Scholars at Risk would like to draw attention to the situation surrounding Professor William Cronon of University of Wisconsin at Madison. According to media reports, the university was approached by the Republican Party of Wisconsin with a request, under Wisconsin’s open-records law, for Prof. Cronon’s e-mail records. The request was received just days after Prof. Cronon published a blog post regarding legislation proposed by Republican lawmakers. Please review the following two pieces—one featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education today, and one written by Prof. Cronon on his blog—for additional information on this case.
The Chronicle of Higher Education article: http://chronicle.com/article/Wisconsin-GOP-Seeks-E-Mails-of/126911/
Professor Cronon’s personal blog: http://scholarcitizen.williamcronon.net/2011/03/24/open-records-attack-on-academ ic-freedom/