What is Academic Freedom? It’s the principle that protects freedom of speech in the classroom, in the university, in the public arena. It is currently being threatened by legislators who want to dictate what is taught, what ideas can be explored, what books can be read. We are currently witnessing a kind of
anti-intellectualism that hasn’t been seen since the 1950’s. How can we understand it? How should we respond?
Joan Scott is a historian, professor emerita in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. She writes on gender and feminist theory; she is also a long-standing member of the American Association of University Professors Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Her talk will be based on that experience.
Sponsored by Amherst College Faculty Friends of AAUP