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Academic Freedom Now: A Symposium Marking the 100th Anniversary of the “Scott Nearing Affair”



Academic freedom has always been vulnerable, but the topic is especially timely, in view of (among other recent events) Scott Walker's draconian threats, a variety of "post-tenure review" schemes at Texas and other places,and individual cases such as the firing of tenured professor Teresa Buchanan at LSU. Penn is appropriately the site of this symposium, to mark a milestone in the struggle for academic freedom. In 1915, the University of Pennsylvania’s Trustees fired economist Scott Nearing, in retaliation for his activism in the campaign against child labor. Nearing’s termination provoked a national debate and helped to rewrite the history of academic freedom in America.