Academic Freedom at Penn State ...
Don't put a lot of stock in my opinion, but I am more confident that Spanier and Penn State are in error because Eugene Volokh believes it is so. Being obnoxious is not grounds for dismissing a tenured professor. If that were so, most people I've known in academic life might have been dismissed at some point or other. My friends on the left at Crooked Timber disappoint me. Kieran Healy takes aim at Eric Rasmussen's known biases and weak reasoning about the case. The issue is not Rasmussen's irrationality and prejudice, Kieran. Nor is it Erin O'Connor's literary taste, Henry. Tenured professors are neither brussel sprouts nor are they abusive students and the issue is academic freedom. We need to be quite clear about that.
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