“When the AAUP [American Association of University Professors] speaks on academic freedom today,” maintains Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars (NAS), “it is in the awkward spot of invoking the authority of documents and traditions that it has, in substance, repudiated.”

The Edmund Burke Association and the Alexander Hamilton Insititute will sponsor the appearance of Professor Wood on the Hamilton College campus. He will speak on “The Meaning of Academic Freedom,” in the Kennedy Auditorium, Science Building, at 4:15 pm on Friday, 27 February.

Professor Wood taught anthropology at Boston University before joining the NAS, an organization “working to foster intellectual freedom and to sustain the tradition of reasoned scholarship and civil debate in America’s colleges and universities. He is the author of Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (Encounter Books, 2004) and A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America (Encounter Books, 2006).

The AHI will host a private dinner for Professor Wood after his presentation.