Testing the Limits of Academic Freedom: Controversial Art on College Campuses

  • Keith H. Pickus Wichita State University
Keywords: Higher Education, Academic Freedom, Controversial Art


In recent months, the principle of academic freedom has made headlines. From legislative attempts to exercise control of campus activities to the passionate response to Ward Churchill's comments about victims of 9111, efforts to limit the free exchange of ideas appear with increasing regularity. This article reviews the confrontation between controversial art and academic freedom on the campuses of Wichita State, Washburn, and Indiana University within the past three years.