The Tale of Professor X

By Sherryl Kleinman


Once upon a time at a large public university, Professor X created a course. The course was approved by his department and faculty committees on campus and was then scheduled to be taught. But high-level administrators did not like Professor X’s course in part because it examined misbehavior by the university. And so they tried to keep Professor X from teaching his course. Professor X and his colleagues fought back and won, though not everything. This story, based on real events at UNC–Chapel Hill, highlights the need for vigilance and solidarity in resisting threats to academic freedom and shared governance.

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