Forum: AAUP presents “Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge”
Panelists: C. Alexa Abowitz, V.P. for Administration and General Counsel
Geraldine S. Brance, Professor of English
Marguerite P. Kane, Professor of Political Science
Charles F. Tontar, Professor of Economics
In the 1950s, teachers and professors across the nation were the targets of intensive investigations into their political beliefs and associations. Those who refused to cooperate were fired. It was not until 1967 that the Supreme Court finally brought an end to a long era of political repression and heresy hunts, and announced that academic freedom is “a special concern of the First Amendment.” Marjorie Heins will discuss the history, the personal stories, and the implications for today’s political struggles, as told in her new book, Priests of Our Democracy. She is the founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP). A civil liberties lawyer, author, and teacher, she serves on the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure and is the author of four previous books.
Refreshments will be served.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science.