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John W. Egerton Papers, 1961-1965, Box 2 Folder 7

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John W. Egerton Papers, 1961-1965, Box 2 Folder 7
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Sheldon Grebstein Part 1
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Egerton, John
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Academic freedom -- Florida -- Tampa ( lcsh )
History -- Tampa (Fla.) -- 20th century ( lcsh )

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This collection consists of materials relating to the 1962-1964 Johns Committee investigation of the University of South Florida. The collection includes correspondence, press statements, statements to the Florida legislature, editorials, various newsletters and newspaper clippings, as well as the typescript of "The Controversy," John Egerton’s unpublished 300-page study of the Johns Committee.

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A ReaardiDC h Choic of t Essay 'The for Claaa UaG iD Advaaced Writtna of the baaic pf a collca instructor is that classes with .. which iD his o,iaioa will bolt assist their l&rDiQio If be teaches acicDcc8 he will laboratory clHIOUtratioaa aDCl d.NDteo If be art., bel will iadst that his atuclcata Yicw the work of ,racttctaa artiatao If he tcachc1 writi will i11clude 1111 tllllll .. of writiq doac by J)rofcaaioD&lao I a teacher of Utcraturc ancl of writiqo Swelral clay1 qo I cliatributecl to ., clua 1!11 AdvUlCCicl Wrlti .. at t UDivKiity of South Pllorlda .. a class ._.,bat dlff rnt tbaa .oat ta tbcl ap &Del sflati 1 MtU&"ity of ita atuclaata "' a copy of aa which first a,,carcd four JC88 aao iD OINl of thCI 111DSt respected iDt&llectual pailllG8 ie Allllrica, .. .._ hgiee Jn'Wo !Ida article was tltlCld ''I'M IIJiowcolothilll .._iaa," aiiCl, aa ita title i-.liea, it was a bltstcri111 attack ufJO!lil ccrtaifl witfta of tu so-called "BGat Gerattoa11' particularly the Jack !be author of tbG article, HorND flodhorct&p ia tbc cclf:tOI' of c-at!!'Je aeothlir hiply reaardGCI jMMI'Ml .. 1'M 41UCatlM .,., arises 8 wbJ did I choos e to i)Ut tbia article lato tbcl haada of ., atllllcleta9 I will shortly att to uavcr tM qMatioao Bowwcr9 a bacqroutlld IIIU&t be J)I'OVidHo I first read this ticlc lna bcfor I wca kllltN of tbl of the UaiveralC, of lhuth rloridao My ()JliDioa of it then has raaind uaahakaa to this MllelDto It struck me oM of the clnreat, most viaorous9 t fOI'coful J>iGCca of its killlCl I had WClr &lllo Althouah the articl11 Mllaa aa a ltook rwic.w of two of Kerouae' DOVcb9 it aOOID

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b coec an assault upoa !at Goaeration, ADd a c Dtary om 1 to of a sianificant of lifco Alth o t with it d l y I was of all by hiSh quality of 1te vriti and fi THI I GI'NIOUS MADIR D1 WHICH Till A1ml01t QOORS THI BEAT WRI AND THI'M USIS rK!IIt OWl WORDS AGADSf '!'lUll to HOW MD FOOLISH THft A1t Q Is dol111 ao g he ct.acrip>t1cna of acts as tHy im tM IIO'fela, al!ld apt to coud t ud a iullty of tbe !Gat viw of x., OD uay oecatlif4!la ioo tl: Q)A&t fw Jfl&l'l I or leai'M
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we have bun pi:'.ariq for the loqest assia-nt to date -the writina of a book review as it might be handled by a professional writer publishina it ia a ugaziae. To this end, I wanted the atudnts to see a of a publishecl reviev so that they miaht uaderstancl what possibilities ware available in this form. I chose the article ia question, thea, because it s...ed to illustrate eveeythiag we had ben doiaa. It wass lo a fine exnple of llised languaae levels, with the authors skillful stJle coatrasted to poor work of those be was attacld.q; 2o. lt was a ace11cat illustration of bow effectively cODDOtative luguap could h Cllploycd; lo it vas a tn>ical reviar of the kiad which appears in so. of our 110st uaazincso Of course, I rccosaf.zcd that the article contained quotatioaa which frankl7 deacribod aozua1 acta. but I bDaeatly did not believe these portioaa would be offensive because the writer presents these quotations solely for the purpoae of the corruptioa in the books he is attackiq, PurthGftiOre, tbls 1a a t'llOderD book reviw of modern books, and I believecl that ve all had faced the fact that frank descriptioas of amc are a tandard it iw books of the tveatit!ith centtarJo I lmw that ., students, laraely la&lish .. jora, wore familiar with the work_ of such writers as ..,._. Joyce, !meat BeminpaJ, and Williu Paulkller, and that the caadid treatment of sex would not be DGV to .tbemo Fiaally, I was confident that the aaturity of tb. class (composed laraely of aDd including seven married women and a retired Al'llly colOMl) would e"ble thn to ace the artt.cle indts entire coateat ...... that isp aa a routiae part of our class worko Wo would realize, I thoulht, that tbGaex and the vulgar laaguace were purely incidental to out which waa and 1a to study writinao

