No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedomby Cary Nelson
Pub. Date: 02/03/2010
Publisher: New York University Press
No University Is an Island offers a comprehensive account of the social, political, and cultural forces undermining academic freedom. At once witty and devastating, it confronts these threats with exceptional frankness, then offers a prescription for higher education’s renewal. In an insider’s account of how the primary organization for faculty/i>
No University Is an Island offers a comprehensive account of the social, political, and cultural forces undermining academic freedom. At once witty and devastating, it confronts these threats with exceptional frankness, then offers a prescription for higher education’s renewal. In an insider’s account of how the primary organization for faculty members nationwide has fought the culture wars, Cary Nelson, the current President of the American Association of University Professors, unveils struggles over governance and unionization and the increasing corporatization of higher education. Peppered throughout with previously unreported, and sometimes incendiary, higher education anecdotes, Nelson is at his flame–throwing best.
The book calls on higher education’s advocates of both the Left and the Right to temper conviction with tolerance and focus on higher education’s real injustices. Nelson demands we stop denying teachers, student workers, and other employees a living wage and basic rights. He urges unions to take up the larger cause of justice. And he challenges his own and other academic organizations to embrace greater democracy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Is Academic Freedom?
1 The Three-Legged Stool: Academic Freedom, Shared Governance, and Tenure
2 How a Campus Loses Its Way: Sixteen Threats to Academic Freedom
3 Legacies of Misrule: Our Contingent Future
4 Barefoot in New Zealand: Political Correctness on Campus
5 The Future of Faculty Unionization
6 Graduate-Employee Unionization and the Future of Academic Labor
7 On Weakened Ground: The AAUP, Pedagogy, and the Struggle over Academic Freedom
8 No Campus Is an Island: Reflections on the AAUP Presidency
9 Evolution or Devolution: The Future of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure
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