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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Trials of Academe

Rick commented the other day on a recent column by Stanley Fish about the death of academic abstention.  The Fish column drew on a new book by Amy Gajda of the University of Illinois (Law/Journalism) called The Trials of Academe: The New Era of Campus Litigation, published by Harvard University Press.  Let me have the pleasure of linking to its Amazon page so that everyone can do the right thing and rush out and buy it.  I got my copy last week, and although a full read will have to wait while I wade through the philosophy of religion, a quick look suggests to me that this will be a great read and a very promising entry in the discussion of academic freedom and the legal status of the university -- and a fun and funny one at that.  Academic freedom expert Michael Olivas says, in his book blurb, "Run, do not walk, to get this book--a great read on a wonderful topic. Amy Gajda is a terrific writer, generous but with real critical bite. For all her irreverent and funny style, her case that academic decisions are increasingly out of academic hands is persuasive and provocative."  I think he's right.  I had the pleasure of seeing Amy present an early chapter of the book at a conference organized by Michael, and I congratulate her on bringing the ship into port in such high style.  (Hat tip for the metaphor goes, I think by a process of mental osmosis, to Season Two of The Wire, which I'm watching right now between philosophy-of-religion bouts.)  As the saying goes, read it while it's hot.  

Posted by Paul Horwitz on October 28, 2009 at 02:58 PM in Paul Horwitz | Permalink

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