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Howard Zinn Read-In and Book Drive

When: Mon., Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 2013

The idea for these events was sparked when the Associated Press reported that the current Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, in 2010 as Governor of Indiana, tried to prevent Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” from being discussed in Indiana schools. Calling Zinn "anti-American" and his work "execrable,"the news soon became a national scandal. Many students, faculty, and citizens of Indiana expressed deep concern over the news that the President of one of our great public universities would have attempted such censorship. The Read-Ins across Indiana will be a commemoration of academic freedom and a declaration of anti-censorship.
While prompted by the former governor's comments about Howard Zinn and his attempt to stifle open discussion, we will focus on the important themes of democratic education, freedom of speech, academic freedom, and the relationship between politics and education -- themes that concerned Howard Zinn throughout his life. The program will consist of speeches by students, high school and university teachers, alumni, and community members. These will be interspersed with readings from the work of Howard Zinn. While the event is taking place, audience members and passers-by will have the opportunity to participate by writing on chalkboards, which surround Democracy Plaza. Copies of Howard Zinn's work will be collected to deliver to area high schools.

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