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Zinn's Work Continues To Spark Debate On Academic Freedom

Howard Zinn speaks at a podium.

University professors and students around the state organized Howard Zinn read-ins this week. The read-ins celebrated the liberal historian's work but also served as a protest of academic censorship. Zinn's work first fueled a debate in Indiana when emails were leaked from Purdue University's President, then Governor, Mitch Daniels that indicated Daniels wanted to ban one of Zinn's books, "A People's History of the United States," from Indiana classrooms.

This week on Noon Edition, we'll talk with educators and experts on Zinn's work about the importance of academic freedom.

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Deborah Menkart, Co-Director, Zinn Education Project

Carl Weinberg, Senior Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History, Indiana University.

Robert Kunzman, Associate Dean for Teacher Education, and Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education, Indiana University

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