Tuesday, November 8, 2016

First Monday Musings: On Academic Freedom, Administrative Fairness, And Blackface

A thought-provoking Op Ed piece about the UO professor who wore blackface to an off-campus party

Published in "Above the Law" Nov 7, 2016

I had intended to write this month about bar passage rates and the steps we at Illinois took this year (that I hope contributed to our strong results relative to other good schools), but given the recent flap at the University of Oregon over a law faculty member’s wearing of a costume that included blackface at a private, off-campus Halloween party attended by students and faculty members, I think some reflections about “academic freedom” are in order. Although I am a law dean, I express here my own views, not those of my law school or university.

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