Academic Freedom and Diversity: Viewpoints on institutional practices and tensions

Co-sponsored by SSA's Inclusion, Equity & Diversity Committee and held on January 3, 2017.

This panel was on the topic of academic freedom and examined institutional administrative level practices and tensions around the idea of academic freedom in the context of the explicit goals of preserving and fostering cardinal institutional values of diversity and inclusion. Panelists representing varying perspectives, both within and outside the University of Chicago, explored the concept of academic freedom, its legal and historical foundations, possible distinctions between professional schools and disciplines, and the unique ways in which this is interpreted, practiced, and protected in light of institutional values on diversity and inclusion at the University of Chicago. This event was filmed by C-SPAN.

Introduction: President Robert J. Zimmer
Panelists included:
John Boyer, Dean, University of Chicago College
Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor, Yale University
Lorraine M. Gutiérrez, AM '78, Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School
Moderator: Gina Miranda Samuels, Associate Professor, SSA

Photography by Lloyd DeGrane