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August 21, 2019

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April 22, 2019

Faculty panel outlines principles for faculty-student interactions

A panel of University of Michigan faculty members has recommended a new core statement of principle for the interaction of faculty members with students that says faculty members “must base their actions solely on educational and professional reasons” except in the most unusual circumstances.

November 19, 2018

Talk to consider state interference in critique of government

University of North Carolina professor Gene Nichol will speak on “outside political interference with academic freedom and university-based freedom of speech” when he delivers the 28th annual Davis, Markert, and Nickerson Academic Freedom Lecture.

October 22, 2018

SACUA says recommendation decisions should be up to faculty

The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs issued a statement Monday declaring that although student merit should be the primary concern in providing letters of recommendation, the decision to write letters must remain in the hands of faculty members.

October 4, 2017

Academic freedom lecturer takes on claims of climate change deniers

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.

September 14, 2017

Academic Freedom Lecture to consider politics of climate change

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.

October 14, 2016

Academic freedom lecture explores 'the right to be forgotten'

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.

September 28, 2015

Speakers to mark 25th year of academic freedom lectures

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.

November 7, 2014

Mutual refusal to compromise threatens religious liberty, legal scholar says

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.

October 29, 2014

Laycock to address religious liberty in Academic Freedom Lecture

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.

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