It’s been quiet on campus as we enter examination time, but in Washington, the difficult and complex task of reconciling GOP’s Senate and House tax plans has begun. Protest continues as we wait with considerable anxiety what will be the outcome–not least the proposed tax on graduate student tuition waivers. The Senate version did not include such a tax and 30 House Republicans have aired their opposition to this provision in their own bill. Fiona Doyle, Dean of the Graduate Division, and Chancellor Carol Christ have distributed a detailed assessment of the situation. In the meantime, at UC Davis, graduate students have been encouraged to make sure they register this year for the next quarter to avoid having to pay any possible tax for the upcoming term.
The Senate held its forum on free speech last Monday, December 4. Professor Judith Butler presented a nuanced critique of free speech absolutism, reasserting BFA’s position. You can read it here. At the same time the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) put out an important report on the assault on science perpetrated against climate change research and foreign scholars. The academic community is slowly waking up to defend its future.
Chair of the BFA