Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, & Cancel Culture

Recording Available! A Virtual Town Hall for College/University Presidents and Board Chairs

March 2, 2022

Amid a disturbing flurry of organized campaigns to ban books focusing on themes of race and gender from schools and public libraries, the dangerous trend of community and legislative attempts to control curricula on K-12 and college campuses, and state laws restricting the removal or relocation of Confederate war memorials, it is imperative for campus leaders at all levels to redress the growing suppression of speech and the free exchange of ideas.

The view-on-demand recording is complimentary for Presidents' Trust members. All others can purchase the recording for $50.

Session 1 of the Series: Moral Distress in Higher Education Leadership


  • Lynn Pasquerella

    Lynn Pasquerella

    President, AAC&U


  • Ainsley Carry

    Ainsley Carry

    Vice-President for Students, University of British Columbia
  • Henry Reichman

    Henry Reichman

    Former Chair, AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure; Professor Emeritus, California State University-East Bay
  • Michael Roth

    Michael Roth

    President, Wesleyan University
  • Lori S. White

    Lori S. White

    President, DePauw University

Series Overview: Moral Distress in Higher Education Leadership

The AAC&U Presidents’ Trust invites you to a series of virtual town hall meetings focused on issues causing moral distress for today’s college and university presidents. Moral distress, often discussed in the context of healthcare, occurs when one knows the ethically correct action to take but feels powerless to take that action. Leaders in higher education face moral distress when there is conflict between the values of the individual, the institution, and/or the community or legal system governing that community.

Presented by the AAC&U Presidents’ Trust, this series is intended for higher education leaders and partners, and complimentary for members of AAC&U’s Presidents’ Trust and their board chairs. Higher education boards can be an important source of support for leaders and campuses in times of moral distress, and an impactful voice and force for liberal education.

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