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Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2012
For more information, please contact Robin Burns

Ninety-eighth Annual Meeting of the AAUP

Washington, D.C.— The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will host its Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education on June 13–17, 2012, at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC Hotel.

Panels providing a faculty perspective on critical issues in higher education will run all day Wednesday, June 13, through Friday, June 15. AAUP president Cary Nelson will deliver the opening plenary address, “What to Do when the Devil Offers You a Deal.”

Other highlights include:

Thursday, June 14

Capitol Hill Day, the AAUP’s annual grassroots lobbying event, provides faculty from across the country an opportunity to advocate for higher education. Members visit their senators and representatives and speak up about the issues that matter most to academia. The day concludes with a congressional reception, 4:30–6:00 pm on Capitol Hill (Rayburn House Office Building B-340).

Friday, June 15

Friday’s featured luncheon speaker is Gamelyn Oduardo Sierra, a recent graduate of the University of Puerto Rico Law School, who will share his experiences as a student organizer at the University of Puerto Rico. Three AAUP fifty-year members will also be honored.

Saturday, June 16

On Saturday, the annual meeting business session begins at 9 am and will include consideration of the recommendations of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure regarding the AAUP’s censure list. This list is published for the purpose of informing Association members, the profession at large, and the public that academic freedom is not adequately protected at the institutions listed.

Mark Pearce, chair of the National Labor Relations Board, will speak at a special plenary session during the Annual Meeting on Saturday at 2:00. His address will be titled "NLRB: from the Attic to the Kitchen." Chairman Pearce was named by President Obama to lead the NLRB in 2011.

Saturday’s luncheon speaker is Mary L. Washington of the Maryland House of Delegates.  She represents Baltimore City and is a member of the Appropriations Committee.

Saturday night Banquet. Bloomberg editor at large Clark Hoyt will accept the AAUP's Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Higher Education at Saturday night's banquet. Reporters Daniel Golden and Oliver Staley won the award for their series "Lost in Translation."

The complete program is available (.pdf).  Members of the media are welcome to attend.  For more information or to register, contact Robin Burns.

The American Association of University Professors is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that promotes academic freedom by supporting tenure, academic due process, and standards of quality in higher education. The AAUP has about 47,000 members at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Media Contact: 
Robin Burns
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012