Local Highlights and Events

CAMPUS EQUITY WEEK 2017 – Iowa City event 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, in Iowa City Public Library Room E

SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is currently exploring the possibility of organizing contingent faculty on our campus.  A local representative, Stacia Scott, has joined with COGS and other student groups  to organize an event this week. It will be a discussion of higher education issues in Iowa with gubernatorial candidate Cathy Glasson, who is also president of SEIU 199 (the union that covers healthcare workers in Iowa). 

It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, in Iowa City Public Library Room E.  Refreshments and childcare will be provided.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.

Legal Assistance for individuals affected by changes to DACA

Message from Prof. Bram T.B. Elias, UI College of Law Clinical Program:

My students in the University of Iowa Law Clinic's immigration practice area are extremely motivated to provide assistance to individuals affected by any changes to the DACA program, and would like to provide consultations, referrals, and (in appropriate circumstances) direct representation to any U of I students with DACA status who seek advice or information about how they might be personally affected by any new presidential policy with regard to DACA. [...]

Our (the Clinic's) phone number is 319-335-9023 and our email is law-legal-clinic@uiowa.edu.

Highlights and events from around the academic world

The following resources from the AAUP are potentially useful to faculty concerned by recent political events:

Faculty Speech after the 2016 Election

Inspections of electronic devices by US border patrol officers

A Free-Speech Divide:

Why students and professors may think differently about free expression

Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywalled article; UI visitors can access it here)

From fiscal years 2007 to 2015, according to NSF data, federal funding for university- and college-based research grew by 8 percent nationwide. But for the seven states generally considered by research organizations to make up the Midwest—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin —the increase was only 4 percent. Both those numbers lag far behind the roughly 14 percent inflation during that time period, meaning that federal funding for university research actually decreased overall, and it decreased more in the Midwest. As private and better-funded public universities elsewhere in the country found alternative sources of support, they pushed their midwestern rivals down the research rankings.

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