ACADEMIC FREEDOM LECTURE FUND, 2004-2005
Peggie J. Hollingsworth
2004 has been a successful year for the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund. In October MIT Professor Noam Chomsky delivered at the University of Michigan Law School the 14th Annual University of Michigan Senate’s Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom before an overflow audience, which included many students. His lecture, entitled “Illegal but Legitimate: A Dubious Doctrine for the Times,” and an interview of Professor Chomsky by WUOM radio host Todd Mundt, are being aired repeatedly by University of Michigan Television (Channel 22). In addition, you can download a streaming video recording of the lecture from the Fund’s website at http://www.umich.edu/~aflf .
In early December, the Fund co-sponsored a lecture by social psychologist and writer Carol Tavris. Dr. Tavris spoke about the impact that changes in the sources of research funding are having upon academic freedom in her lecture entitled “Pills, Profits, Sex and Science: the Erosion of Academic Freedom in the Corporate Age.” Both Professor Chomsky’s and Dr. Tavris’ lectures addressed issues relevant to those concerned with the preservation of academic and intellectual freedom in American society.
.In October, 2004, Cornell University President and former University of Michigan Law School Dean Jeffrey S. Lehman joined the Fund’s Advisory Board. Finally, this year William D. Ensminger and Peggie J. Hollingsworth were reelected and Wayne State University Professor Marion E. Jackson was elected to three-year terms on the Fund’s Board of Directors. At the Annual Meeting of the Fund on March 18, 2005, officers elected for 2005-2006 were Peggie J. Hollingsworth, President, Peter A. Duren, Treasurer, and Louis G. D’Alecy, Secretary. It now seems possible that 2006 will be the year in which we have at the University of Michigan the first Davis, Markert, Nickerson Visiting Professor. That individual will be expected to deliver public lectures and to meet with groups of students and faculty
Support for the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund comes from donations. The Fund is a Section 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and all contributions to it are tax deductible under IRS regulations. To learn more about the Fund visit its website referenced above.
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