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Dis-information and Democracy: Meeting the Challenges to Higher Education

California Conference of the American Asociation of University Professors

Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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California AAUP  14th Annual Meeting

 Dis-information  and  Democracy:
Meeting  the  Challenges  to  Higher  Education


California State University, Maritime

200 Maritime Academy Drive

Vallejo, California

New Dining Facility Building #14 on map, 2nd floor

Compass Room 2

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


This is a low-cost meeting with a big bang for your buck that promises to be

informative, stimulating, solution-oriented and collegial.  

 

To learn more about the CA-AAUP, please visit: www.ca-aaup.org

Keynote Speaker: 
Henry Reichman

" Academic Freedom Under the Trump Regime"

Will academic freedom survive Donald Trump's presidency?  Will Trump's education department accelerate or alter the privatization push?  Where will lines be drawn between impermissible harassment and intimidation and free expression in the atmosphere engendered by Trump and the white nationalist right?  How can unions respond to renewed attacks on agency fee and potential expansion of "right to work" on a national level?  Will international scholarly exchange survive Trump's assault on immigration?  How can we best defend science in the age of "alternative facts?"  And what is the AAUP doing about all this?  These are some of the questions to be addressed in Professor Reichman's keynote address

Henry Reichman is First Vice-President of the AAUP; Chair of AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure; and Chair of the AAUP Foundation.  He is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay, where he served three terms as chair of the academic senate and nine years on the CSU system academic senate.  A member of the AAUP-affiliated California Faculty Association, he served on CFA's bargaining team for three contract negotiation cycles.  He has published widely on issues in higher education in Academe, the Journal of Academic Freedom, Inside Higher Ed, and blogs regularly on the AAUP's Academe blog (academeblog.org)


plus these timely workshops, led by local and national faculty leaders and activitists:

  • Starting and/or Improving an AAUP Chapter
  • Organizing on the Frontlines for Academic Freedom and Truth
  • Project Censored: Critical Media Literacy the Antidote to 'Fake News' in a Post-Truth Society
  • Creating Inclusive Communities: Challenging Oppression and Advancing Social Justice

scroll down for more information about these workshops

 



REGISTRATION

includes morning coffee & muffins, lunch, keynote speaker, 2 workshops, and reception

Early registration fee for contingent faculty is $25 and $45 for tenure track faculty [including Eventbrite fees]  through March 11, 2017.

Late registration fee is $30  at the door on March 18, 2017 for contingent faculty and $50 at the door for tenure track faculty.

Credit card payments for registration fees cannot be processed at the site of the meeting. To pay by check in advance, contact westcoast@aaup.org

 


 Dis-information  and  Democracy:
Meeting  the  Challenges  to  Higher  Education

14TH ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULE     CSU Maritime  MARCH 18, 2017


 

9:30    Check-in at Compass Room 2 in Building #14 (New Dining Bldg.) coffee/tea & muffins  

10:00 Welcome from Alex Zukas,  President, CA-AAUP and Scott Saarheim, President CFA, Maritime Chapter -  Compass Room 2  

10:30 Workshop 1: Organizing on the Frontlines for Academic Freedom and Truth  - Compass Room 1 workshop leader:  Jason Elias

10:30 Workshop 2:   Starting and/or Improving an AAUP Chapter - Compass Room 3 workshop leader:  George Beckwith

Noon Lunch provided with registration fee

1:00  Keynote SpeechHenry Reichman   Academic Freedom Under the Trump Regime

1:45  Refreshment Break for all registered attendees  

2:00 Workshop 3: Project Censored: Critical Media Literacy the Antidote to 'Fake News' in a Post-Truth Society  - Compass Room 3 workshop leader: Mickey Huff

2:00 Workshop 4:   Creating Inclusive Communities: Challenging Oppression and Advancing Social Justice  -  Compass Room 1 workshop leaders:  Betsy Eudey and Steven Filling

3:30 Business Meeting for members of CA-AAUP  -   Compass Room 2        

4:30  Closing:  Accomplishents and Steps Forward 

 


