March 16, 2003
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.-Alan Kors, a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, co-author of The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses (1998) and the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, will speak about free speech in American colleges, on Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. His talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Amherst College Republicans.
Kors has taught European intellectual history since 1968, publishing widely on the European Enlightenment. He is the editor-in-chief of the new Oxford Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (2002). In 1993, Kors defended a Penn student in the infamous "water buffalo case." As president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Kors argues for free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, rights of conscience, legal equality, due process and academic freedom on American campuses.He has written and lectured widely on liberty and dignity in academic life.
The New York Times, reviewing The Shadow University, wrote, "Kors and Silverglate are old-fashioned civil libertarians who support everyone's right to sound off. While most victims of speech codes these days seem to be on the right, the authors also deplore attempts by Emerson College to censor the rap music played on the campus radio station. And they criticize the City College of New York for ejecting Leonard Jeffries, a professor of African-American Studies, from his departmental chairmanship because of his inflammatory opinions about Jews and the slave trade."