academic freedom

Interview 100: Prof. Anthony J. Hall

This is the first of a two-part edition featuring Canadian Professor Anthony Hall, Dr. Kevin Barrett, and Jeremy Rothe-Kushel. The discussion focuses on Hall’s October 2016 suspension from his senior academic post at the University of Lethbridge, where he has been on faculty since the early 1990s.

hall-lethbridgeDr. Hall is an accomplished scholar in political economy and globalization studies whose work centers on the history of indigenous North Americans. He has taken  courageous public stances on geopolitical issues including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 9/11 and the US-led “war on terror.” Beginning in 2015 Hall was targeted by the Israeli lobbying organization B’nai Brith. In 2016 this entity joined forces with mainstream Canadian news outlets including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to pressure University of Lethbridge administrators to suspend Hall without pay. The faculty union at Lethbridge is presently contesting the suspension on Hall’s behalf.

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Interview 97: Danny Ledonne

On this edition James speaks with Colorado-based filmmaker, educator and activist Danny Ledonne. Mr. Ledonne is a former media arts professor at Adams State University in ledonne-photo3Alamosa Colorado whose investigation and online exposés of Adams State’s managerial and personnel practices put him in the crosshairs of the school’s top administrators.

When the highly-credentialed filmmaker was glossed over for a tenure-track teaching position in the university’s modest communications department and subsequently terminated from his adjunct instructor position there he made public records requests that revealed a number of administrative problems and efforts at non-transparency. Leone began a blog to publish these, WatchingAdams.org, and a lá Julian Assange invited other faculty to leak information that might aid in keeping Adams State’s pooh-bahs fair and above-the-board.

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Live Shooter Drill Fatalities, Free Speech on Trial (Again), Rappoport on ‘Zika Virus’

On this week’s edition James covers the police state and war on terror at home over the past week as “active shooter drills” turn deadly with live rounds fired in Florida and Tennessee. We also examine the war on free thought and speech throughout the US as exemplified by Oberlin College’s new investigation of Prof. Joy Karega for social media postings.

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State and federal officials continue to collect urine samples as Miami sprays local neighborhoods with a deadly insecticide in an effort to control the Zika virus. We listen to an excerpt from an important previously-recorded interview with investigative journalist Jon Rappoport to recontemplate the dubious nature and origins of the so-called Zika outbreak.

Interview 90: Joanna Williams

jwOn this edition author, academic and journalist Joanna Williams joins James from the UK to discuss her new work, Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).  The volume provides a carefully researched historical examination of the highly politicized anti-free speech movements that have developed at university campuses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Joanna Williams is the education editor of Spiked Online and was recently profiled in the Times Higher EducationShe began her career teaching English in secondary schools and Further Education. For close to a decade she was a lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the University of Kent. Joanna is also the author of Consuming Higher Education Why Learning Can’t Be Bought (Bloomsbury, 2012).

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Interview 87: Darrell Hamamoto

On this edition public intellectual and academic iconoclast Darrell Hamamoto joins James to address an array of issues including the foundation-funded identity politics movement characterizing US college campuses in 2016. Hamamoto’s incisive socio-political research lgbt-figureand commentary revealing the machinations of the modern power elite and knowledge machine have made him a significant force for meaningful awareness and change. Such efforts have been met with major resistance by his university employer and the larger forces governing today’s philanthropic and federally-dependent academic institutions.

Darrell Hamamoto is ranking professor Asian American Studies at University of California Davis. He holds degrees in political science, popular culture, and sociology, and is a graduate of University of California at Irvine’s Comparative Cultures doctoral program. A Fullbright Scholar (Japan) Hamamoto is presently the senior ranking professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Davis. Throughout his 30 year academic career he has become a major figure in the study of media, race, and popular culture. Professor Hamamoto’s latest book is Servitors of Empire: Studies in the Dark Side of Asian America (TrineDay 2014). He is also the author of Monitored Peril: Asian Americans and the Politics of TV Representation and Nervous Laughter: Television Situation Comedy and Liberal Democratic Ideology.