The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0735  Friday, 19 March 2004

From:           Robert C. Evans <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 18 Mar 2004 14:00:03 EST
Subject:        Academic Freedom And Renaissance Studies

Dear Colleagues,

This is a bit off-topic, but I am hoping that Hardy will allow it to be

Many people will have read by now (but many will not) the account in the
most recent _Chronicle of Higher Education_ of the firing of two
professors at the University of Southern Mississppi.  One of these
professors is Gary Stringer, founding editor of the _Donne Variorum_
edition and one of the most distinguished scholars in the field of early
modern literature.  The fact of his firing is astonishing in itself; the
circumstances surrounding it are incredible, particularly in their
implications for academic freedom throughout the US and elsewhere.  The
full text of the _Chronicle_ article, plus much other useful information
for anyone who may want to protest this firing, can be found at the
following website:  www.geocities.com/fireshelby
I am hoping that Shakespeareans will help rally around a very good man
and one of the people who has contributed most to a better understanding
of Shakespeare's era.

With many thanks,
Robert C. (Bob) Evans
Auburn University Montgomery

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