University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole was the keynote speaker at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Chapter at noon on Monday, April 27, 2005, in the Michigan Room of the Michigan League. Professor Cole's talk was entitled "Middle Eastern Studies Faces New Forms of Censorship."
The Chapter was a co-sponsor of the Fifteenth Annual University of Michigan Senate's Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom that was delivered on October 6, 2005 by Floyd Abrams, William J. Brennan, Jr. Visiting Professor of First Amendment Law at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a partner at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel. In his lecture, entitled "Whose Academic Freedom?" Mr. Abrams spoke both of his defense of New York Times reporter Judith Miller in the White House CIA leak case and of specific issues related to academic freedom at American universities and colleges.
At the Chapter's Fall Meeting Robert M. O'Neil, Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, former President of the University of Virginia, and former General Counsel and chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure for the AAUP, addressed recommendations to change the tenure-probationary period made by the University of Michigan Provost's Committee to Consider a More Flexible Tenure Probationary Period This lecture was co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Senate Assembly.