ACADEMIC FREEDOM LECTURE FUND, 2002-2003

 

Thomas E. Moore

 

During the past year, William E. Bolcom, composer and Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Music, University of Michigan, Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York and former President of Brown University, and Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union and Professor of Law, New York Law School, joined Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University, Vincent A. Blasi, Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties, Columbia University, Robert M. O’Neil, Director of The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, University of Virginia, and Eugene L. Roberts, Professor of Journalism, University of Maryland, as members of the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund (AFLF) Advisory Board. 

Management of the invested funds of AFLF has been transferred to the Ann Arbor offices of Merrill Lynch.  A revised statement of investment goals and policies has been adopted, and a standing Investment Committee of five members of the Fund, currently chaired by Edward Chudacoff, has been created to aid the Board and Merrill Lynch in managing the invested funds.  The AFLF has been incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) corporation (AFLF, Inc.) and the Constitution has been amended to incorporate this change and the standing Investment Committee.

In October, 2002, Catherine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor, University of Michigan Law School, presented the University of Michigan Senate’s Twelfth Annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom, entitled “From Powerlessness to Power: The Uses of Academic Freedom” to an overflow audience in the Honigman Auditorium of the Law School.  This was the largest audience attracted thus far to this annual lecture series co-sponsored by AFLF, AAUP, the University Senate, the Law School, and the Office of the President.  David D. Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University, will present the Thirteenth Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on October 20, 2003.  Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present the Fourteenth Annual Lecture in October, 2004.

The Board continues to explore at least two important issues.  One is the creation of a University-wide Davis, Markert, Nickerson Visiting Professorship.  Another is the possibility of duplicating and distributing copies of Adam Kulakow’s 1989 University of Michigan Honors Thesis, a 90 minute VCR Program, “Keeping in Mind: The McCarthy Era at The University of Michigan.”  This documentary explores national and local events surrounding the suspensions of professors H. Chandler Davis, Clement L. Markert, and Mark Nickerson in 1955, and the subsequent terminations of Davis and Nickerson.

The Academic Freedom Lecture Fund is a Sec. 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.  All contributions to it are tax deductible under IRS regulations.  Information about the history of the annual lecture, establishment of the Fund, and making donations can be found on the Fund’s web page at http://www.umich.edu/~aflf.


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