Daniels Responds To Purdue Faculty Open Letter

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July 23, 2013 — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels has told the school’s faculty that he never tried to limit the use of a liberal historian’s writings when he served as Indiana’s governor.

Daniels sent a letter Monday reiterating his support for academic freedom.

Ninety professors signed an open letter to Daniels, saying they were more troubled by his continued criticism of Howard Zinn’s writings since becoming Purdue’s president than they were by the emails he sent as governor three years ago.

But Daniels added a new charge Monday, saying Zinn wrote one essay undercutting the scientific method, “thus attacking the foundations of Purdue’s entire research enterprise.”

The Associated Press last week published the 2010 email exchange involving Daniels.


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