Each year since 1991 the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund has sponsored the University of Michigan Senate's Annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom.

Sixteen lectures, 2001-2015, are now accessible for viewing in streaming video by visitors to this web page.  Click here to view one or more of these lectures.




 Davis, Markert, Nickerson Visiting Professorship on
Academic and Intellectual Freedom

established by the University of Michigan Board of Regents


Click here to view the action item adopted by the Regents to establish the professorship in honor of H. Chandler Davis, Clement L. Markert and Mark Nickerson.




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Challenges to a Free Press

The classic video documentary "Keeping in Mind: The McCarthy Era at the University of Michigan" by Adam E. Kulakow is now available in DVD or VHS formats.  Click here to learn more about the documentary and to place your order.

John Adams (1797-1801): During the French Revolutionary War he signed Alien and Sedition Acts, making it illegal to criticize the President or Congress. Several editors arrested and indicted

Abraham Lincoln (1861-65): During civil war he enforced mail and press censorship. Military arrested editors who opposed the war and suspended publication of some newspapers

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09): The New York World alleged corruption in acquisition of the Panama Canal. Publisher was charged with criminal libel

Richard Nixon (1969-74): The New York Times published excerpts of secret study on expanding military actions in Vietnam. Injunction prohibiting paper from printing any more was lifted by Supreme Court.