What’s Next For Daily Academic Freedom?

I’m swamped with other work right now and daily blogging is a heck of a grind. But I’m trying to keep posting a few words each day even when I’m super busy just to stay in the habit.

For today’s quick, brief post, I thought I’d let you know about the longer posts I plan to write, and the larger project that is starting to come into view.

Here are the posts I haven’t written yet, but need to:

  • the conclusion of my neglected series considering whether tenure helps or harms academic freedom. Here’s the first post in that series. I wrote quite a few following that first post and then got waylaid by other things. The series deserves a conclusion, and I’m cooking one up for you.
  • the conclusion of my discussion of what academic freedom looks like — or should look like — for graduate students. Here’s the most recent salvo in that discussion.
  • my long-promised analysis of the extramural expression aspect of academic freedom. Here’s the initial IOU I issued for that post. The post I’m cooking up actually reflects an area where I’ve changed my mind since I started daily blogging about academic freedom. As recently as early January, I thought that profs should more or less shut up about stuff outside of their disciplinary wheelhouse when they talk to the public. In particular, I thought that about a certain notorious psychologist at U of T. Much to my own surprise, my view on this has changed. I want to explain that to you, but I want to take the time to get it right. (Or, at least, not too catastrophically wrong, and not wrong in a way that means work or grief for folks who have felt harmed by that psychologist’s extramural expression.)
  • some further discussion of the interaction between academic freedom and collegial governance, especially as these things play out in strike/lock-out scenarios. A colleague has been urging me to do this work. I agree it’s important, and I promise it’s on my radar.
  • I have a lot more to say about academic freedom as it intersects with social justice, equity, diversity, and human rights. I mean, that could be a blog in itself. I’ll chip away at that important stuff as I’m able. But again, I think it’s really important to be careful so as not to make this blog a (yet another) burden for the racialized, Indigenous, disabled, and LGBTQ folks who bear the brunt when the rubber meets the road.
  • as well, I still have two academic freedom posts forthcoming on the blog of the Canadian Philosophical Association. I discuss and link the first post in that series here. Post #2 in that series offers a primer on what academic freedom is, and points to some complexities in the concept. In the final post in that series, I’ll try to map the relationship between (and the difference between) academic freedom and constitutionally protected freedom of expression, with a bit of attention on the side to some recent controversies over campus speakers and campus free expression.

Whoa. That’s a lot. But it’s coming. I promise.

As well, I am in the very early stages of turning this blog into a book. I’ll say more about that as the project shapes up.

Meanwhile, I will keep beavering away.

By Pearson Scott Foresman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons