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Author of "The Shadow University" lectures on campus freedom

Oct. 22, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Nationally renowned scholar Dr. Alan Charles Kors will lecture at Western Michigan University on "Betrayal of Liberty and Dignity on College Campuses" Wednesday, Oct. 29, beginning at 7 p.m. in room 2303 of Sangren Hall. The free lecture is open to the public.

Kors will address the limiting of free speech for students and faculty, the dangers of political correctness and the lack of legal equality on university campuses.

Coauthor, with Harvey Silverglate, of "The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses," Kors has been teaching European intellectual history since 1968 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a professor of history. He has been involved in the defense of academic freedom since his arrival at Penn, and in 1993, he defended Eden Jacobowitz in the famous "water buffalo" case. His colleagues at Penn have elected him four times to university and school committees on academic freedom and responsibility.

Kors, who earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1992 to membership on the Council of the National Endowment of the Humanities, serving in that capacity for six years. He is on the executive boards of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and The Historical Society. He has done two videotape and audio courses for The Teaching Company, "The Birth of the Modern Mind" and "Voltaire: The Mind of the Enlightenment."

The Kors lecture is sponsored by the College Republicans at WMU and made possible through the Student Activitites Fund. For more information, contact Matthew Hall at <m1hall@wmich.edu> or (269) 387-2195.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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