Collateral Damage: Faculty Free Speech in America After 9/11 by Patricia Somers & Susan B. Somers-Willett — August 01, 2002Historically, in times of national crisis, political dissent has been stifled. In the wake of September 11, faculty members across the country have been involved in conflicts with campus administrators and the public over freedom of expression. This article explores the changing terrain of academic freedom in the post-9/11 U.S. by examining three critical cases in which the extramural free speech rights of faculty members have been threatened. In all cases, university officials punished employees who voiced “unpopular” or “unpatriotic” sentiments which led to potential problems with donors, corporate partners, and consumers of the university. Given that more and more universities are adopting corporate models, these cases indicate a disturbing trend of favoring profit margins over academic freedom. We conclude that the current incursions will be challenged only through collective action by academic unions, faculty senates, and cultural workers.
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- On the Spirit of Patriotism:
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- Imagining Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism or Patriotism?
- On the Limits of Liberalism and Multiculturalism
- In Memoriam: Understanding Teaching as Public Service
- Mapping the Nation: John Walker as Pedagogical Text
- The Gender of Terror and Heroes? What Educators Might Teach About Men and Masculinity After September 11, 2001
- Messages to Ground Zero: Children Respond to September 11, 2001
- Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus
- Creating the Future of Faculty Development: Learning from the Past, Understanding the Future
- Forever After: New York City Teachers on 9/11
- Academic Freedom after September 11
- Should Courts Ban Demeaning Speech in Schools? The Ninth Circuit’s Controversial Anti-Gay T-Shirt Case
- “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” Should Not Be Protected Speech in the School Setting
- Stotter v. University of Texas at San Antonio: How a Minor Dispute About a Professor’s Office and Laboratory Became a Federal Lawsuit
- “I Support My Gay Friends”: Free Speech is Alive and Well in the Schools of the Florida Panhandle
- Speaking Up: The Unintended Costs of Free Speech in Public Schools
- Missing: Youth, Citizenship, and Empire after 9/11
- Framing Muslims: Stereotyping and Representation after 9/11
- Politics, Pedagogy and Power: Bullying in Faculties of Education
- Young Faculty in the Twenty-First Century: International Perspectives
- Reassessing the Social Studies Curriculum: Promoting Critical Civic Engagement in a Politically Polarized, Post-9/11 World
- Education Yes, Propaganda No
- Analysis Yes, Hasty Conclusions No
- Snowflakes, or a Moral Vacuum?
- Patricia Somers
University of Missouri – St. Louis
PATRICIA SOMERS is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She received the Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans. Her research interests include college students, international higher education, and legal issues in higher education.
- Susan Somers-Willett
University of Texas at Austin
SUSAN B.A. SOMERS-WILLETT is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin and is currently completing a dissertation entitled Authenticating Voices: Performance and Black Identity in Slam Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2002-3 American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship.