Twenty-one years ago, the University of Michigan’s Senate Assembly created the Annual University of Michigan Senate’s Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom. This lecture serves as a constant reminder of the importance of academic and intellectual freedom and honors three former members of the faculty who were persecuted at the University of Michigan during the notorious “McCarthy Era” of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Since then each year, a leading scholar has delivered an address on some important aspect of rights granted by the First Amendment of the Constitution. On October 13, 2011, Ellen Wolf Schrecker, Professor of History at the Yeshiva University, delivered the Twentieth-First Annual Lecture. In her lecture entitled “The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University” Professor Schrecker discussed the enormous challenges that are faced by all involved in higher education.

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