Labor Education and Academic Freedom
November 18, 2011
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Recent attacks on labor studies programs violate some of the core principles of academic freedom including the respect for the privacy of students and faculty members to engage in free and open discussion of ideas. This conference will explore the current crisis in labor education and the ways in which outside pressure groups are attacking labor studies programs as part of a larger agenda to erode public support for the labor movement.


Welcome & Labor Studies, Trade Unionism, and the Political Assault: Four Case Studies
•Michael Nash, Co-director of the Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center and director of New York University’s Tamiment Library

•Ruth Needleman, Leadership & Social Justice Program, Calumet College of St. Joseph
•Ruth Milkman, The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, CUNY
•Roland Zullo, Insitute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Michigan
•Don Giljum, University of Missouri
•Michael Merrill, Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Center for Labor Studies, Empire Statte College, SUNY, Chair and Comment

Labor Studies and Academic Freedom: Change Over Time & Closing Remarks
•B. Robert Kreiser, American Association of UNiversity Professors
•Stephen Leberstein, Professional Staff Congress, CUNY
•Ernst Benjamin, American Association of University Professors
•Kitty Krupat, Joseph S. Murphy Center for Worker Education, CUNY, Chair and Comment

•Lois Gray, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University