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.

If your chapter or conference is planning or interested in holding a centennial event, the national office can help. Write to centennial@aaup.org for more information and to have your event listed on this page.

Centennial Events

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

January 2, 2015

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.

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

January 8, 2015

"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 (Pennsylvania State University), and Donna L. Potts (Washington State University).

Wright State University Spring Semester Speaker Series

January 14–April 13, 2015

Cosponsored by AAUP-WSU and the Wright State Faculty Administration, this speaker series celebrates the centennial of the AAUP and the contributions of all those who have served in leadership positions within the chapter.

Download a flyer about the event here.

Risa Lieberwitz, AAUP General Counsel, Cornell University
“’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 Fail: 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)

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

January 22, 2015

The AAUP presented a panel at the 2015 annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Featured presenters from the AAUP included:

  • Hans-Joerg Tiede, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Risa Lieberwitz, AAUP General Counsel, Cornell University
  • David Kociemba, President, Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College, Emerson College

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

February 14, 2015

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 about the event here.

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wesleyan University
Exley Science Center
265 Church Street, Middletown, CT


9:30–10:00 a.m.
Coffee and registration

10:00–11:30 a.m.
Aaron Nisenson, 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, recent court decisions affecting applicability of the Yeshiva decision, and expanding the First Amendment rights of faculty at public institutions.

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
“To Make Collective Action Possible” a plenary luncheon by Hans-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.

1:00–2:30 p.m.
Emily McCann, 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.

2:30–3:15 p.m.
Breakout sessions on AAUP chapter development, strengthening shared governance, faculty handbooks, campus “branding”, Organizing 101, and more.

3:15–3:30 p.m.
Coffee and Networking

3:30–4:00 p.m.
Moderated discussion on what the future holds for faculty in Connecticut

"Celebrating Academic Freedom: The AAUP at 100"

March 13, 2015

California State University, East Bay, hosted 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 was followed by a gala evening celebration of the AAUP's centennial year and of AAUP first vice president and CSUEB history professor Hank Reichman's retirement. The event also featured the presentation of a resolution from the state of California honoring the AAUP.

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

"The American Association of University Professors at 100: Dr. Steven Salaita and the Question of Academic Freedom"

April 1, 2015

Franklin & Marshall College
4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Weis House Great Room
Dinner Reception to follow at the Writers House, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

To mark the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the AAUP, the F&M AAUP, with support from the Writers House and Weis House, will host a talk by Steven Salaita on the subject of the current threats to academic freedom. As major media outlets reported this past summer, trustees at the University of Illinois rescinded an offer of a tenured professorship to Dr. Salaita, a scholar of Native American and indigenous studies, on the grounds that several of his Twitter messages about Israel's policies in Gaza were uncivil.

The Salaita case raises serious issues related to the AAUP’s 2011 recommendations on the hiring of politically controversial professors; the AAUP’s recently revised guidelines regarding electronic communications and the use of social media; the AAUP’s policies regarding the criterion of “collegiality” in tenure and promotion; and, not least, its guidance on the role of chancellors and trustees in faculty decision-making.

This event is an occasion for the F&M academic community to discuss the nature of academic freedom, faculty governance, and the best ways to ensure the free exchange of ideas and is intended for faculty, students, and academic professionals.

"Safeguarding Academic Freedom in the 21st Century"

April 21, 2015

2015 AAG Annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 4:40 p.m.–6:20 p.m.
Skyway 260, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

The AAG is hosting a celebration of the AAUP's centennial at its annual meeting.

Hans-Joerg Tiede, Professor of Computer Science at Illinois Wesleyan University, will address the principles of academic freedom: what academic freedom is, why it matters, and how it is safeguarded. The presentation will include a discussion of relevant AAUP policies for protecting academic freedom.

More information is available at http://news.aag.org/2015/02/aag-plans-centennial-celebration-for-professors-association/.

"Academic Freedom and Shared Governance: The AAUP Centennial"

April 24–25, 2015

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

  • Hans-Joerg Tiede, Professor of Computer Science, Illinois Wesleyan University, and chair of the AAUP Assembly of State Conferences
  • Risa Lieberwitz, Professor of Labor and Employment Law, Cornell University, and AAUP general counsel
  • Nastaran Mohit, Faculty Organizer, Kaplan Teachers Union
  • Joe Berry, Professor of Labor Education and History, University of Illinois and Roosevelt University, and author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower

More information on the conference and a full list of speakers can be found at http://nysaaup.org/.

"Academic Freedom: Past, Present, Future"

April 25, 2015

Johns Hopkins University is hosting a conference focusing on the AAUP's centennial at its Baltimore campus in Gilman Hall, Room 50, on Saturday, April 25. The conference will include the following speakers and presenters:

  • Michael Mann, Director, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University
  • Hans-Joerg Tiede, Professor of Computer Science, Illinois Wesleyan University, and chair of the AAUP Assembly of State Conferences
  • Steven Salaita, Native American Studies 
  • Andrew Ross, Professor of Sociology, New York University
  • Julie Schmid, Executive Director, AAUP

View the full program and photos from the event.

Northeast AAUP Alliance Reception

September 17, 2015

King's College (PA)
Widman Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center
September 17, 4:30-6:00 PM

The AAUP chapter at King’s College is hosting a reception on September 17, 2015, focusing on the history and work of the AAUP. AAUP Pennsylvania president John Hinshaw will speak about the history and work of the AAUP, and banners that detail the hundred-year history of AAUP, created for the AAUP's centennial, will be displayed in the King’s Art Gallery. The King’s College faculty have recently re-established their chapter and have joined together with a number of other chapters in their region to establish the new Northeast AAUP Alliance. Faculty from AAUP chapters at King’s College, Misericordia University, Marywood University, Wilkes University, and University of Scranton are invited to the event.