Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The state of academic freedom

Things you might want to read:

See Michael J. Smith's dispatch entitled, the grovels of academe. Boston College bowed to pressure groups, rescinding an invitation to Bill Ayers. What can I say - political correctness strikes again.

In my state of Oklahoma, some of our esteemed legislators apparently have nothing better to do with their time than to harass the University of Oklahoma over its decision to host a presentation by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins (one of my sisters attended the presentation and said it was extremely well done). In this case, the efforts to once again make our state appear culturally backward are bipartisan in nature. To think that some wonder about my disdain for the Demublican stranglehold on the state's political institutions.

If you're interested in the latest developments in Ward Churchill's wrongful termination lawsuit against the University of Colorado, check out The Race to the Bottom and The Ward Churchill Trial. I don't want to get my hopes up too much, but it's beginning to look like the outcome could be favorable for Churchill.

Finally, I recently received the latest special issue of Works and Days - Academic Freedom and Intellectual Activism in the Post-9/11 University. The current edition contains essays from a number of heavy-hitters, including Ward Churchill, Norman Finkelstein, Michael Bérubé, and Henry A. Giroux (among plenty of others), and also includes the text of an interview with Noam Chomsky.

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