Championing Academic Freedom at Rutgers: The Genovese Affair and the Teach-In of April 1965

By B. Robert Kreiser


In April 1966, the American Association of University Professors presented its ninth annual Meiklejohn Award for Academic Freedom to the president and governing board of Rutgers University “in recognition of [their] outstanding contribution to academic freedom” the previous year, during what had come to be known as the Genovese affair. The affair arose out of controversial remarks made by a previously obscure history professor, Eugene D. Genovese, at a teach-in on the Vietnam War held on the Rutgers campus. This essay recounts this important episode in the history of academic freedom in the United States.

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