ignatieff comes to CEU after serving as Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice of the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. An international commentator on contemporary issues of democracy, human rights, and governance and a Canadian citizen, Ignatieff is also an award-winning writer, teacher, former politician, and historian with a deep knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe. Stefan Roch is a PhD student in Public Policy at the Central European University.


CONTENT ACADEMIC FREEDOM FROM WITHOUT AND WITHIN, MICHAEL IGNATIEFF ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND THE TENSION BETWEEN UNIVERSITY AND STATE , JOAN SCOTT The University and the Nation Academic Freedom Public and Private THE THREAT WITHOUT: STATE PRACTICES AND BARRIERS TO ACADEMIC FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD 3 Ideas on Academic Freedom, Liviu Matei The distinction between academic freedom and university autonomy Academic freedom and institutional autonomy are multidimensional Universities need the state Lessons from CEU and other universities Academic Freedom in the UK, the Indian Subcontinent and Bangladesh, Nirmala Rao Academic Freedom in the UK Academic freedom and the Indian subcontinent Academic Freedom and Universities in Continental Europe, Helga Nowotny Academic Freedom under attack in Turkey , Ayse Kadioglu Between Classical and new Theories of Academic Freedom: Experiences from teaching between New York and Abu Dabi, Catharine R. Stimpson Introduction: The classical and the political definition of academic freedom Academic freedom in the Gulf states: background Experiences at NYU Abu Dabi Conclusions THE THREAT WITHIN: THE STRUGGLE FOR AND AGAINST ACADEMIC FREEDOM WITHIN U.S. UNIVERSITIES The fundamental role of Academic Freedom and free inquiry in US Higher Education, Jonathan R. Cole Academic Freedom and attacks against it in the US from a historical perspective Two fundamental sources of academic freedom in the US Lessons from Middlebury, Allison Stanger Introduction The Middlebury Incident Academic Freedom and Controversial Speech about Campus Governance, Rogers Brubaker Academic freedom in the US and its enemies: a polemic, Leon Botstein TAKING ACCOUNT OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN HUNGARY Key developments in Hungarian higher education, Attila Chikan University autonomy in Hungary in perspective, Istvan Kenesei Historical foundations of academic freedom in Hungary, Katalin Tausz Quality assurance in Hungarian universities and increasing political bias, Valiera Csepe The situation in Hungary from the perspective of private universities, Laszlo Vass FREEDOM AND ITS ENEMIES, OR HOW TO BE A GOOD CITIZEN IN A TANGLED WORD, MARIO VARGAS LLOSA BIBLIOGRAPHY (PRELIMINARY)

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  • ISBN13: 9789633862339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 164
  • ID: 9789633862339
  • ISBN10: 9633862337

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