Around the industry: David Bowie researcher becomes David Bowie

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  • England: For Will Brooker, reading about his primary research subject, musician David Bowie, was not enough. So the professor of film and cultural studies at Kingston University will adopt his lifestyle for one year: reading his favorite books, eating his notoriously restrictive diet, wearing his makeup, and even taking singing lessons. Brooker says the experiences have definitely helped his research and given him insight into Bowie's way of thinking (Reisz, Inside Higher Ed/Times Higher Education, 8/20).
  • Kansas: A statewide faculty group ruled that a lecturer with connections to the Koch brothers does not count as a faculty member and therefore is not entitled to academic freedom at Kansas University. The lecturer, Art Hall, had sought to use academic freedom to protect his emails and other documents from an open records request. Now a court will rule whether he must release the documents; the case is slated for trial in November (Shepherd, Lawrence Journal-World, 8/18).
  • Ohio: Since July, Hocking College has fired 13 faculty members, saying they did not have the right credentials. President Betty Young says the college was updating faculty members' files to prepare for an accreditation visit when they discovered the 13 individuals did not have credentials meeting Higher Learning Commission standards. The college released those individuals on "just cause" and provided letters of recommendation for all of them (Guinn, Athens Messenger, 8/23).

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