Friday, February 24, 2017

John McAdams Receives Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Award

Marquette University is back in the spotlight, and not in a good way.

Since 2014, John McAdams, a political science professor at Marquette, has been battling the Jesuit university's shocking attacks on him, the Catholic tradition, academic freedom, and free speech.

When the university tried to fire him, McAdams sued. Depending on how things play out, the case may go before a jury in June.

At CPAC on Friday night, McAdams will receive the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

It is honor that McAdams has certainly earned.

M.D. Kittle writes:

Still fighting for his speech and contractual rights two years after Marquette University drove him out of the classroom, Professor John McAdams will receive a top national academic freedom prize Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

McAdams will be awarded the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom for his outspoken criticism of political correctness on college campuses.

“Professor McAdams is a fearless defender of free speech and open inquiry, and a martyr to political correctness,” said Richard Graber, president and CEO of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, which supports the Kirkpatrick Award. “His dismissal from Marquette University flies in the face of the traditions of academic freedom.”

The award carries a $10,000 stipend and honors the memory of Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations “who was known for her outspokenness in hostile environments, her clarity and determination in the midst of oppression, and her fierce dedication to American ideals and academic freedom,” according to a statement.

Whenever I write a post about John McAdams, I always encourage donors to Marquette University to withhold their financial support.

After decades of giving financial gifts to the university, we have proudly NOT donated to Marquette since learning of the McAdams matter. No donation in 2014, 2015, or 2016. We will give no money to Marquette until John McAdams is back in the classroom and receives appropriate recompense from the university. I strongly urge others to do the same.

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