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Donald A. Downs

Donald A. Downs is an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a member of the academic committee of the Academic Freedom Alliance. He is the author, among other books, of Cornell ’69: Liberalism and the Crisis of the American University (Cornell University Press) and Free Speech and Liberal Education: A Plea for Intellectual Diversity and Tolerance (CATO).

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Stories by this Author

  • Advice

    So They’re Trying to Shut You Up

    How to defend yourself in a free-speech crisis, whatever your politics.
  • The Review

    The Quintessential Institutionalist

    Walter LaFeber, who died this month, defended the university from foes on the left and the right.
  • Commentary

    Don’t Cut Research Ties With the Military

    Amid debate over the report on the ties between intelligence agencies and academe, let’s not rush to bar all such work.
  • Point of View

    Bridging the Gap Between the Military and Elite Campuses

    The repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ alters the field for training officers on college campuses.
  • The Review

    ROTC and the Future of Liberal Education

    Last September, Barack Obama spoke at a forum on public service at Columbia University. “I recognize that there are students here who have differences in terms of military policy,” Obama, then a senator, said when the contentious issue of Columbia’s banishment of the Reserve Officer Training Corps…
  • The Review

    Repairing the Breach Between Academe and the Military

    For decades the relationship between the military and academe has been marked by indifference, even hostility. But there are signs of rapprochement. Last month Harvard Divinity School sponsored a two-day conference, “Ivies and the Military: Toward Reconciliation,” in a concerted attempt to…