3.2.05

PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS MAY HAVE PRIVATE LIVES. More coverage of the attempt by two Members of Congress to convince Northern Illinois University to disavow private statements by adjunct Professor of Education Myron Kuropas.

The American Association of University Professors specifies that when speaking or writing as a private citizen, professors are free from institutional censorship. The same guidelines apply to the Kuropas case, [Northern Illinois publicist Melanie] Magara said.

What was also understood was Kuropas is an NIU employee and his association ends there.

"Whatever he has written about Ukrainian history is unaffiliated with us [NIU]," Magara said.

Put a complementary way, academicians ought not exploit their stature as an expert in one field to unreasonably influence thinking about topics over which intelligent laymen might otherwise disagree. I will cut the student journalist some slack over the use of the infelicitous phrase "institutional censorship." Believe me, any cases of genuine institutional censorship that come to my attention will be a topic for a post, or several.

Mr Kuropas gave the Northern Star a story about his trip to the Ukrainian President's inauguration. Blaze orange at that inauguration did not mean a lot of observers planned to go deer hunting afterward.

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