Quote of the Day

Apr 07, 2011 |  Ashley Thorne

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Quote of the Day

Apr 07, 2011 | 

Ashley Thorne

From a letter to the editor of the Gonzaga Bulletin:

Alfino claims that performance of "The Vagina Monologues" is a matter of academic freedom.  However, academic freedom is not a blanket principle that mandates or legitimates that anything and everything can or must be done in an academic context.  It is, rather, the policy that specifies that academic life presumes the free inquiry into truth.

The author, David Calhoun (director of Gonzaga's Socratic Club), also makes some good points about the university's efforts to exclude dissenting voices from the conversation about the campus performance of "The Vagina Monologues." His letter responds to a posting by Gonzaga philosophy professor Mark Alfino, which argues that "academic freedom justifies allowing the play."


| April 07, 2011 - 11:30 AM

From the news story comes these two rather interesting lines:

“Unlike most other events on campus, these discussions will not be open to the public, according to a campus-wide email sent by Killen.
“The play is being performed in the context of an interdisciplinary academic exploration, using a model of mutual learning by doing and reflecting that is employed regularly in classrooms at the university,” the release said.”

So thus only those of the approved political views will be in attendance so that no dissenting views may be expressed, and those who wish to be critical of this have neither the credibility nor credentials to do so.  So much for Academic Freedom….



| April 07, 2011 - 11:42 AM

Here is the url to the letter: