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March 16, 2021 at 8:39 pm

Vedder in Forbes | ‘We Need True Marketplaces of Ideas, Republics of Letters…’

Dr. Richard Vedder, portrait

Dr. Richard Vedder

Dr. Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University, wrote a column at Forbes headlined A Star Is Born: The Academic Freedom Alliance.

…Indeed, the evolution of the modern great universities is most associated, appropriately, with the Enlightenment in Europe arising out of the Renaissance and Reformation after 1450, and reaching its apogee politically with England’s peaceful Glorious Revolution and the American Revolution less than a century thereafter. And with that came a flowering of scientific inquiry, extraordinary developments in the arts, literature and philosophy —the era of Shakespeare, Galileo, da Vinci, Rembrandt, Newton and Locke. Universities provide intellectual communities where original thinkers, scientists, artists and others can flourish. The new Alliance clearly does not want universities to lose the curiosity, the vitality, or the creative intellectual diversity that spawned the Modern Age. Rather than a Cancel Culture, we need true Marketplaces of Ideas, Republics of Letters reborn and revitalized….

Read his column at Forbes.

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