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,”
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
Contact: Rachel Hatch (309) 556-3960