University of California Regents: Distance yourself from Canary Mission | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


University of California Regents: Distance yourself from Canary Mission

U.S. campuses are sites of political controversy and, at their best, spaces for debate and engagement across different perspectives. At universities across the U.S., the question of whether and how professors and students can exercise free speech has emerged as the most salient of our time. Often ignored in the discussion of academic freedom is the power dynamic inherent to the space of communication. On campuses, both funding and political influence privilege certain actors to exercise “free speech,” while others are censored and even vilified. In this climate, exposure of power is in itself a political act. The California Scholars for Academic Freedom has decided to be pro-active in challenging the online website the Canary Mission, because of the serious harm it has caused to students and faculty in California institutions of higher learning and, more broadly, to academic freedom in the United States. One of our first actions was to attend a University of California Regents meeting, held on January 16-17, 2019 to demand that they distance themselves publicly from the Canary Mission and also from UC donors who have contributed to supporting the Canary Mission.

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