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The UNC Chapel Hill chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) meets regularly to discuss campus affairs relevant to academic freedom, shared governance, and other issues of concern to higher education workers.

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Our final chapter meeting of the 2018-19 academic year will be held on Friday, April 12th, from noon to 1pm, in Alumni Hall Room 205.

Among other topics, we plan to discuss the search for a new Chancellor, the Faculty Council transition and appointing AAUP representatives, and the current climate on campus.

Please spread the word to interested colleagues—you do not need to be an AAUP member to attend.

On Wednesday, February 27 the Duke Human Rights Center is holding an event that should interest AAUP members: The Koch network and academic integrity: Is there a conflict?

The network of arch-right billionaire and multi-millionaire donors built by Charles and David Koch is funding a vast apparatus of organizations to radically change public policy and the law on matters from health care and environmental protection to labor and tax policies and reproductive rights and voting, even to alter the U.S. Constitution.

The Charles Koch Foundation is now funding centers on campuses, too—including at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. Will this presence just expand dialogue or does it represent something more disturbing?

This panel of faculty and community leaders will explore the impact on our state of the Koch political operations (and those of those of their longtime North Carolina ally, Art Pope) to address vital questions for the future of our universities, our state, and our country.

Speakers will include William Chafe (Alice Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus of History and Public Policy at Duke), Tomas Lopez (Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina), Kate Torrey (Board Chair of Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic), Rebekah Barber (researcher and writer at the Institute for Southern Studies), and Steve Boyd (Easley Professor of Religion at Wake Forest University).

See the event page for more information.

Our next chapter meeting will be held on Friday, February 15th, from noon to 1pm, in Toy Lounge (4th floor of Dey Hall). Please spread the word to interested colleagues—you do not need to be an AAUP member to attend.

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