A Valuable Model for Faculty

For an example of how faculty have worked together in favor of free speech and open inquiry, we highly recommend this essay by Donald Downs and Stanley G. Payne on the work that the Committee for Academic Freedom and Rights accomplished at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their work is a model for how faculty can organize to create a campus environment that promotes the open expression of diverse ideas. In a time when so many campuses are subject to onerous speech codes, such models are especially valuable.

[F]ree speech is always under challenge in some form depending on the orthodoxy capturing campus opinion at the time—and no university is immune to the heightened calls for censorship that have emerged nationally over the past year. It is now up to potential successors to act on their initiative and at their own discretion.

Read the essay in full: The Wisconsin Fight for Academic Freedom

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