We're on the Map! · 11 February 2004

The first piece, by SAF creator David Horowitz, delves into the history of the academic freedom movement and the urgent necessity for the academic bill of rights to be adopted by colleges and universities. Horowitz dispels the many false accusations that critics of the Bill have launched and describes in detail the ways in which it would strengthen scholarship and encourage academic inquiry.

"By adopting the Academic Bill of Rights, an institution would recognize scholarship rather than ideology as an appropriate academic enterprise," Horowitz writes. "It would strengthen educational values that have been eroded by the unwarranted intrusion of faculty members' political views into the classroom." You can read this piece on the SAF website at www.studentsforacademicfreedom.org.

A second piece by Chronicle of Higher Education reporter Sara Hebel chronicles the experiences of students at Duke University and elsewhere who have suffered partisan teaching at the hands of their professors and provides an in-depth look into the debate over the version of the Academic Bill of Rights that was recently introduced in the Colorado legislature. You can read Sara Hebel's piece here .

University of Illinois-Chicago Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Stanley Fish chimes in with a third column on the Academic Bill of Rights. Fish refers to SAF's adoption of the term "intellectual diversity" as "genius."

"The vehicle that is bringing ["intellectual diversity"] to the streets and coffee shops of your hometown is David Horowitz's Academic Bill of Rights, which has been the basis of legislation introduced in Congress, has stirred some interest in a number of states, and has been the subject of editorials (both pro and con) in leading newspapers," writes Fish.

In his column, Fish, who was consulted on writing of the Academic Bill of Rights, maintains that academia must be protected from political pressures, but argues that the championing of "intellectual diversity" opens the pathway for further abuses.

Taken together, these three articles provide a fascinating look at what our organization has achieved in eight short months, and we should be encouraged by the fact that the Chronicle of Higher Education considers the Academic Bill of Rights worthy of such detailed and nuanced debate within its pages.

Help us to continue this outstanding progress. Please continue to email me about any abuses of your academic freedoms or submit a complaint form on our website here. Our new Organizational Handbook is now available on our website and contains all the information you need to set up a Students for Academic Freedom Chapter on your campus. I am always available to listen to your questions and concerns. You can reach me at sara@studentsforacademicfreedom.org or at 202-969-2467.

Best Regards,
Sara Dogan
National Campus Director
Students for Academic Freedom