Thursday, August 19, 2010

Brave

Please read Bob Samuels recent post at Huffington Post.

these two paragraphs alone send a chill and make us extremely sad for our alma mater:

"In reading Nelson's book, I was surprised to note that virtually all of the examples of corporatization and privatization that Nelson documents from around the world have recently occurred in the University of California system. This includes administrators pushing expensive, untested online programs, faculty having their emails read, Right-wing groups trying to censor teachers, the creation of ad hoc committees to circumvent normal shared governance, the push to defund the humanities, the creation of false budget emergencies to enact hidden agendas, and the persecution of university whistleblowers to name just a few. Not only have I discussed all of these issues in my blog, [http://changinguniversities.blogspot.com/] but my own program, where I teach at UCLA, has been victimized by all of these destructive processes.

Not only did I discover this year that some administrators were receiving all of my emails, but, a couple of years ago, our campus had to fight an outside Right-wing group that was paying students to record teachers saying anti-conservative and "anti-American" things. If this was not bad enough, UCLA recently decided to set up their own internal web site so that students and other community members could report acts of bias. This type of digital surveillance system surely has a chilling effect on academic freedom."

Once again, please read the full post here. If this is what it is like on campus-- imagine what it is like for grad students, undergrads, and lower level staff.

P.S. It reminds us of something that happened during the March 4th protests this year-- when many professors signed their name to petitions using an anonymous signature -literally "Prof. XXXX, UC -----"- no name, just fear of retaliation and, yet, a desire to be counted. Very sad.

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