Michigan Senator Liz Brater was the keynote speaker at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Chapter on Monday, May 3, 2004. Senator Brater discussed the subject of state support of higher education. She said that the financial condition of Michigan was poor and that future funding for higher education, although difficult to predict, would probably continue to be markedly compromised.
The Chapter was a co-sponsor of the highly successful Fourteenth Annual University of Michigan Senate’s Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom that was delivered on October 28, 2004 by MIT Professor Noam Chomsky. For further details see the report on the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund elsewhere in this newsletter.
At the Chapter’s Fall Meeting social psychologist and writer Dr. Carol Tavris delivered a lecture entitled “Pills, Profits, Sex and Science: The Erosion of Academic Freedom in the Corporate Age.” This lecture was co-sponsored by the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund, the Center for the Education of Women, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the University of Michigan Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
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