Liberal Education, Spring 2006

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Academic Freedom

Among the articles on the featured topic is an official statement from AAC&U’s board of directors, as well as three responses to it. Also included is a discussion of the relationship between academic advising and liberal learning, a report from two engaged learning experiments, and a look at an institutional change initiative designed to foster "equity-mindedness."

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President's Message

By Carol Geary Schneider

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By David Tritelli

Featured Topic

A Statement of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

By David A. Hollinger, Anne D. Neal, and Bruce Robbins
The authors offer three different perspectives on the Statement on Academic Freedom and Educational Responsibility.

By Gary Wihl
Because of the conflation of academic freedom and First Amendment freedoms, and because of the escalation of controversy into litigation, university administrators deal less and less with actual political problems and rather more with politicized speech and risk management.

By Grant H. Cornwell and Eve Walsh Stoddard
Students have to learn both how to think critically about their own positionalities and how to engage various other perspectives on the issues they seek to understand and to judge. This need for multiple perspectives is the grounds of a global epistemology; it is also the most basic argument for diversity in liberal education.

By Lee Knefelkamp
This simple exercise helps students treat each other with respect—especially when the topics are controversial. And it helps students begin to understand the intellectual tasks required of them.

Liberal Education and America's Promise

By Ned Scott Laff
The advising process offers perhaps the best opportunity for helping students become more intentional about their own educations, as well as for helping them to recognize the value of a liberal education. To make the most of this opportunity, advising must be reconceived as liberal learning.


By Troy Duster and Alice Waters
Two experiments—one at the K–12 level, in the public school system in Berkeley, California, and the other at the undergraduate level, at Yale University—draw on the pedagogically engaging aspects of cultivating, cooking, and eating food.

By Edlyn Vallejo Peña, Estela Mara Bensimon, Julia Colyar
Researchers at the Center for Urban Education have developed and pilot-tested an institutional change intervention designed to increase awareness of the differences in educational outcomes across racial and ethnic groups, and to encourage “equity-mindedness” in campus members who seek to eliminate them.

My View

By Daniel F. Sullivan
Has there been anything really new to say about freedom of speech since Milton wrote in defense of it over 350 years ago?

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