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Dec 26, 2005 6:47 am

Free Speech and the American Historical Association

David Beito, Robert"KC" Johnson, and Ralph E. Luker,"A Time to Choose for the AHA in Philadelphia: Speech Codes and the Academic Bill of Rights," History News Network, 26 December, is the most recent of a series of articles in which we have collaborated:

Beito, Johnson, and Luker,"Why We Are Dissatisfied with the OAH's Report on Repression," History News Network, 15 November 2004. Republished by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education;
_____________________,"Who's Undermining Free Speech on Campus Now?" History News Network, 11 April 2005. Republished by Inside Higher Ed, 13 April; and
_____________________,"Consulting All Sides on ‘Speech Codes'," OAH Newsletter, 33 (May 2005): 11. Republished by History News Network, 9 May 2005.

Some critics of my colleague, KC Johnson, should take note of the fact that in comments at our most recent article, David Horowitz accuses him of"pandering to the academic left on this issue."

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Jonathan Dresner - 12/28/2005

Sorry, I'm not even going to be on the mainland at that point. But I'll let my friends who are going to be at the meeting know.

David T. Beito - 12/28/2005


Please come and bring your friends. We really could use the back-up at the meeting. To his credit, Horowitz has responded.....but where are the folks on the left? We've heard nary a peep.

As to money, I only wish that Horowitz would tell us where we can get some.

Jonathan Dresner - 12/28/2005

I'd have to say that the substitute resolution is a much better statement. If I were going to be there, it would be the first time I'd had a reason to be at the business meeting....

I think Horowitz needs to realize that -- though this resolution could be seen as benefiting the "academic left" (we'll talk about what that is some other time) -- not everything that benefits someone is "pandering". It's only pandering if you get some benefit from it, and as near as I can tell, there's really no money in this for you guys....

David T. Beito - 12/27/2005

I replied to Horowitz

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