Celebrating the Centennial

The centennial is an occasion for celebration at the local as well as the national level. Chapters and conferences can raise awareness about AAUP principles and strengthen the Association by holding colloquia, centennial membership drives, and other events.

The national AAUP’s centennial celebration will culminate at the 2015 annual meeting in Washington, DC, and centennial-themed events will be held throughout 2014 and 2015.

Centennial Events

January-April, 2015

Wright State University Spring Semester Speaker Series

Co-Sponsored by AAUP-WSU and the Wright State Faculty Administration, the speaker series will celebrate the centennial of the AAUP and the contributions of all those who have served in leadership positions within the Chapter.

Download a flyer on the event here.

Risa Lieverwitz, AAUP General Counsel
“’Corporatization’ vs. Academic Freedom: Can Faculty Shared Governance Be Saved?”
Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Discovery A (163A SU)

John McNay, University of Cincinnati 
“The Defeat of SB 5: Building for the Future on a Historic Victory”
Monday, January 26, 1:00 p.m.
Discovery A (163A SU)

Howard Bunsis, Eastern Michigan University, AAUP-CBC Chair
“Higher Education and State Legislatures Have All Lost Their Way”
Thursday, February 5, 1:00 p.m.
Rathskeller (008) SU

Hans-Joerg Tiede, Assembly of State Conferences Chair, Illinois Wesleyan University
“University Reform: The Founding of the AAUP”
Thursday, February 26, 1:00 p.m.

Miranda Merklein, Santa Fe Community College
“Higher Ed Fall: Combating Contingency and Corporatization with Adjunct Activism”
Monday, March 16, 1:00 p.m.
Discovery A (163A SU)

Hank Reichman, AAUP First Vice-President, California State University, East Bay
“Can I Tweet That? Academic Freedom and the New Social Media”
Monday, March 30, 1:00 p.m.

John Wilson
“Forbidden Tweets: Academic Freedom and the Case of Steven Salaita”
Monday, April 13, 1:00 p.m.
Discovery A (163A SU)

January 2, 2015

"The American Association of University Professors at 100: A Century of Activity in Defense of Academic Freedom"

A session was held at the American Historical Association's annual meeting on "The American Association of University Professors at 100: A Century of Activity in Defense of Academic Freedom," cosponsored by the AHA Professional Division. The session included the following papers:

  • They Could Be Flying Machine Advocates: Academic Freedom and the Founding of the American Association of University Professors, Hans-Joerg Tiede, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Academic Freedom under Fire: The American Association of University Professors from McCarthyism to the 1970s, Ellen Schrecker, Yeshiva University
  • Individualism, Professionalism, and Economic Security: Academic Freedom, Collective Bargaining, and the American Association of University Professors, Henry Reichman, California State University, East Bay

Joan Scott, Institute for Advanced Study, and Clyde Barrow, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, served as commentators.  

January 8, 2015

“There's a Policy for That: Protecting Your Academic Rights”

"There's a Policy for That: Protecting Your Academic Rights” featured a discussion of recent AAUP policies on contingent faculty positions, Program Discontinuance, Sexual Harassment, and Intellectual Property by Gwendolyn Bradley (AAUP National Office), Michael Bérubé (Penn State University), and Donna L. Potts (Washington State University).

More information on the MLA's annual convention can be found at http://www.mla.org/convention. 


January 22, 2015

"The 1940 AAUP/AAC&U Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure Today"

The AAUP will present a panel at the Association of American Colleges & Universities' 2015 annual meeting. Featured presenters from the AAUP are: 

  • Julie Schmid, Executive Director, AAUP, American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
  • Hans-Joerg Tiede, Professor of Computer Science, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Risa Lieberwitz, Professor of Labor and Employment Law; General Counsel, AAUP, Cornell University
  • David Kociemba, President, Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College, Emerson College.


February 14, 2015

"American Association of University Professors Centennial: Celebrating 100 Years of Activism"

The Connecticut State Conference of the AAUP is celebrating the AAUP's centennial with a day of advocacy, renewal, activism, organization and celebration on Saturday, February 14 at Wesleyan University.

Download a flyer on the event here.

9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Wesleyan University
Exley Science Center
265 Church Street, Middletown, CT


Coffee and Registration

Aaron Nisenson, National AAUP Senior Counsel, will provide an up-to-the-minute update on legal developments concerning the academy with plenty of time for Q&A. Topics covered will include recent National Labor Relations Board decisions expanding the ability to form faculty unions at private universities, and recent court decisions affecting applicability of the Yeshiva decision, and expanding the First Amendment rights of faculty at public institutions.

“To Make Collective Action Possible” a Plenary Luncheon by Professor Joerg Tiede, Professor of Computer Science at Illinois Wesleyan University and Editor of the Centennial Edition of the Redbook, on the early history of the AAUP.

Emily McCann, National AAUP Organizer for the Northeast, will provide techniques and tips for building faculty power through organizing. Topics covered include identifying faculty concerns, developing effective communication strategies, and tactical use of collective action. Whether faculty on your campus have an AAUP chapter or not, and whether that chapter is organized for advocacy or collective bargaining, you’ll be able to use information from this presentation on your campus.

Breakout sessions to choose from on: AAUP chapter development, strengthening shared governance, Faculty Handbooks, campus “branding”, Organizing 101, and more.

Coffee and Networking

Moderated Discussion on what the future holds for faculty in Connecticut

March 13, 2015

"Celebrating Academic Freedom: The AAUP at 100," a conference and commemoration at California State University, East Bay.

Join CSUEB faculty and students, as well as faculty from around the Bay Area, California and the nation in an afternoon conference on academic freedom in America, with presentations by nationally prominent specialists, CSUEB faculty and students on the history and practice of academic freedom in universities, community colleges, libraries, and faculty unions, including a keynote address by renowned feminist scholar Joan Wallach Scott, Harold Linder Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.

The conference will be followed by a gala evening celebration of the American Association of University Professors' centennial year and of AAUP First Vice-President and CSUEB history professor Hank Reichman's retirement.

More information on the event can be found at http://www20.csueastbay.edu/oaa/aaup/

Download a flyer on the event here.

April 24 – 25, 2015

“Academic Freedom and Shared Governance: The AAUP Centennial”

The New York State Conference of the AAUP is hosting a conference at Columbia University in New York City from April 24-25, 2015. The conference will include the following speakers and presenters:

  • Hans-Joerg Tiede, Professor of Computer Science, Illinois Wesleyan University & chair of the AAUP Assembly of State Conferences
  • Joe Berry, Professor of Labor Education and History at the University of Illinois and Roosevelt University, and the author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower.

More information on the conference can be found at http://nysaaup.org/.