Renowned climate scientist Michael E. Mann took on those who deny climate change and highlighted the importance of acting to combat this environmental threat during Tuesday's University Senate Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom.
Climate scientist and author Michael Mann believes that skepticism in science is a good thing.
But when some people flatly disregard scientifically proven facts — as in the case of climate change — it can create problems that delay efforts to come up with solutions or additional discussions, he said.
Personal privacy and free expression in the online world often are seen as competing interests, but they are not incompatible and actually work together, according to a leading scholar and advocate in electronic privacy law.
Imagine living in Europe and unsuccessfully requesting that Google or Yahoo! erase links to accurate — but less than favorable — information about yourself.
Two scholars shared their insights on topics related to issues of academic freedom Thursday during the 25th annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom.
By refusing to answer questions about their political associations in 1954, three U-M faculty members brought attention to the importance of academic and intellectual freedom as fundamental values for a university in a free society.
Battles over religious liberty being waged as part of America's culture wars likely won't be resolved unless both sides accept "live and let live" solutions that require each to compromise on broad, strongly held views, one of the nation's leading authorities on the topic said Thursday.
Douglas Laycock, one of the nation's leading authorities on religious liberty, will give the 24th Annual University of Michigan Senate's Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom on Nov. 6.
The lecture is at 4 p.m. in the Honigman Auditorium at the Law School. It is free and open to the public.
Academic freedom is complicated as a matter of both educational policy and First Amendment right, but it belongs primarily to individual teachers and only secondarily to the university as an institution, a civil liberties lawyer and author says.