The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 10th, 2014
"Civility" just might be academe’s newest fighting word.
In the past week, pleas for civility at Ohio University, Pennsylvania
State University, and the University of California at Berkeley have had
the unintended effect of provoking harsh attacks on the campus leaders
who issued them. All have been accused of seeking to silence speech
rather than simply lower its tone.
Among those criticizing the actions of the three universities’s
leaders is Henry F. Reichman, chairman of the American Association of
University Professors’ Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, who
has suggested on the AAUP blog Academe that charges of incivility are
being used to silence today’s faculty members in the same way that
accusations of communist sympathies were used to silence them during the
red scare of the 1940s and 1950s.