On March 8th, the Academic Freedom Alliance was publicly launched. I have the pleasure of chairing the Organization, a not-for-profit organization that aims to promote and defend the academic freedom and expression of professors in American universities. AFA’s founding members are a diverse group spanning the ideological spectrum, and AFA is committed to defending professors’ speaking rights, regardless of the content of the speech or the ideas expressed. Professors can reasonably be criticized for bad ideas or poor judgment, but if they are acting within their established contractual or constitutional rights, they cannot be sanctioned by their employers for their speech.
Over the past few days, I’ve been clarifying the Group’s commitments and the AFA’s principles. Further information can be found in an interview with the Princetonians for Free Speech alumni group and in the AAUP’s Academe Blog. I wrote about the group on National Review Online. My conversation about academic freedom and freedom of speech on campus with the Shaping Opinion podcast will end on Monday. We are grateful for the launch coverage from outlets such as FIRE, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, New York Post, Inside Higher Ed, Forbes, and Voice of America.