Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Academic Freedom: Is It Really Free, and Is It Really Academic?

Engage in Contemporary Culture. By Professor Gary Anderson
Some people have come to believe that the recent address by University President Father John Jenkins is an assault on free speech that would result in Notre Dame becoming a pariah among universities. But is it the case that secular universities are promoting a freer discourse than Notre Dame? Having spent the first 10 years of my career at the University of Virginia as an assistant and associate Professor and the next eight years as a full professor at Harvard Divinity School I do not believe this is the case.

This is a letter from Professor Gary Anderson, Theology Professor at the University of Notre Dame, in response to the entire Vagina Monologues fiasco last spring. He shares the insights he gained while working at other universities: public, secular, religious, private. He brings about a couple of good points: Academic Freedom at what cost and is academia as free as academia claims. It is worth a read for it sparked further dialogue on the matter in ND's Campus Paper.

It profits a person nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for academia, for the sake of intellect?

2 comments:

Martha said...

So are you against the Vagina Monologues?

Paul Cat said...

Hey Martha,

Can't say I am for them... can't say I'm against them. I need to first read them, which I hope to do in the next few weeks.

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