Academic Freedom: A Guide to the Literature

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The freedom of academics to pursue knowledge and truth in their research, writing, and teaching is a fundamental principle of contemporary higher education in the United States. But this freedom has been hard won and regularly abridged, reinterpreted, and violated. Academic freedom has been central to many issues and controversies in higher education and has thus generated literature in a variety of disciplines. This book provides access to that literature.

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Overview

The freedom of academics to pursue knowledge and truth in their research, writing, and teaching is a fundamental principle of contemporary higher education in the United States. But this freedom has been hard won and regularly abridged, reinterpreted, and violated. Academic freedom has been central to many issues and controversies in higher education and has thus generated literature in a variety of disciplines. This book provides access to that literature.

Included are entries for nearly 500 books, chapters, articles, reports, web sites, and other sources of information about academic freedom. Each entry includes a descriptive annotation, and the entries are grouped in topical chapters. While most of the works cited were published since the 1940 American Association of University Professors Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, some older studies have also been included. Though the volume focuses primarily on higher education in the U.S., it also includes a chapter on academic freedom in other countries.

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Provides descriptive annotations of 481 sources relevant to the topic of academic freedom. Focus is on post-secondary education in the US, limited primarily to items published since the American Association of University Professors' </1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure/>. Some items published between 1915 and 1940 are included, as well as older works and historical treatments of academic freedom. Material is organized in 11 sections on areas such as history, culture wars, and Web sites. Aby is education bibliographer and associate professor at Bierce Library, the University of Akron. Kuhn is head of technical services at Folger Shakespeare Library. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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STEPHEN H. ABY is Education Bibliographer and Associate Professor at Bierce Library, the University of Akron.

JAMES C. KUHN IV is Head of Technical Services at the Folger Shakespeare Library. He has chaired the Ohio Library Council's Intellectual Freedom Committee and has an ongoing professional involvement with issues of intellectual and academic freedom.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Academic Freedom - Philosophy

Academic Freedom - History (General)

Academic Freedom - History (1915 to World War II)

Academic Freedom - History (Cold War)

Academic Freedom - History (1960-1979)

Current Issues and General Trends

Academic Freedom and the Culture Wars

Academic Freedom and Religion

Tenure - Defense, Critiques and Alternatives

Academic Freedom in Other Countries

World Wide Web Sites

Name Index

Subject Index

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