One Week to the First National Academic Freedom Conference · 31 March 2006

The debate will be held Thursday evening, April 6, at 8:00pm in the Jack Morton Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC. Young America's Foundation and the Center for the Study of Popular Culture are the co-hosts of the debate. Seating for the debate is limited and will be determined by George Washington University. Conference registration does not guarantee admission to the debate. FOXNews will be covering the debate on its show Hannity & Colmes and CSPAN will be filming the debate.

The conference will also feature U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, House Leader Jack Kingston, and the presentation of an award to Colorado high school student Sean Allen whose recording of an anti-American rant by his geography teacher, Jay Bennish, created a national furor over classroom indoctrination.

The Conference will also feature an announcement by Pennsylvania legislator Sam Rohrer of a K-12 Academic Bill of Rights to protect K-12 students from indoctrination by their teachers. Representative Rohrer is the chairman of the subcommittee on K-12 education of the Pennsylvania House.

The conference (apart from the debate) will take place at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC.

The conference is free for students, educators, non-profit employees, legislative staffers, and the media and is only $75 for the general public. Some dormitory housing is available free-of-charge for college students traveling to the conference from outside of the DC area. The conference schedule may be found here. For more information or to register for the conference, please contact Elizabeth Ruiz at 800-752-6562, ext. 202 or at

Majority Leader John Boehner Promotes Academic Freedom

This week, House Majority Leader John Boehner announced the inclusion of language from the Academic Bill of Rights in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and generously acknowledged David's efforts on Academic Freedom. In spite of the vicious attacks on our academic freedom campaign by opposition forces--a cover story in the Chronicle of Higher Education by a radical professor described David as "Worse Than Joe McCarthy"--and his prominent new position as House Majority Leader, Boehner did not flinch from the association with the academic freedom movement: "Last year, I met with Mr. Horowitz to discuss his Academic Bill of Rights. At the time I was Chairman of the House Education & the Workforce Committee. I expressed to Mr. Horowitz that the committee shared his concern and we agreed that students should be protected against discrimination based on their political or ideological views." The full statement can be read here and David's response expressing his thanks can be found here.