OAH Responds to Recent Concerns of Academic Freedom

July 25, 2013. The Organization of American Historians has received a letter from Purdue University faculty members, many of whom are OAH members, regarding statements made by Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., during his term as Indiana governor about the use of Howard Zinn's history textbook (A People's History of the United States) in K-12 classes in Indiana, which he has recently defended and reiterated as Purdue University President. The OAH supports the academic and intellectual freedom of all faculty members, principles articulated in the letter from Purdue University colleagues. The OAH regards the current episode as a "teachable moment" when instructors in American history at every level have the opportunity to convey to our students how historians debate ideas and assess the merit of each others' written work. We invite members to contact us with their account of classroom exercises and discussion questions that they have used, or intend to use in class, to promote discussion of such issues. We promise to post as many of them as we can on our website to encourage open discussion.

Alan M. Kraut, OAH President and Katherine M. Finley, OAH Executive Director

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Posted: July 25, 2013
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