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October 2, 2011
Cary Nelson
President, American Association of University Professors & Author, "No University Is An Island"
Cary Nelson BIO:
CURRENTLY:
·Author, "No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom"
·Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
·Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
·President, American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

PREVIOUSLY:
·Professor, Program in Jewish Culture and Society - University of Illinois
·Professor, Center for Writing - University of Illinois

EDUCATION:
·Antioch College, Ohio: BA 1967
·University of Rochester, New York: National Defense Education Act Fellow 1967-1970
·University of Rochester, New York: Ph.D. (in English) 1970

BOOKS:
·Manifesto of a Tenured Radical (1997)
·Office Hours: Activism and Change In The Academy (2004)
·Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education (1999)
·Revolutionary Memory:Recovering the Poetry of the American Left (2001)
·Will Teach for Food: Academic Labor in Crisis (1997)

PERSONAL:
·Married.


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Info: Our guest is Cary Nelson, President of the American Association of University Professors. He is the author of a new book which discusses the social, political, and cultural forces undermining the principle of academic freedom. He offers his account of the increasing struggles for governance and unionization of faculty members nationwide. He states that universities in this country are exploiting faculty and adjunct employees with low wages and long hours. Decision makers in higher education need to bolster wages and insure the basic rights of teachers, he argues. Nelson also responds directly to critics of tenure and academic freedom such as Naomi Schaefer Riley, last week’s Q & A guest and author of “The Faculty Lounges.” In addition, he speaks about his early influences in life as well as his decision to pursue teaching as a profession.





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