WORKSHOP DETAILS

this information will be updated frequently here and at http://www.caaaup.org


Workshop 1:  Organizing on the Frontlines for Academic Freedom and Truth

This workshop will talk about the nuts and bolts of organizing situated in the challenges of the current political climate. With the election of President Donald Trump, he and his advisors have stepped up the battle on science, truth, the media, religious freedom and, some would argue, democracy itself. We are living in the age of alternative facts — assertions with no basis in reality that are then used to attack legitimate protections on the environment and the free press, for instance, and are a direct assault on the values that the academy holds dear. How can faculty in California push back against this assault? What ways can we come together to help to guide students and allies in our communities to protect our democratic institutions? How can we protect ourselves from the attacks from “the professor watchlist,” and push our own administrations to continue to protect academic freedom? While this moment poses particular challenges, it also presents an opportunity for faculty who care about these issues to unify around the bedrock shared values of AAUP. I will explore these issues and talk about concrete steps chapters can take to create a more vigorous presence on our campuses and in our communities.

Workshop leader: Jason Elias  is the Western Regional Coordinator for AAUP, and provides assistance to chapters from Hawaii to Iowa on how to build power. In 2016, Jason helped to organize both union and non-union (advocacy) chapters throughout the region, including Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Jason has over 25 years of experience as an organizer and holds an MSW from the University of Michigan in Community Organization and Administration.



Workshop 2:  Starting and/or Improving an AAUP Chapter

Starting a new AAUP Chapter can be challenging and frustrating but there is no reason it can't be done.  This workshop will address the steps to take in starting a new chapter, improving a new chapter, and maintaining the chapter.  The moderator will provide a review of how the NUAAUP Advocacy Chapter at National University, a non-profit, private university located at La Jolla, California started their chapter in 2015, as a starting point of discussion with the sharing of advice and recommendations from other chapter throughout the state.  An outline of the workshop is provided below.

Do you have an active Chapter?

  • When was it formed?
  • Why was it formed?
  • What was the one or two most difficult challenges in creating it?
  • What is the most challenging and rewarding in current events?

Do you want to form a chapter?

  • Why do you want to form a chapter?
  • What is the formation status

Do you have a collective bargaining unit/union?

  • When was it formed?
  • Why was it formed?

Pros and Cons?

Organizing for a New Chapter

  • The situation leading up to the establishment of a Chapter
  • The reason for its creation
  • How the chapter was started
  • How the chapter is growing
  • Strategies for dealling with administrative hostility

Topics to be addressed in the Discussion

  • Shared governance and academic freedom
  • Tenure (or its absence)
  • Membership growth in a culture of insecurity
  • The role of a Faculty Senate
  • Faculty Leadership

Workshop leader: George Beckwith is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the School of Education and has been a full-time faculty member at National University for 13 years. George earned his Ed.D. from United States International University. He has been Faculty Senate Chair and Senate Academic Personnel Committee Chair. He has been a member of the AAUP since 2006 and has presented papers at the National AAUP on Academic Freedom and Shared Governance in a Private, Non-Tenured University and Creating a Culture of Academic Learning and Assessment via Shared Governance. He is currently President of the National University AAUP Chapter.

 


Workshop 3:  Project Censored: Critical Media Literacy the Antidote to 'Fake News' in a Post-Truth Society

'Fake news' is not new. Propaganda has been with us a long time, but there are many challenges on the horizon taking the form of ‘alternative facts’  to ‘watch sites’ and blacklists  Come learn about the 40-year veteran critical media literacy education program of Project Censored, their Validated Independent News program, Junk Food News and News Abuse, and their newest endeavor the Global Critical Media Literacy Project. The director of the Project, Professor Mickey Huff, shares ways to counter the current information integrity crisis faced by citizens and educators alike. Project Censored now works with hundreds of students and dozens of professors at 18-20 campuses around the US and is actively seeking more collaboration and development of its curricular models in effort to create a more media literate and informed society.

