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Academic Freedom in Hostile Times: A Chat with AAUP

Tuesday, August 22, 2023


4:00 pm Eastern


Academic Freedom in Hostile Times: A Chat with AAUP

As academics and onlookers know, higher education has been facing an onslaught of attacks and interference from various forces. This hostility toward free thought and free expression impacts us all. The Authors Guild invites you to a discussion with Michael DeCesare of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to discuss the importance of the organization’s work to protect academic freedom for all academic professionals.

Moderated by author and law professor Richard Thompson Ford, this webinar will explain the AAUP and its policy standards described in its widely known “Redbook.” DeCesare will address the relationships between academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance (the participation of faculty members in school policymaking).

A Q&A will follow the presentation; you can pre-submit a question when registering for the event. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend live.

The event will take place via Zoom with automatic closed captioning. To request any other accessibility features, please email and we will make every effort to accommodate.


Michael DeCesare is a senior program officer in the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance. Prior to joining the Association’s staff, he spent nearly two decades as a faculty member.

Richard Thompson Ford (moderator) is the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He writes for both scholarly and popular audiences in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and Slate, where he has been a regular contributor on legal affairs, as well as in the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. He has written several books, including The Race Card: How Bluffing about Bias Makes Race Relations Worse, Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality, and Dress Codes: How the Law of Fashion Made History.