Wisconsin Legislators Attack Academic Freedom at UW System

February 22, 2012 | Blog

Lest you thought their interests in UW System were merely economic, Wisconsin legislators have now baldly demonstrated their political agendas with regard to institutions of public higher education.   Squelching an art exhibit hosted by UW Extension, legislator Steve Nass framed his attack on academic freedom as an appropriate intrusion, intended to “help” Extension’s long-term interests in having state funding by promoting political correctness.

Linking together the new austerity in higher education with political interests in suppressing “liberal” education and the activities of the arts and humanities, the Wisconsin legislature brings the past antics of Lynne Cheney and her ilk to a whole new level.  It is imperative that UW System not operate out of economic fear, compromising the integrity of its programming, and instead reverse the decision to cancel “Art in Protest”– holding the event proudly, to fulfill the mission of its name.

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