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Saturday, 08 January

434. Graduate Students and Academic Freedom

8:30–9:45 a.m., Diamond Salon 7, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities

Presiding: Michael Bérubé, Penn State Univ., University Park

Speakers: Dan Colson, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Jessica Lucero, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas; Cary Nelson, American Assn. of Univ. Professors; Jennifer Nichols, American Assn. of Univ. Professors; Matthew Thiele, Auburn Univ., Auburn; Michael Verderame, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana

For faculty members, academic freedom pertains to freedom in research and the publication of the results thereof, freedom in teaching, and freedom to speak as a public citizen. But for graduate students, the meaning of academic freedom remains profoundly unclear. How can we best understand the ideals of academic freedom in relation to the actual conditions under which graduate students do their research and teaching?

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