OAH Speaks Out on Academic Freedom and Defends University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor William Cronon
The Executive Committee of the Organization of American Historians deplores the efforts of Republican party operatives in the state of Wisconsin to intimidate Professor William Cronon, a distinguished and respected member of our organization and currently the president-elect of our sister association, the American Historical Association. As a professional historian, Professor Cronon has used his extensive knowledge of American history to provide a historical context for recent events in Wisconsin. Requiring him to provide his e-mail correspondence, as the Republican party of Wisconsin has now done, will inevitably have a chilling effect on the capacity of all academics to engage in wide public debate. The timing and character of the Freedom of Information Act request for Professor Cronon’s e-mail correspondence leave no doubt that the purpose of this request is to use the authority of the state to prevent William Cronon from freely exercising his rights as a citizen and as a public employee.
comments powered by Disqus
Thomas Andrew Owings - 4/2/2011
Why hasn’t the Executive Committee of the Organization of American Historians given the reader the necessary context needed to make informed judgments? William Cronon is a lifelong Democrat Activist and while the Executive Committee has gone on and on about the Republican’s political agenda, they fail to even mention Conon’s lifelong partisan activities.
If these types of political statements are going to be made by the Executive Committee they should at least make some attempt at objectivity and at least acknowledge that not all members share their political goals or Union self interest. Failing objectivity they should make known to the reader their political agenda. Maybe the the Executive Committee, Alice Kessler-Harris and R. Gordon Hoxie should review their notes on Historiography 101 and reread E.H. Carr’s What is history? This is about politics not academic freedom and the OHA should confine its efforts to scholarly endeavors not politics.
- Roman Gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank a tonic of ashes after training
- Massachusetts is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the wedding of John and Abigail Adams
- King Tut had overbite, club foot because his parents were brother and sister
- Prehistoric humans were far smarter than previously assumed
- Priests race to save manuscripts from jihadists in Iraq
- 2 conservative groups are leading the fight against the new AP standards
- The secret of successful history departments
- AHA president suggests older historians should consider making way for younger historians
- Niall Ferguson Joins Schwarzman Scholars as Distinguished Visiting Professor in China
- Francis Fukuyama is still bullish on where history is headed, but Americans should worry: republics can decay.