Friday, September 6, 2013

Talk About Higher Education - Academic Freedom


An open discussion of the purposes and limits of academic freedom. Friday, September 13, 11:30 am, Julian 135.

Recent revelations that former Indiana Governor (and current Purdue University President) Mitch Daniels assailed the use of Howard Zinn’s "A People’s History of the United States in Indiana Classrooms" offers us a renewed opportunity to discuss the purposes and limits of academic freedom. Where do we draw lines about what we can and cannot teach in our classrooms? Who gets to draw them? How do we decide what counts as “proper” material for our classes? How do assuage the fears of those who are concerned about propagandizing and indoctrination in the classroom? Most importantly, how do we communicate to the community at large about what we are teaching, why we are teaching it, and what our goals are? This event is designed as an open forum for discussing these and other questions surrounding academic freedom.

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