"A university’s essential character is that
of being a center of free inquiry and criticism --
a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else."
Commencement Address, Columbia University, 1968.
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oops, that ain't hapnin anymore
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Yes, and politics and religion should stay out of it, though its debate should stay in. Political and religious debate is healthy but a University's position should never take sides.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    It SHOULD be the center of free inquiry and criticism. Unfortunately, those who speak freely on unpopular issues tend to get fired. Firing those with unpopular views demonstrates the inaccuracy of this statement.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
     -- Anonymous      
    The sentiments of this quote need drastically to be revived... Students and faculty need to be proactive in bringing this about.... It must be achieved from within.....
     -- Robert, St. Emilion, France     
    Joe of Rochester, MI: then there are those who have "tenure," which means regardless of how wild the precepts they teach, they CANNOT be fired. The phrase is "free inquiry," not dogma taught by those who feel they are the cognoscenti.
     -- Bob, Charlotte, VT     
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