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Author Archives: John K. Wilson

A Civil Salaita

Today is the publication of Steven Salaita’s new book, Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom (Haymarket Books). Salaita’s book is smart, charming, funny, intense, civil, and sincere—and … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · 20 Comments

The Kids Aren’t Intolerant

April Kelly-Woessner argued last week at Heterodox Academy that “young people are less politically tolerant than their parents’ generation.” Titled, “How Marcuse made today’s students less tolerant than their parents,” … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 5 Comments

Alice Dreger Speaks Out about Censorship and the Branding of Higher Education

Former Northwestern professor Alice Dreger spoke in Evanston on Sept. 30, a month after resigning from her position in the medical school to protest censorship of the medical journal Atrium after she … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Extramural Utterances

The new issue of the Journal of Academic Freedom was released yesterday, including Cary Nelson’s much-anticipated essay. As an argument for firing Salaita, Nelson’s essay is a complete failure. Robert … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · 14 Comments

President Obama on Free Speech and Sensitivity on Campus

The following is a transcript of President Obama’s remarks yesterday at a town hall meeting in Des Plaines, Iowa: QUESTION: Hi, my name’s Ava. I’m currently a junior at Lincoln … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

What’s Wrong with the University of California’s Proposed Intolerance Policy

The proposed intolerance policy at the University of California is a badly written, repressive, and fundamentally misguided policy that any true university should be embarrassed to even consider adopting. Universities … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

How Salaita Was Fired: One Year Later

One year ago, on September 11, 2014, Stephen Salaita was fired by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. This is not a date that has attracted any media attention … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 17 Comments

Freedom of the Press Under Fire at Butler University

Butler University Dean of Communications Gary Edgerton has fired the adviser of the student newspaper, Loni Smith McKown. Here’s how it happened: On August 19, McKown received an email sent … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Do College Courses on Sexuality Cause Sexual Assaults?

Billie Wright Dziech has an essay today at Inside Higher Ed arguing that there’s too much sexuality in our society, and so we need to restrict the freedom of professors … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Coddled Kids Are All Right

The cover story of this month’s Atlantic magazine features Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s essay on “The Coddling of the American Mind.” Their thesis is simple: “A movement is arising, … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · 6 Comments



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