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Academic Freedom Alliance Comes to Defense of U. Penn Prof Amy Wax, Who was Threatened With Sanctions For Wrongthink

Academic Freedom Alliance Comes to Defense of U. Penn Prof Amy Wax, Who was Threatened With Sanctions For Wrongthink

“We regard this as a threat to Professor Wax’s tenure and her employment as a professor at the Law School, and a grave violation of her academic freedom”

Professor Amy Wax was accused of inviting a controversial speaker to her class and making controversial statements. If you’re confused about the actual infraction, you’re not alone.

From the AFA:

AFA Sends Letter to Penn on Amy Wax

The Academic Freedom Alliance (AFA) today sent a letter to the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in defense of Professor Amy Wax, Robert Mundheim Professor of Law, after Dean Theodore W. Ruger of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School asked Penn’s Faculty Senate to impose “a major sanction” on Professor Wax for dozens of her public statements and several teaching decisions.

“We regard this as a threat to Professor Wax’s tenure and her employment as a professor at the Law School, and a grave violation of her academic freedom,” wrote Janet Halley and Lucas E. Morel, co-chairs of the AFA’s Academic Committee, in the letter to President M. Elizabeth Magill. “The AFA now asks that the University Faculty Senate conclude its current consideration of Dean Ruger’s referral letter.”

Today’s letter from the AFA follows a previous letter that the organization sent to Penn defending Professor Wax’s academic freedom on January 16, 2022. As noted in this previous letter, Dean Ruger initially issued a statement saying that Wax’s comments were protected by principles of academic freedom. Since then, the AFA has learned of Dean Ruger’s calls for sanctions against Professor Wax, which were made in a letter dated March 3, 2022.

“[Dean Ruger’s] 12-page document accuses Professor Wax of making controversial statements on issues of law and public policy—statements we regard as fully protected by principles of academic freedom—and inviting a controversial speaker to lecture to her class,” Halley and Morel write in today’s letter. “The University of Pennsylvania should take no action against Professor Wax and state unequivocally that tenure remains a fundamental protection for all of its diverse faculty as they teach as University of Pennsylvania professors and speak as private citizens.”

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Comments

So, what exactly are these “controversial” statements she made, and who are the “controversial” speakers she invited?

    henrybowman in reply to Rand. | July 19, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Call CSI to look for literally dead students, and find out exactly what words threatened and then killed them. Then you will have your answer.

So which woke organization or students, etc put pressure on the dean to change his mind?

    coyote in reply to rochf. | July 20, 2022 at 9:26 am

    I don’t think the Supreme Court is a woke organization. But ultimately the pressure will come from the threat that that’s where the case will be heard. The guys at Penn might be crazy, but they’re not stupid. Amy Wax is a big hero of mine.

    I’d say it takes a lot of chutzpah to withstand the storm, but she ~is~ the storm.

      rochf in reply to coyote. | July 20, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      I thought the Dean was initially supportive of her and then reversed himself–did I read that wrong?

The AFA is going to be pretty busy. Can I donate?

Libertas_7_4_1776 | July 20, 2022 at 9:21 pm

Any conservative who does not consider contributing to professor Wax defense is either brain dead or broke.