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The AAUP Colorado Conference’s Symposium on Academic Freedom

April 3, 2017

At a time of shrinking higher education budgets, increased partisanship and new technologies that can magnify the audience for any kind of message, the Colorado Conference of the AAUP will consider the state of academic freedom in Colorado and across the country at CU-Boulder on April 29th. Our speakers are drawn from many disciplines and many levels of employment because this is an issue that affects all faculty, no matter where they teach or how stable their employment happens to be. Together we will consider not only the problems we face, but courses of action that our conference can take that will help preserve every professor’s rights and prerogatives.

The event will be held at the Kittredge Central Multipurpose room on the CU-Boulder campus and will last all day. However, feel free to join us for all or part of the program. The event is free and open to the public. Faculty at all employment levels and from all universities are encouraged to attend.

Here is the final schedule:

Morning Session

8:30-8:45, Opening Remarks, Steve Mumme, Co-President of the Colorado Conference of the AAUP

8:45-10:00, “Diversity and Academic Freedom,” featuring Peter Bonilla of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the University of Denver’s Claude d’Estree, CU-Boulder’s Christian Kopff, and Margaret LeCompte, President of the CU AAUP Chapter

10:00-11:15, “Contingency and the Profession,” featuring national AAUP Second Vice President Caprice Lawless, Maria Maisto, Execute Director of the New Faculty Majority, Nate Bork of Arapahoe Community College, the center of a recent AAUP academic freedom investigation, and Joe Berry, author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower, the seminal text on contingent faculty organizing

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:15, “Technology and the Future of Higher Equation,” featuring Jonathan Poritz of Colorado State University – Pueblo, co-author of Education Is Not an App

Afternoon Session

1:30-3:00, Keynote Speech from Ward Churchill, with an introduction by CU-Boulder’s Don Eron, member of the national AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 Keynote Speech from Alice Dreger, author of Galileo’s Middle Finger, with an introduction by Peter Bonilla of FIRE

If you have any questions about the symposium, please contact conference Co-President Steve Mumme at or Co-President Jonathan Rees at We look forward to seeing you there!

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