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Sep 30, 2011

Defend Academic Freedom at the University of Wisconsin-Stout

One of the worst violations of academic freedom in many years is now occurring at UW-Stout. See here.

Campus police, backed up by spineless administrators, tore door a poster from the door of Professor James Miller in the Department of Theater featuring a quotation from the popular series, "Firefly." In response, Miller put up another poster (shown above) with another quotation from the series. The police also tore it down.

Although Miller is getting full backing from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), he needs reinforcements. A chilling effect has already taken place among many UW-Stout faculty who, rather than showing support for Miller, are now removing anything "controversial" from their doors.

The best place to start, in my view, is to start calling each member of the Board of Regents of the UW System.  Here are their numbers. You can also call , Paul Stauffacher , the chair of the Theater Department and urge him to back his colleague.

In my calls, I stressed that this incident had put a black mark on Wisconsin's reputation as a beacon for academic freedom. Phone calls are best. Start now!

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