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?