By: SARAH DUIS Editor-in-Chief An on-campus protest planned for Tuesday, Nov. 5, will oppose attempts by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to ban works by anti-war activist and historian Howard Zinn from Indiana classrooms. According to a July article by the Associated Press, public emails showed that in 2010 during his term as governor, Daniels sought to remove Zinn’s writings from Indiana colleges. “This crap should not be accepted for any credit by the state,” Daniels wrote in an email to Scott Jenkins, his education adviser. “No student will be better taught because someone sat through this session. Which board has jurisdiction over what counts and what doesn’t?” Daniels began serving his term as president of Purdue University in January 2013. The emails released in July sparked anger among some in the academic community, and 90 of Purdue’s approximately 1,800 professors issued an open letter to Daniels criticizing his remarks. The protest will take place in front of the Schurz Library from 2 to 4:30 p.m. It’s part of a statewide “read-in” endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers. Faculty, staff, students and the community will be able to read out loud from “A People’s History of the United States,” Zinn’s most popular work. Participants will read for three minutes each, and are also invited to talk about the importance of Zinn, public education and academic freedom. In a press release for the event, Jake Mattox, an English professor and event organizer, said he finds it a dangerous violation of academic freedom that a governor should be attempting to ban books at a state university. “Our job at a university is to encourage debate and widen students’ perspective on the world, not censor and limit what they can read,” Mattox said. What do you think?
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