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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.

Today the UNC Chapel Hill chapter of the AAUP sent the following statement to interim President Roper, the Board of Trustees, and the Board of Governors:

Since 1920, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has advocated for “meaningful faculty participation in institutional governance,” including all important “personnel decisions” and the “selection of administrators” (https://www.aaup.org/our-programs/shared-governance). The UNC Chapel Hill chapter of the AAUP urges interim President Roper, the Board of Governors and our Board of Trustees to return to the AAUP core principle of shared governance at our campus. Specifically, we insist that faculty should be at the table in the selection process for both the interim chancellor and the new permanent chancellor. This would enable faculty to move forward with confidence in our leadership and in the continued viability of shared governance between the faculty, administrators and Boards. Vital governance structures are in a state of disrepair at Chapel Hill and throughout the UNC system; including faculty in the selection of UNC Chapel Hill's next chancellor would be an important first step in carrying out the repair work that needs to be done. We understand that this matter is time-sensitive, but nothing should preclude the immediate inclusion of faculty in the making of this crucial decision.

Our first chapter meeting of 2019 will be held on Friday, January 18th, from noon to 1pm, in Toy Lounge (4th floor of Dey Hall). Please spread the word to interested colleagues.

This meeting will provide us an opportunity to assess our priorities as a chapter and discuss the crisis of campus governance surrounding the Silent Sam statue, as well as to report about ongoing AAUP initiatives in the state.

On November 9, the North Carolina Conference of the AAUP (with the sponsorship of many departments and schools across thecampus) organized an Academic Freedom Day, culminating in the resurrection of the dormant UNC Chapel Hill AAUP chapter. Read about it in the Chronicle of Higher Education: “Professors see threats to academic freedom.”