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2019 Annual Conference

Highlights include a plenary session on the state of academic freedom, Friday night reception, and an awards and recognition luncheon. Online registration is now closed. 

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Program Highlights

Opening Plenary on the Future of Academic Freedom
Our opening plenary will feature a discussion with prominent figures in higher education and civil liberties work of the new book The Future of Academic Freedom, which raises important questions about the state of academic freedom and free expression on college and university campuses today. Confirmed participants include Henry Reichman, the book's author and chair of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure; Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University; Alyssa Picard, director of AFT Higher Education; Frederick Lawrence, secretary and CEO of Phi Beta Kappa; and Will Creeley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. AAUP members and conference participants are entitled to a 30 percent discount on the book with promo code HWUP. Order the book here.

Plenary Luncheon: Academic Freedom and the Threat to Higher Education in America

The Friday plenary luncheon will feature speaker Joan Wallach Scott, a long-standing member and former chair of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure and professor emerita at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Among her many books are the classic Gender and the Politics of History and the recent Sex and Secularism. Her latest book brings together her essays—spanning two decades—on academic freedom: Knowledge, Power, and Academic Freedom.  AAUP members and conference participants who order the book are entitled to a 30 percent discount on the book with promo code CUP30. 

Discussion Sessions 
In lieu of paper panels this year, we have organized peer-to-peer sessions in which chapters, staff, and members can share developments, successes, questions, and challenges. Topics include:

  • Current issues in shared governance
  • Bargaining a contract
  • Advocacy chapter interest group
  • Organizing locally around contingency
  • Chapter communications 
  • State government relations
  • Developing issue campaigns on campus
  • Post-Janus issues and strategies

AAUP Essentials
We'll also offer sessions that provide information about the essentials of AAUP principles and operations, including the following.

  • The national AAUP's work to protect and expand academic freedom and shared governance
  • The responsibilities of the administration, board, and faculty, as well as the main AAUP policies pertaining to governance 
  • Women in the academic profession, with a focus on Title IX


DoubleTree Hotel Washington, DC-Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Date & Time: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 8:45am to Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 4:45pm
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