The Global Challenge
Edited by Michael Ignatieff and Stefan Roch
Michael Ignatieff is President and Rector of the Central European University. Ignatieff comes to CEU after serving as Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice of the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. An international commentator on contemporary issues of democracy, human rights, and governance and a Canadian citizen, Ignatieff is also an award-winning writer, teacher, former politician, and historian with a deep knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe.
Stefan Roch is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Rectorate of Central European University.
Academic freedom—the institutional autonomy of scientific, research and teaching institutions, and the freedom of individual scholars and researchers to pursue controversial research and publish controversial opinions—is a cornerstone of any free society. Today this freedom is under attack from the state in many parts of the world but it is also under question from within academe. Bitter disputes have erupted about whether liberal academic freedoms have degenerated into a form of coercive political correctness. Populist currents of political opinion are questioning the price a society pays for the freedom of its ‘experts’ and professors.
This volume summarizes the highlights of the discussions of international experts and political figures who examined the state of academic freedom world-wide at a gathering in the summer of 2017. Topics range widely, from the closing of universities in Turkey and the narrowing space for academic freedom in Hungary, China and Russia, to the controversies about free speech roiling American campuses. The book contains thoughtful historical analysis of the origins of the ideal of academic freedom; eloquent testimony from the front lines of the battle to defend the academy as a free space for controversial thought; as well as analysis of how university autonomy and self-government are endangered by hostile political forces around the world.
164 pages, paperback
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ACADEMIC FREEDOM FROM WITHOUT AND WITHIN
ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND THE TENSION BETWEEN UNIVERSITY AND STATE
THE THREAT WITHOUT: STATE PRACTICES AND BARRIERS TO ACADEMIC FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD
Three Ideas on Academic Freedom, Liviu Matei
Academic Freedom in the UK, the Indian Subcontinent and Bangladesh, Nirmala Rao
Academic Freedom and Universities in Continental Europe, Helga Nowotny
Academic Freedom: the Global Challenge and the Case of Turkey, Ayşe Kadıoğlu
What is Academic Freedom? Perspectives from New York and Abu Dhabi, Catharine R. Stimpson
THE THREAT WITHIN: THE STRUGGLE FOR AND AGAINST ACADEMIC FREEDOM WITHIN U.S. UNIVERSITIES
The Fundamental role of Academic Freedom and Free Inquiry in US Higher Education, Jonathan R. Cole
Lessons from Middlebury, Allison Stanger
Academic Freedom and Controversial Speech about Campus Governance, Rogers Brubaker
Academic Freedom in the US and its Enemies: a Polemic, Leon Botstein
TAKING ACCOUNT OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN HUNGARY
Key Developments in Hungarian Higher Education, Attila Chikán
University Autonomy in Hungary in Perspective, István Kenesei
Historical Foundations of Academic Freedom in Hungary, Katalin Tausz
Quality Assurance in Hungarian Universities and Increasing Political Bias, Valéria Csépe
The Situation in Hungary from the Perspective of Private Universities, László Vass
FREEDOM AND ITS ENEMIES, OR HOW TO BE A GOOD CITIZEN IN A TANGLED WORD
Mario Vargas Llosa