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Our Podcast, AAUP Presents

We're podcasting! Check out our new podcast, AAUP Presents, where we'll discuss issues related to academic freedom, shared governance, higher ed, and more. New episodes will be posted here and on other major podcasting platforms as we get listed. Subscribe on your preferred platform so you don't miss any episodes.

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Episode 11 (New, December 21, 2022) In this episode of the Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, an associate professor of history at Loyola University Chicago, and Charlie Eaton, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Merced, discuss the past, present and future of  the student debt crisis in the United States. It’s a fascinating history that has brought us to a pivotal moment where debt forgiveness and a path to a debt free future seems possible, but remains fraught with political and social barriers.


Episode 10 (New, December 21, 2022) In this episode of the podcast we sit down with Professor Lori Latrice Martin, an associate dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Louisiana State University, to discuss  her article “Black Out: Backlash and Betrayal in the Academy and Beyond,” which examines what Professor Martin describes as the "predictability of efforts to silence conversations and actions related to combating anti-Blackness in America and the continued use of Black deaths to further the social, economic, and political progress of non-Black groups in the academy and beyond" in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd.

Episode 9 (August 3, 2022) In this episode of the podcast we discuss the issue of the massive transfer of wealth from tribal nations who underwrote the founding of land-grant universities and how institutions are beginning to address and contend with difficult questions about their relationship to Indigenous communities. The guests are Stephen M. Gavazzi, a professor of human development and family science in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University, and John N. Low, an enrolled citizen in the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians and the director of the Newark Earthworks Center. 


Episode 8  (April 28, 2022) This episode discusses the special committee report Governance, Academic Freedom, and Institutional Racism in the University of North Carolina System. The report considers the influence of the North Carolina state legislature on the systemwide board of governors and campus boards of trustees. It discusses how political pressure and top-down leadership have obstructed meaningful faculty participation in the UNC system, jeopardized academic freedom, and reinforced institutional racism. The guests are the co-chairs of the special committee that wrote the report, Nicholas Fleisher, professor of Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Afshan Jafar, professor of Sociology at Connecticut College. The episode is hosted by Anita Levy, senior program officer in the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance at the AAUP. 


Episode 7 (April 13, 2022): In this episode we discuss AAUP’s recently released statement Legislative Threats to Academic Freedom: Redefinitions of Antisemitism and Racism. The guests are Rana Jaleel, an associate professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at the University of California, Davis, and a member of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and  Risa Lieberwitz, who is AAUP’s general counsel and a professor of labor and employment law in the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is also a member of Committee A. The episode is hosted by Mariah Quinn, AAUP's digital organizer.


Episode 6 (March 11, 2022): The AAUP’s Kelly Benjamin talks to Michele Rayner, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, about attacks on academic freedom, the motivation for anti-critical race theory bills, and the state of the broader political situation in Florida. Listen below; episode links and ways to share can be found here


Episode 5 (March 3, 2022): After the University of Florida administration blocked faculty from testifying in a voting rights case, a battle over academic freedom broke out in the state, garnering national attention and a court case.  Paul Ortiz, professor of history at the University of Florida and president of the United Faculty of Florida-UF, talks to host Mariah Quinn about how faculty in the state are geared up to protect academic freedom and the first amendment. Listen below; episode links and ways to share can be found here.


Episode 4 (New, March 2, 2022): This podcast discusses the student debt crisis, which affects than forty-five million people in the United States who are saddled with debt in excess of $1.7 trillion, and perils and promise of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The guests are Kaitlyn Vitez, Federal Government Relations Specialist, AAUP national office and Jessica Sponsler, art historian and adjunct professor and AAUP’s Pennsylvania state conference president. Listen below; episode links and ways to share can be found here.



Episode 3: The last episode of 2021 takes a look at our Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession and the issue of institutional debt, covered in a special section of the report. Guests are Glenn Colby, the senior researcher at the national office of the AAUP, and Eleni Schirmer, a research associate on UCLA’s Initiative for the Future of Finance. Listen below; episode links and ways to share can be found here



Episode 2: This episode focuses on shared governance in higher ed, featuring a closer look at some of the AAUP's work around shared governance during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Guests are Joerg Tiede, director of research at the AAUP, and Mike DeCesare, a professor of sociology at Merrimack College and a consultant with AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Shared Governance.  Listen below; episode links and ways to share can be found here


Episode 1: We're joined on the inaugural podcast by Irene Mulvey, the AAUP’s current president. We'll cover the AAUP's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, current fights to protect academic freedom and shared governance, and plans for a new deal for higher education. Listen below; episode links and ways to share can be found here.