American Association of University Professors Abandons Educators Under Siege

Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 1915 Columbia University economics professor E.R. A. Seligman shared a draft document with his colleagues, Princeton economics professor Frank Fetter and Johns Hopkins philosophy professor Arthur O. Lovejoy. The three succeeded in putting into final form what became the founding document of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), a 16-page “Declaration of Principles.” It defined for the first time a fully worked conception of “academic freedom” and is nine-tenths of the reason why Americans give any credence to the idea that college professors should have some special measure of protection for their research, their publications, and other expressions of (some of) their views.

  • Dana Garcia

    Prof Carol Swain of Vanderbilt, the woman pictured, gets smacked a lot by the left because she is a conservative Christian who favors immigration restriction to protect American workers.

  • Pavelina

    I’m so glad I went to college in the 50s and early 60s when all a professor talked about was the course work.