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Presentation examines 'Sex Talk in the University: Academic Freedom and the Law'

Emory Report | March 27, 2017

Sex Talk in the University: Academic Freedom and the Law,” will be the focus of a presentation by Cornell University professor Risa Lieberwitz on Tuesday, April 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

Lieberwitz will discuss the impact of Title IX and Title VII on academic freedom, due process and faculty governance. She serves as professor of labor and employment law at the Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School at Cornell University and general counsel of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). She also chaired the sub-committee that drafted the 2016 AAUP report “The History, Uses and Abuses of Title IX.

As chair of the Department of Labor Relations, Law and History at the ILR School, Lieberwitz teaches a wide range of courses, including labor and employment law, constitutional aspects of labor and employment law, employment discrimination law, arbitration and theories of equality and their application in the workplace.

She is an associate in the Worker Institute at Cornell and co-director of the Cornell University Law and Society minor and has published widely on issues of academic freedom in the university, labor law and constitutional issues of freedom of speech.

Her current research explores the “corporatization” of the university and the implications of these developments on academic freedom and the role of higher education in a democratic society.

Hosted by the Emory University Faculty Council and the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, her presentation is free and open to the public.