Speaker to Address Academic Freedom in a Post 9/11 World

February 27, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The pressures of patriotism are taking their toll on freedom, says writer John K. Wilson.

Wilson, author of the book Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies (Paradigm Publishers, 2007), will speak at Illinois Wesleyan University about the issues facing academic freedom after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. His talk is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in room C101 of the Center for Natural Sciences (201 Beecher St., Bloomington) and is sponsored by the Illinois Wesleyan University chapter of the American Association of University Professors. The event is free and open to the public.

Author of five books, Wilson compares “patriotic correctness” to political correctness. He charges that journalists and professors are coming under fire for questioning the government’s decisions or discussing military operations in an unfavorable light. “Today’s wave of repression in the name of patriotic correctness has only begun,” wrote Wilson.

Wilson is the founder of the Institute for College Freedom and coordinator of the Independent Press Association’s Campus Journalism Project. His works are often quoted in blogs and Web sites such as the Independent Media Center. He has also written Barack Obama: The Improbable Quest and Newt Gingrich: Capitol Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Now living in Chicago, Wilson is also the founder of the Indy, an independent newspaper for Bloomington-Normal.

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