Like Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, Dr. Seuss’sÂ Cat in the Hat owes a debt to blackfaceÂ minstrelsy. In my “Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: Exploring Dr. Seuss’s Racial Imagination” (in the new issue ofÂ Children’s Literature), I explore the implications of this fact. Â Here’s the opening paragraph: In 1955, Dr. Seuss and William Spaulding–director of
Under the Kansas Board of Regents‘ brave new social media policy, the faculty and staff of Kansas universities must make sure thatÂ their speech is harmonious, loyal, and conducive to discipline. Â So, the Kansas Board of Regents’ Committee for Harmony, Loyalty and Discipline is here to help youÂ monitor speech. Our staff artist, Comrade Warner, has created
In light of the Kansas Board of Regents’ decision to double down on itsÂ repressive social media policy, people keep asking me: What next? First, we may have lost this battle, but that doesn’t mean we’ll lose the war. In any case, opposing injustice does not mean that you’re going to win every time. The Kansas
Because every revolution needs a soundtrack, I assembled a couple of CDs of songs for the drive to and from Topeka, for yesterday’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting. True, the drive isÂ notÂ in fact that long (only an hour each way), but creating playlists is a form of thinking. It’s something I do for fun. Really.
“The object of power is power.” – O’Brien, in George Orwell’sÂ 1984 To support the basic right to freedom of speech and to stand up for academic freedom, faculty, staff, and students from Kansas universities attended today’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka, Kansas. The room was packed: standing room only. Â The Board of Regents
Here is the statement from the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents, read at today’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting, about 20 minutes ago. As the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents, it is our responsibility to express to the Board the concerns of the faculty we represent. When the Social Media Policy was introduced in December,
The Kansas Board of Regents’ new social media policy will require vigilant enforcement. Â How will we determine when speech is “contrary to the best interests of the employer”? Â How will we recognizeÂ speech thatÂ “impairs discipline by superiors or harmony among co-workers”? Â How can we prevent speech that has a “detrimental impact on close working relationships”? Â Given
The Kansas Board of Regents’ Twitter account and I had a somewhat predictable conversation this morning. For any who find might it interesting, I include it below. The short version: The Kansas Board of Regents insists that academic freedom is now protected; however, sections 3.ii and 3.iv (see p. 32 of agenda) continueÂ to contradict that
The Kansas Board of Regentsâ€™ revised social media policy grants academic freedom with one hand, and takes it away with the other. It adds the language of the work groupâ€™s model policy, but refuses the work groupâ€™s intent. It retains nearly all of the Boardâ€™s original language that drew such criticism â€” grounds for dismissal still include making statements â€œcontrary to the best interests of the university,â€ or that â€œimpair discipline by superiors or harmony among co-workers,â€ and so on. But now, the policy begins by affirming principles of academic freedom.
Good afternoon.Â Thanks for coming.Â Thanks to Susan Kemper for organizing this, and to KU for hosting. I’m @philnel on Twitter. The Board of Regents is @ksregents. And the hashtag for this conference is #FreeSpeechKS. If you Tweet, feel free to tag us. In case there are any Regents unable to attend, I will periodically