Document Type

Opinion

Publication Date

8-30-2016

Department

English

Abstract

In recent days a colleague in the Political Science Department at Gettysburg College has been pilloried in the local and national press for her stand on teaching the upcoming presidential election. It troubles me that much of the criticism levied against her seems disengaged from the text of her original column on the subject, or from the ample evidence of excellence in her long and well-respected career; it horrifies and disgusts me, however, that she has suffered through epithets and threats to her personal safety for simply voicing a thoughtful, heartfelt opinion, however provocative or controversial. I firmly believe we should protect and indeed celebrate respectful dissent and unpopular speech. [excerpt]

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Original version is available from the publisher at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/speak-free-or-lie-academic-freedom-the-obligation_us_57c5fbe8e4b07addc40f9d9f

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