Footage of CDAF’s Forum on Academic Freedom is Up on Youtube

July 19, 2009

CDAF understood that the Robinson case was an issue that a lot of people felt invested in, and that the case received international attention. As such, we expected the Forum on Academic Freedom to draw a crowd that would exceed the occupancy capacity of the sizable auditorium we reserved, and that there might be plenty of people who could not make the event due to, but not limited to, matters of sheer distance. Thus, we made arrangements to film the event, with the ultimate goal of posting footage of the event on Youtube so that anyone and everyone could still experience the forum at their own convenience.

As such, please find below footage of our event, which took place on May 21, 2009. Our speakers included the following:

  • Professor Geoff Raymond, who spoke on the mishandling of the case by the Academic Senate;
  • Professor Lisa Hajjar, who spoke on the history, definitions of, and debates surrounding academic freedom;
  • Professor Richard Falk, who placed the Robinson case within the historical context following Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, where criticisms of said operation have been stifled;
  • Professor Harold Marcuse, who spoke on how the Holocaust has been understood and deployed in the public sphere, as well as the analytical and pedagogical use of historical comparisons.

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AAUP urges UCSB Chancellor Yang to cooperate with an investigation of the charges against Professor Robinson

July 17, 2009

Once UC officials announced that no charges would be brought against Professor William I. Robinson on June 25, 2009, the American Association of University Professors responded by writing a letter to UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang, urging him to “cooperate fully” with the Academic Senate who, on June 4th, 2009, announced that they passed a resolution to investigate the mismanagement of student complaints against Professor Robinson. For more background an analysis of how the the student complaints were mismanaged and expeditiously processed, please read Academic Senate member and professor Geoff Raymond’s speech, which he delivered at CDAF-UCSB’s forum on academic freedom – an event that took place on May 21, 2009.

Please find the AAUP letter to Chancellor Yang, in its entirety, below:

AAUP Letter to UCSB Chancellor Yang  - June 25 2009