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Academic freedom forum to feature AAUP officers


Kinsey, Wells


Preserving academic freedom in American universities will be the topic of a forum planned in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Female on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom of the IU School of Law-Bloomington.

Jim Capshew, IUB professor of history and philosophy of science, and the biographer of IU’s Herman B Wells, will open the forum with an historical look at Wells’ defense of Kinsey’s research while Wells was president of the university. Guest panelists will be Mary Burgan, a former president of the American Association of University Professors who served on the Department of English faculty at IUB, and David Rabban, professor of law at the University of Texas and a member of the AAUP executive committee. A reception will follow in the faculty lounge.

Read Burgan’s op-ed piece, titled “Academic Freedom in a World of Moral Crises” from the Sept. 6 Chronicle of Higher Education at this AAUP Web site:

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Publication date: January 31, 2003
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