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Harassment Investigation of USC Professor Dismissed

Inside Higher Ed
June 21, 2024


Florida Argues It Could Stop Professors From Criticizing Governor

Inside Higher Ed
June 21, 2024


At Harvard, Some Wonder What It Will Take to Stop the Spiral

The New York Times
February 20, 2024


The Fight Over Academic Freedom

The New York Times
February 16, 2024


College pays fired conservative professor $185,000 to avoid free speech lawsuit

The College Fix
December 27, 2023


War in Gaza Fuels Faculty Free Speech Battles

Inside Higher Ed
December 18, 2023


Free Speech on Campus

Harvard Magazine
December 13, 2023


Professor Says Spelman Raised Students’ Grades, Fired Him

Inside Higher Ed
November 28, 2023


USC Professor Suspended After Telling Anti-Israel Protesters, ‘Hamas Are Murderers'

The Washington Free Beacon
November 27, 2023


Doctor Sues Mayo Clinic Claiming Retaliation For His Public Comments On Transgender Sports

Legal Insurrection
November 20, 2023

A Speech About Free Speech Is Shouted Down

Inside Higher Ed
September 27, 2023

Are Diversity Statements Illegal?

The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 31, 2023

Optimism About the Future of Higher Education

American Enterprise Institute
April 27, 2023

Why Academic Freedom Matters

The Philadelphia Citizen
March 29, 2023

When Professors Offend Students

December 16, 2021

A ‘Roadmap’ for Campus Speech

Inside Higher Ed
December 1, 2021

So They’re Trying to Shut You Up

The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 4, 2021

Some Academic Freedom Victories

Keith E. Whittington, Reason
May 5, 2021

Free Speech Is Under Threat on College Campuses. Here’s How to Fight Back.

Keith E. Whittington, National Review 
March 18, 2021

Fresh Hope for Campus Free Speech

Editorial Board, New York Post
March 15, 2021

A Star Is Born!!! The Academic Freedom Alliance

Richard Vedder, Forbes Magazine
March 15, 2021

Speaking the Truth: Heed the Words of Frederick Douglass

Lucas E. Morel, Persuasion
March 12, 2021

More Defenders of Campus Free Speech

Wall Street Journal
March 9, 2021

Academic Freedom Alliance: Q & A with Keith Whittington

Princetonians For Free Speech
March 8, 2021

Opinion and Commentary

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A Harvard Dean's Assault on Faculty Speech

Keith E. Whittington, The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 20, 2024


What to Do When You’re Canceled

Ilya Shapiro, City Journal
Spring, 2024

A College Free Speech Crisis: Highway to the (Intellectual) Danger Zone

Nathan Goetting, Discourse
March 12, 2024


A Call for Institutional Neutrality

Keith E. Whittington, Reason
February 7, 2024


The Future of Academic Freedom

Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker
January 27, 2024

Political Solidarity Statements Threaten Academic Freedom

Keith E. Whittington, The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 26, 2024

I Was Canceled

Will Moravits, Minding the Campus
January 17, 2024


Colleges Can Recommit to Free Speech or Double Down on Sensitivity

Keith E. Whittington, The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 7, 2023

Academic Freedom Prohibits Censorship and Punishment, Not Judgment

Jeffrey S. Flier and Steven A. Pinker, The Harvard Crimson
October 26, 2023

Academia's selective defense of free speech

Washington Examiner
October 17, 2023

When Commitments to Free Speech and Against Antisemitism Collide

Jeffrey Herbst, Inside Higher Ed
October 17, 2023

Pushing Back the Administrative Machine Takes Time

Samuel J. Abrams, AEI
October 3, 2023

A Glimmer of Hope in Higher Education

By Susan J. Crawford and Kenneth G. Langone, The Wall Street Journal
October 3, 2023


A Recent Appeals-Court Ruling Imperils Academic Freedom

Keith E. Whittington, The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 10, 2023

The Ideological Subversion of Biology

Jerry A. Coyne and Luana S. Maroja, Skeptical Inquirer
July, 2023

Universities Shouldn’t Be Ideological Churches

Robert P. George, The Atlantic
June 15, 2023

Still Trying to Kill Tenure in Texas

Keith E. Whittington, The Volokh Conspiracy (Reason)
May 8, 2023

New faculty-led organization at Harvard will defend academic freedom

Steven Pinker and Bertha Madras, The Boston Globe
April 12, 2023

Conservative Faculty Are Outliers on Campus Today

Samuel J. Abrams, RealClearEducation
March 23, 2023

The Search for Truth at Cornell University

Randy Wayne, Heterodox STEM (Substack)
Feb 6, 2023

Yes, DEI Can Erode Academic Freedom. Let's Not Pretend Otherwise.

Amna Khalid and Jeffrey Aaron Snyder, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Feb 6, 2023

A Canceled Cancellation

Scott Richard Lyons, Inside Higher Ed
July 29, 2022

Contingency v. Orthodoxy

Steven McGuire, Inside Higher Ed
July 7, 2022

Rebuilding a Culture of Academic Freedom

Keith Whittington, Law & Liberty
June 17, 2022

I’m a Conservative Professor Who Opposed Safe Spaces. I Was Wrong.

Jon A. Shields, The New York Times
April 7, 2022

Academic freedom cannot make an exception for hate speech

Keith E. Whittington, The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 27, 2022

The intellectual freedom that made public colleges great is under threat

Keith E. Whittington, The Washington Post
December 15, 2021

The Data Is In — Trigger Warnings Don’t Work

Amna Khalid & Jeffrey Aaron Snyder, The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 15, 2021

A Good Statement on Faculty Speech from Syracuse

Keith E. Whittington,
September 14, 2021

Is It Ever OK to Enunciate a Slur in the Classroom?

Randall Kennedy, The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 10, 2021

Ten Ways to Defend Against a Cancellation Attack

Lee Jussim, Psychology Today
December 22, 2020

Academics Are Really, Really Worried About Their Freedom

John McWhorter, The Atlantic 
September 1, 2020

Free Speech Prevails at Princeton

Robert P. George, First Things
July 28, 2020

Protecting Academic Freedom in the Black Lives Matter Era

Jonathan Zimmerman, Inside Higher Ed
June 22, 2020

The Legal Problem With Diversity Statements

Brian Leiter, The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 13, 2020

Can We Guarantee That Colleges Are Intellectually Diverse?

Molly Worthen, The New York Times
August 30, 2019

Unpopular Speech in A Cold Climate

Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker
March 14, 2019 

How a Dispute Over the N-Word Became a Dispiriting Farce

Randall Kennedy, The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 8, 2019

Free Speech Is a Core Tenet of the Academy. College Trustees Really Ought to Know That.

Keith E. Whittington, The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 5, 2018

Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression

A Statement by Robert P. George and Cornel West
March 14, 2017

The AFA does not endorse or take any position on the content or opinions represented in these works.


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New Scholarly Works on Academic Freedom

A transcription from the AFA’s recent annual meeting.

Learn More About the Academic Freedom Alliance

Individuals at academic institutions should not fear suppression or retaliation for teaching, writing, or speaking. We encourage you to join the movement in supporting the flourishing of intellectual life and the pursuit of knowledge and truth at institutions of higher learning.