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KSU Safe Spaces Presents: Academic Freedom Day

The Faculty Collective that organizes Safe Spaces is pleased to announce a series of events for “ACADEMIC FREEDOM” day, which will take place on Wednesday April 18.


There will be a series of workshops during the day following by a lecture by Steven Salaita entitled “The Neoliberal University and the End of Academic Freedom”

Here’s the schedule of events for April 18

  1. “Targeting Academic Freedom” in KSC 313 between 10-1130am

Texas A&M Professor Tommy Curry, who will detail his challenges and well as put into perspective the challenges to academic freedom faculty are facing.

  1. “Academic Freedom in Practice” in KSC 313 between 1230-2pm

Prof. Jennifer Larson, Chapter President of AAUP-KSU, will discuss contested aspects of academic freedom in the daily lives of professors, followed by Q&A.

  1. “The Student experience and Academic Freedom” in KSC 316 between 1230-2pm

This workshop will feature leaders of student organizations and faculty members discussing issues of academic freedom in classrooms and how to best navigate the current climate.

  1. “The Neoliberal University and the Limits of Academic Freedom” in Michael Schwartz 177 between 6-8pm.

This lecture will feature Steven Salaita who will discuss the corporatization of university campuses as well as the state of academic freedom in the contemporary US.


Speaker: Steven Salaita is a former professor of English and Native American Studies, who now writes for various publications. He is the author of eight books, most recently Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine. His current project is titled We Could Be Free: Palestine in the Revolutionary Imagination


Academic Freedom Day is sponsored by various departments, institutes, colleges, and divisions at Kent State University.


POSTED: Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:24pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:24pm