March 14, 2024 Faculty Senate Forum on Academic Freedom & Free Expression

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3:00 Introduction

Brandon Dupont, President
WWU Faculty Senate

Jennifer Ruth

Dr. Jennifer Ruth is an Associate Dean in the College of the Arts and a professor in the School of Film at Portland State University. She is a contributing editor for Academe Blog and the author, with Michael Bérubé, of It’s Not Free Speech: Race, Democracy, and the Future of Academic Freedom. She has written about academic freedom and higher education in such publications as The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Ms. and is a co-editor, with Ellen Schrecker and Valerie Johnson, of The Right to Learn: Resisting the Right-Wing Attack on Academic Freedom, to be published by the Beacon Press in the spring of 2024.

Thomas Merrill

Dr. Thomas Merrill is Associate Professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs and the Chair of the Faculty Senate (AY 2024-25) for American University. A political theorist, he is the author of Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment(Cambridge, 2015) and a co-editor of The Political Thought of the Civil War (University of Kansas Press, 2018). He directs AU’s Lincoln Scholars Program, a core texts certificate program for first and second year students, and is a co-editor of the journal American Political Thought. In 2021-22 Merrill was the faculty co-chair of AU’s Working Group on Free Expression, which drafted the university’s Policy on Freedom of Expression and Expressive Conduct and AU’s Statement of Values on Free Expression. He is currently faculty co-chair of AU’s new Working Group on Free Expression, which is considering the university’s free expression commitments in the light of antisemitism and Islamophobia.

Discussion/Q & A

Moderated by Brandon Dupont

Academic Freedom and Free Expression Updates

Webinar Resources

Callan, E. (2016). Education in Safe and Unsafe Spaces. Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 24(1), 64-78.

Wahl, R. (2019). On the Ethics of Open-Mindedness in the Age of Trump. Educational Theory, 69(4), 455-472.

Statement of Values on Free Expression American University As adopted by the Faculty Senate of American University, May 4, 2022

American University. Policy: Freedom of Expression and Expressive Conduct, revised effective August 29, 2022

Academic Leaders Task Force on Free Expression (n.d.). Campus Free Expression: A New Roadmap. Retrieved March 14, 2024, from