Villanova University: Workshop Cancelled

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Villanova University

  • Letter from two free-speech groups implore Villanova to reconsider workshop

    February 28, 2012

    Two free-speech groups have called on Villanova University to reconsider its decision to cancel a workshop by a controversial gay performance artist. The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education sent a letter to Villanova’s president, the Rev. Peter H. Donohue, saying they were concerned about the “threat posed to academic freedom” by the abrupt cancellation of Tim Miller’s workshop, which was scheduled for mid-April. Donohue said he called off the residency because of the “explicit, graphic, and sexual content” of Miller’s work and not because of his sexual orientation. Miller’s shows often contain […]

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  • Villanova Cancels Workshop by Controversial Gay Performance Artist

    February 24, 2012

    In a letter sent today, FIRE and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) have asked Villanova University to explain how academic freedom and free speech are safe on campus in the wake of Villanova’s decision to cancel a workshop sponsored by faculty in the university’s Department of Communication. The workshop by gay-rights activist and artist Tim Miller, scheduled for April 16-20, was canceled after criticism of the content of Miller’s past work came to the attention of Villanova’s senior leadership. The workshop is not necessarily related to any of Miller’s past performances, and Villanova has strongly stated that although it […]

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