Workshop leader:   Mickey Huff is director of Project Censored, president of the Media Freedom Foundation, and professor of social science and history, co-chair history, at Diablo Valley College

 


Workshop 4:  Creating Inclusive Communities:  Challenging Oppression and Advancing Social Justice

In 2015 the CA AAUP Annual Meeting focused on Advancing Social Justice in an Era of Intolerance. In 2017 our roles in creating inclusive communities, challenging oppression, and advancing social justice are simultaneously more dire and under greater scrutiny. Panelists will lead participants in a discussion of issues facing faculty and other members of the campus community, and individual and collective actions to promote and enact inclusion and justice. Which faculty are most vulnerable as they engage in this work, and what must be done to limit their vulnerability and support their success? How does academic freedom protect faculty engaged in teaching, scholarship, creative activities, and service/activist work addressing diversity and inclusion, and how might academic freedom also allow faculty to engage in acts of oppression or exclusion? What role does AAUP take in providing support to faculty as we engage in this work at our campuses and within our disciplines?

Workshop Leaders:  Betsy Eudey and Steven Filling

Betsy Eudey is Director/Professor of Gender Studies and the Faculty Director for Advising and Learning Cohorts at CSU Stanislaus. She served six years at Stan State as the Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and has been an active member of the campus academic senate and served one term as a member of the ASCSU. She holds a doctorate in Cultural Studies in Education, and engages in teaching and scholarship addressing the discipline of women¹s and gender studies, gender and LGBT issues in education, gender-and sexuality-based activism, and sustainability. She has served on the governing council of the National Women¹s Studies Association and currently serves as a co-moderator of the Women¹s Studies Listserv (WMST-L)

Steven Filling is President of the California Faculty Association at California State University, Stanislaus, and CFA Northern California Representative to the CA-AAUP

plus additional panelists TBA

 

 


LODGING
 CA-AAUP  has searched unsuccessfully for a unionized Vallejo hotel. The only unionized lodging relatively close to Vallejo is in Concord, about 20 minutes drive (17 miles) away.)

Crowne Plaza Concord
45 John Glenn Drive
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: 1-925-825-7700
Website
http://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/concord/ccrjg/hoteldetail

CA-AAUP is reluctant to endorse a non-union hotel by choosing it as its conference hotel, so therefore we are providing  attendees with a list of nearby Vallejo hotels and ask attendees to make their own rooming arrangements.

Hotels in the Vallejo area :

Courtyard By Marriott Vallejo Napa Valley (At Marine World) -
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley - American Canyon -
Holiday Inn Express Benicia -
Union Hotel - Bed And Breakfast -
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Napa Valley-American Canyon -
Best Western Plus Heritage Inn -
Best Western Inn And Suites At Discovery Kingdom - 





The 14th Annual Meeting of the CA-AAUP will take place in the Dining Center Facility (#14) marked in red on the map.   Parking is $7 for the day.  Please park in  Lot D.  Cars with disabled person (blue) placards may park in front of building #14.






Driving Directions
From Marin, Napa, Sonoma:
Take Highway 37 east and go through Vallejo
Exit onto I-80 west toward San Francisco
Exit right at Exit 29 "Maritime Academy Drive" (watch carefully for the exit - a sign is missing. It is one exit past the Magazine Street Exit). Go to the stop light at Rt. 29 Sonoma Boulevard.
Go straight across Sonoma Blvd (Hwy 29) onto Maritime Academy Drive and follow the road onto campus.  Enter campus through the front "gate" (which is gone due to construction) and continue until you arrive in parking lot D. Do not veer off of the main entrance road! Continue  and you will end up at the venue. The ticket machine is located by career center.
 
From Sacramento:
Go west on I-80 toward San Francisco
Exit right at Exit 29 "Maritime Academy Drive" (watch carefully for the exit - a sign is missing. It is one exit past the Magazine Street Exit).
Go to the stop light at Rt. 29 Sonoma Boulevard.
Go straight across Sonoma Blvd (Hwy 29) onto Maritime Academy Drive and follow the road onto campus.  Enter campus through the front "gate" (which is gone due to construction) and continue until you arrive in parking lot D. Do not veer off of the main entrance road! Continue  andyou will end up at the venue. The ticket machine is located by career center.
 
