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May 2023

May Update from the Academic Freedom Alliance We hope everyone had a successful end to their spring semester. As we enter the summer months, the AFA will remain active and engaged, continuing to fund cases and monitor any new academic freedom controversies on...

April 2023

April Update from the Academic Freedom Alliance As we near the end of the spring semester, the AFA is hard at work defending faculty under fire for protected speech. We are actively supporting the legal funding of five new cases and exploring getting involved in...

March 2023

March Update from the Academic Freedom Alliance Marking our Two Year Anniversary March 8th marked two years since the launch of the Academic Freedom Alliance. We’ve grown our membership and expanded our outreach and involvement in myriad ways.  While the AFA has sent...

February 2023

February Update from the Academic Freedom Alliance Newest Additions to our Interview Series This month, we released two new interviews as part of our regular series of conversations with leading scholars on academic freedom issues.  The first is a conversation with...

January 2023

January Update from the Academic Freedom Alliance The Academic Freedom Alliance is off to a busy start in 2023. Below is a summary of our key actions from this month. Letter to Hamline University On January 2, the AFA sent a letter to Hamline University regarding its...

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Please direct all media inquiries to: press@academicfreedom.org

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

AFA News

AFA Calls for An End to Required Diversity Statements

AFA Calls for An End to Required Diversity Statements Statement says forced pledges of conformity “threaten to impose a suffocating orthodoxy” PRINCETON, NJ – The Academic Freedom Alliance (AFA) today released a statement urging institutions of higher education to...

AFA Sends Letter to Penn on Amy Wax

AFA Sends Letter to Penn on Amy Wax Letter calls for end to consideration of “major sanction” against Wax PRINCETON, NJ – The Academic Freedom Alliance (AFA) today sent a letter to the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in defense of Professor Amy Wax, Robert Mundheim...

Remembering John Hardy Lewis

Remembering John Hardy Lewis The Academic Freedom Alliance (AFA) joins with friends, family, and the legal community in remembering John Hardy Lewis, a member of our Legal Advisory Council, a distinguished attorney, and an admired member of his community. Mr. Lewis...

AFA Sends Letter to St. Olaf College in Minnesota

AFA Sends Letter to St. Olaf College in Minnesota Letter calls out a “grievous assault on the intellectual climate of the college” PRINCETON, NJ – The Academic Freedom Alliance (AFA) today sent a letter to St. Olaf College regarding its decision to rescind Professor...

Opinion and Commentary

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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

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

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