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Delving Into Academic Freedom

On April 22, CNM faculty gathered for the second annual Academic Freedom Forum, hosted by the CNM Faculty Senate. The forum, "Academic Freedom: the Ambiguities of a Well-known Idea," was led by Dr. Garrett Epps, a professor for the University of Baltimore's School of Law and an expert on academic freedom.

Sep 07, 2016

Academic Freedom Forum
On April 22, CNM faculty gathered for the second annual Academic Freedom Forum, hosted by the CNM Faculty Senate. The forum, "Academic Freedom: the Ambiguities of a Well-known Idea," was led by Dr. Garrett Epps, a professor for the University of Baltimore's School of Law and an expert on academic freedom.

Epps serves on the Academic Freedom Committee for the Society of American Law Teachers and has been active in academic freedom law cases.

The chair of the CNM Faculty Senate, Barton Bond, said that this forum provides a chance for faculty to shift focus and talk about important issues related to academic freedom.

"With all the stuff that's been going on on campus with the ERB and the budget, this just seemed like a neat thing to do," Bond said. "It's fun to exercise your mind and think about things in a different way."

After Epps lectured on the tenets of academic freedom, faculty members were given the opportunity to split into groups and discuss some scenarios.

"The outcome has usually been that what seemed to be pretty obvious is not," Bond said. "This is just an exercise in opening people's minds."

Mr. Epps has published numerous books and articles in the field of constitutional law and civil rights. He is a former reporter for the Washington Post and is currently a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College, a master's degree from Hollins College, a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Laws (Comparative and International Law) from Duke University.