From San Francisco and the Peninsula and southern California:
Head north on US101 toward San Francisco
Exit onto I-80 toward the Bay Bridge and Oakland
Cross the Bay Bridge and follow the signs for I-80 toward Sacramento
Cross the Carquinez Bridge (use right toll lanes). The toll is $5.00.
Immediately after toll, exit right onto Sonoma Blvd (Hwy. 29 and Exit 29A)
Left at first stop light onto Maritime Academy Drive
Follow Maritime Academy Drive down onto campus.  Enter campus through the front "gate" (which is gone due to construction) and continue until you arrive in parking lot D. Do not veer off of the main entrance road! Continue  and you will end up at the venue. The ticket machine is located by career center.
 
From Oakland
Take I-80 East toward Sacramento
Cross the Carquinez Bridge (use right toll lanes). The toll is $5.00.
Immediately after toll, exit right onto Sonoma Blvd (Hwy. 29 and Exit 29A)
Left at first stop light onto Maritime Academy Drive
Follow Maritime Academy Drive down onto campus.  Enter campus through the front "gate" (which is gone due to construction) and continue until you arrive in parking lot D. Do not veer off of the main entrance road! Continue  and you will end up at the venue. The ticket machine is located by career center.
 
From Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton:
North on I-680
Cross the Benicia Bridge and head East on I-780 toward Vallejo
From I-780 - Exit onto I-80 west toward San Francisco
Exit right at Exit 29 "Maritime Academy Drive" (watch carefully for the exit - a sign is missing. It is one exit past the Magazine Street Exit).
Go to the stop light at Rt. 29 Sonoma Boulevard.
Go straight across Sonoma Blvd (Hwy 29) onto Maritime Academy Drive and follow the road onto campus .  Enter campus through the front "gate" (which is gone due to construction) and continue until they arrive in parking lot D. Do not veer off of the main entrance road! Continue  and they will end up at the venue. The ticket machine is located by career center.

PARKING TIPS

We advise parking in Lot D  the "Waterfront Lot."

You may use a credit card or $1 bills or quarters to purchase a parking permit from the yellow pay station. If paying by cash, it is best to bring exact change.  

Rates are

$7 for 8 hours +

$5 for 4 hours

$3 for 2 hours

To properly display the permit, place the permit print side up on the dash so that the purchase information is clearly visible.

There is parking for disabled persons in front of the meeting building, the New Dining Facility, Building #14.  A valid DMV disabled placard/plate must be displayed.

IN GENERAL, the following CSU parking permits are honored at Cal Maritime when used by other CSU employees:

1.       Long term faculty / staff permits that are issued by the various CSU Parking or Police Departments.
2.       CSU system-wide passes (numbered and, and the moment, teal in color) that are issued by the Chancellor’s Office to various VIPs across the CSU system.

3. Exclusions:
a.       Student semester permits
b.       Daily temporary permits
c.       Monthly temporary permits

For more information about parking at Cal Maritime, please visit the campus parking web pages at www.csum.edu.


Legal Disclaimer: The CA-AAUP reserves the right to cancel, change, modify, add or remove portions of the conference/symposium at any time without notice or liability. By registering for this event, I understand that the CA-AAUP may be photographing or making video recordings of panels and/or related events for possible future use, including, but not limited to placement on the CA-AAUP website. If I do not wish to be photographed or appear on such video or otherwise be recorded, I will leave the location during such filming/recordings. If I am a member of a panel/roundtable/workshop and do not consent to it being videotaped, I agree to contact the conference administrator at westcoast@aaup.org before the day of the meeting. By remaining at the CA-AAUP conference/symposium and attending its related events, I grant the CA-AAUP my consent to record my picture, likeness, voice and statements without compensation or credit.

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