Academic Freedom’s Best Days

April 19, 2011

That’s the title of an article in Inside Higher Education today by Richard Ohrmann, Benjamin Waite Professor of English Emeritus at Wesleyan University.  He argues that the 1960s and early 1970s were the best of times for academic freedom, and isn’t sanguine about the future.

Why not? Largely because of the increasing percentage of faculty positions that are not eligible for tenure. Nevertheless, he provides a very useful history and commentary.

It is noteworthy that Ohrmann appears only concerned about threats to academic freedom that are directed at the expression of ideas on the left.

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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