by Kevin Currie-Knight
David Labaree (Professor Emeritus, Stanford University) and I talk about the history and meaning of academic freedom. We discuss whether there ever has been a “golden age” where academics were safe to be heterodox (no), and what academic freedom means in an age of social media and the in-group policing it fosters.
00:00:32 – David’s Life as a (Newly) Retired Academic and Kevin’s Life as a Grinding Academic 00:04:49 – The European Origins of (and the Reasons Behind) Academic Freedom 11:14:58 – Academic Tenure Comes About at Stanford University 00:19:32 – Academic Conformity and Why David is Concerned About Two Types of Academics 00:34:29 – A Tension Between Academic Freedom and University Brand-Consciousness 00:44:25 – When Academics Tweet 00:52:56 – Should We Redesign a More Robust Academic Freedom? Can We?