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Since the 1980s, there has been a handful of faculty members who have sacrificed time, energy, peace, and, too often, fair treatment, in order to stand up for the rights of their students and their colleagues. It is hard to imagine their colleges and universities without them. They bear witness to the deepest values of... Read more Read more


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Ever since I launched the campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights some eighteen months ago in October 2003, the most salient feature of the battle against it has been the dishonesty of its academic opponents. The opposition has gone so far as to compare my campaign for intellectual diversity on college campuses to Mao... Read more Read more


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How differently universities behave when the world is watching. I’m troubled by the anonymity of charges made at noindoctrination.org. I understand the argument for such anonymity, given the climate of intimidation and retribution on today’s campuses, but I believe in individual courage and transparency. Nonetheless, the website’s invitation to rebuttal, sent to every party accused... Read more Read more


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In his recent article “Movie-sanitizing technology: clean flicks or dirty tricks?,” Paul K. McMasters, of the First Amendment Center in Virginia, examines the implications of “new technology and video equipment” that allows “sanitizers to delete words and images, skip whole scenes, change a speaker’s dialogue, switch background or scenery, put clothes on characters and insert... Read more Read more


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In a disturbing decision last month, the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) Student Senate decided to prohibit student groups from receiving student-fee funding for activities that “endorse a particular ideological, religious, or partisan viewpoint.” FIRE issued a press release today about this blatant disregard for students’ First Amendment rights. Furthermore, the decision took place in light... Read more Read more


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EAU CLAIRE, Wis., April 27, 2005—The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) Student Senate has amended its rules to forbid any student-organized activity that promotes a “particular ideological, religious, or partisan viewpoint” from receiving student-fee funding.  This new policy directly contradicts the university’s First Amendment obligation to distribute student funds regardless of viewpoint and violates the... Read more Read more


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On scores of campuses, speech codes and sensitivity training were initiated in response to threatening letters or phone calls sent to black (or other minority) students. In fact, no one knew, in almost all of these cases, whether the person sending the vile materials was a bigot, expressing hate, or a provocateur, hoping to move... Read more Read more


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Our illustrious program associate, Alexis Zoberg, who handles our case intake, has prepared an excellent summary of another crazy case of repression on college campuses. This reminds me of a favorite Mark Twain quote: “It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” Edward Bolles is a student at Southern... Read more Read more


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One thing that worries me greatly is the lack of historical perspective often demonstrated in modern politicized debates. It seems that people call each other “Nazis,” “fascists,” “communists,” and so on rather lightly and with precious little understanding of what those terms mean historically. David and I both believe the term “McCarthyism” is being badly... Read more Read more


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Juan Cole, professor of history at University of Michigan, wrote an interesting article, “The new McCarthyism,” posted on Salon last Friday about the controversy over Columbia’s MEALAC department, the Ad Hoc Committee report’s treatment of the allegations against Joseph Massad, and, in particular, The New York Times’ response to the report. The article parallels the... Read more Read more



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