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Consulting All Sides on “Speech Codes”

May 1, 2005

By David T. Beito, Ralph E. Luker, and Robert David Johnson, Organization of American Historians Newsletter

Few controversies have polarized higher education more than that of Ward Churchill at the University of Colorado (CU). Many conservatives, including Governor Bill Owens of Colorado and Newt Gingrich, have demanded that Churchill be dismissed for characterizing the victims of 9/11 as "Little Eichmanns." Professors and students at CU and elsewhere have responded with rallies and petitions to defend Churchill's academic freedom. They emphasize that the health of the academy rests on the toleration of controversial, even repellant, ideas. Joining in, the faculty of Evergreen State College has boldly proclaimed that "to flourish, university life needs to be an environment where people are prepared to search for the truth, wherever it may lead and whomever it may offend" (1)... Download file "Consulting All Sides on "Speech Codes""

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