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Free Universities - Or Captive?


Free Universities - Or Captive?


This New York Times opinion piece argues that the recent wave of demonstrations against physicist William Shockley represents a problematic trend in diminishing what the author calls “academic freedom.” The author argues that the increasing number of “politicized” demonstrations across American universities against racist speakers threatens the ability of campuses to “be kept open as forum(s) of ideas, no matter how controversial.” The author implies that Shockley should have been allowed to speak at Dartmouth, since universities ought to serve as “sanctuaries of freedom” for all ideas, no matter how injurious or unpopular.

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The New York Times

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New York, NY


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The New York Times Company

Citation Information

New York Times, “Free Universities – Or Captive?” Oct. 20, 1969. New York, NY: The New York Times Company, 1969. Shockley Incident records, DA-23, Box 2852, Folder 6, Rauner Special Collections Library.

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