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

By B. Robert Kreiser

Abstract:

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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