The following testimonies were given before the Pennsylvania State Legislature's Select Committee to investigate the condition of academic freedom in the state's public colleges and universities. The committee was formed as a result of the passage of HR 177, the PA version of the Academic Bill of Rights introduced by Representative Gib Armstrong. For more information on HR 177, please see David Horowitz's article Victory in Pennsylvania . For press releases and press coverage on the Pennsylvania legislation and hearings, please see our Pennsylvania Actions Page .
Pennsylvania’s Academic Freedom Reforms
Now that the
dust has settled on the academic freedom hearings that were held in Pennsylvania from
September 2005 to June 2006, it is time to look at what was actually
accomplished. According to the teacher unions, and their allies in the press, the
effort was a “waste of time.” This was the editorial comment in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for example.
Others found the results modest, if worthy.
What I Told Pennsylvania's Academic Freedom Hearings
By David Horowitz--FrontPageMag.com--01/11/06
Yesterday in testimony before the Select Committee of the Pennyslvania House on Academic Freedom at Temple University, I let the legislature know the nation's universities are not upholding their own standards of speech and debate.
Testimony of Anne Neal, President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 01/10/06
Let me begin by saying that lack of intellectual diversity is not a new problem, nor is it a matter of a few isolated incidents or abuses, as some of the witnesses would have you believe.
Testimony from Stephen Zelnick and Logan Fisher at Temple University
The following are testimonies given at Pennsylvania's Academic Freedom Hearings (held on January 9 and 10), by Stephen Zelnick, a veteran professor at Temple, and Logan Fisher, a senior majoring in business law at Temple.
The Pennsylvania House Considers Academic Freedom
By Stephen H. Balch--National Association of Scholars--11/10/05
Testimony from Stephen H. Balch, President of the National Association of Scholars.
Pennsylvania Academic Freedom Hearings
By David French--FrontPageMagazine.com--10/28/05
FIRE president David French gives a lesson in academic freedom to Pennsylvania educators and legislators in a historic hearing before the Pennsylvania House.
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