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Academic Freedom: A Roundtable Discussion
December 9, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday Dec. 9th at 7PM Campus Center- MPR
Please join Bard College’s Human Rights Project, Hannah Arendt Center, Center for Civic Engagement, Students for Justice in the Middle East, Political Studies Program, History Program, Language and Literature Program for “Academic Freedom: A Roundtable Discussion”
Andrew Ross is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His most recent books include Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal (2014), Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times (2009), and, as co-editor, The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace (2007). He has also written about academic freedom and overseas campuses of U.S. universities such as NYU Abu Dhabi.
Steven Salaita was “de-hired” from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because of his tweets about Israel’s assault on Gaza this past summer. Before that, he was an Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech. His books include Israel’s Dead Soul (2011), Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics (2007), Anti-Arab Racism in the USA (2006), and The Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan (2006).
Katherine M. Franke is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia University. Her recent publications include “Dating the State: The Moral Hazards of Winning Gay Rights” (2013), “Public Sex, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Afterlife of Homophobia” (2011), and “Eve Sedgwick, Civil Rights, and Perversion” (2009). She has been at the forefront of the academic boycott against the University of Urbana-Champaign and has been advising Steven Salaita’s lawyers.
Organized and moderated by:
Michiel Bot (Hannah Arendt Center)
Omar Cheta (History and Middle Eastern Studies)
Connor Gadek (Students for Justice in the Middle East)