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Join an Illinois AAUP Committee
The Illinois AAUP is seeking volunteers and nominations to serve on state AAUP committees:
Committee A (Academic Freedom and Tenure): contact John Wilson at collegefreedom@yahoo.com.
Committee on Membership and Chapters, contact Lee Maltby at Lmaltby@staugustine.edu.
Committee on the Status of Women and Minorities in the Academic Profession, contact Lisa Townsley at ltownsley@ben.edu.
Committee on College and University Government, contact Pan Papacosta at ppapacosta@colum.edu.

National Academic Freedom Conferences
A national conference on academic freedom will be held April 11-12, 2008 near Philadelphia. Information available at http://www.dccc.edu/acadfree. Contact collegefreedom@yahoo.com ASAP if you’re interested in submitting a proposal to speak at the conference.
DePaul University students will be holding a conference on academic freedom, February 2-3, 2008. Watch www.academicfreedomchicago.org for further updates on the event.

Statements on Academic Freedom
The AAUP this fall issued a new statement on politics in the classroom. See www.aaup.org for the statement and send in comments to the AAUP and Illinois Academe (collegefreedom@yahoo.com) with your views.
An online petition by the Ad Hoc Committee to Defend the University is available at: http://defend.university.googlepages.com/home
The American Federation of Teachers has issued a new statement on “Academic Freedom in the 21st Century,” http://www.aft.org/higher_ed/pubs-reports/AcademicFreedomStatement.pdf.

Bring an AAUP Speaker to Campus
Bring an Illinois AAUP speaker to your campus to talk about important academic issues. See the list of speakers on page 8.
The AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress has also started a lecture seres: http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/newsroom/highlightscurrent/TSB.htm.