The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has launched “Heroes of Intellectual Freedom,” which highlights stories of principled individuals who have thoughtfully and respectfully argued for academic freedom. As free expression is continually dismantled across the nation on many college campuses, and university leadership is too often afraid to resist students’ demands for safe spaces, trigger warnings, and censorship of “offensive” views, it is important to honor and recognize the brave few within the academy who have worked to promote free speech—often at the risk of their careers.
The inaugural list of heroes includes:
Samuel Abrams, Professor of Politics at Sarah Lawrence College
Luana Maroja, Associate Professor of Biology at Williams College
Martha Pollack, President of Cornell University
Melvin Oliver, President of Pitzer College
Christina Paxson, President of Brown University
To read about their stories and contributions to intellectual freedom, click here >>