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-4-I agrGG without that articlG coataiD lamcuagc and d scriptioaa which are not suitable for childr Do I do oot university atudGnta aa children aDd I do not reg&rd myself aa a of childrGn, but as a bor of aa dult ctual comauaityo It was with this attitudG that 1 camG to Uoivcraity of South Florida a few vGks esoo It vas with this attitude that I brgught the into my clasaroaa. It vas vitb this attitude I thought it would ba by all concracdo ThG articlG caa, stand oa ita meritao lt is a attack by a upon a corrupt cult, amd it is a warDia& that ve must not follow the kind of behavior that tho IGat advocat@ao I cannot in all conscience fOGl that such a piGec of wrltiDg has beGn harmful to at the UDivGraity of South PloridAo a a,ectfully aubmittcd9 Sheldon Normaa Aasistaat of October 199 1962

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Grebstein used bad jud'gment---he should have said to himself, "this is the best material available, it is valuable and useful, but it has some language in it that would be offensive to some people and'rather than take a chance on unnecessarily upsetting or antagonizing these people, I 111 just not use it a.../.J /uJ.. tv-o-4 {h._d_ -tLc._ <-V -thd:-aN-fu_fJJ&i The Board acted in demanding dismissal without looking into the facts. Its impulsive and arbitrary action ignored the own that internal administration of the University,is up to the President and his staff. T h e faculty is using bad judgment, demanding that the Board cease and desist, without taking into consideration that the Board has made a poor snap judgment' and may be to reverse it if given a way to save face. But beneath this all li'es the question: Does a .professor have an established right and responsibility to choose the manner will teach/ in which he class and the materials which he will use to teaeh it?1 And does the University have the right and responsibility to determine the is a good one? Or is. this right the Board of Control's? The more the faculty supports the president, the less likely is he to be fired, because the Board woald .the. n have to replace not only a president but an faculty and administration as well. The faculty should recognize this, and stand together behind his decision; the president should recognize and make a decision the faculty Should support.

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The issue is not whether Grebstein used good or bad judgment, or whether he was naive or deliberate. It is not whether the material was the best or a poor clloiee, or whether it is salacious or profound. The issue is whether he had a right to uaeit, and whether the Board had a right to punish him for doing so. Ia the Board, in its effort to tighten control over the Universities, setting up unreasonable and unworkable procedures and policies on such things as clearance of new faculty and students, use of classroom materials for teaching, I approval of visiting lecturers, and the like? \ f

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There are two issues: (1) Did Dr. Grebstein violate Board of Control policy? This is a narrow and rather clear-cut issue which is now under study by the special faculty committee. This question also raises larger questions, as far as Dr. Grebstein is concerned immediately, this question must be answered first. (2) The second, and large,r1question involves'political interference in the operation of the Universities. What has necessitated such stringent policies as the Board has recently adopted? What prompts suspensions and other such drastic measures? Does a faculty member have the right and responsibility to choose teaching materials, and does the administration have the right and responsibility to determine if he has chosen responsibly? Or, is the right and responsibility to choose subject to agonizing scrutiny at every levei, and is the right and responsibility to subject to politically-pressured intrusion from outside the University administration? The first question cannot be allowed to become the major issue. There is not unanimity among our faculty, and we could notmuster enough outside support to force a total victory there, making the Board of Control back down and lose face. But the second question can be argued, and can be won, and in winning it we will also .necessarily win the first. We must fight on the second, the larger, issue, and'in so doing eliminate the pressure by which que-stions such as the first can be raised.

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Dr. Sh'eldon N. Grebstein has been suspended from the University of South Florida faculty tor distributing allegedly salacious material .in one of his classes, in violation of Board of Control policy. A hearing is now in progress by a nine-man University faculty committee, which will report to President whether or not it feels Board policy has been violated, and whether or not it feels Dr.-Grebstein should be dismissed by the Board. Thus there has arisen once again a crisis of considerable proportions in the state university system. Much sound and fury has erupted over'the Grebstein case, and there is wide division. of o ptnion:r.about his good or bad judgment, his naivete or deliberateness and A good or bad quality of the material he distributed. These are subjective arguments, however, and there can never be total agreement on them by all parties. The faculty committee must consider these arguments, and it must decide if it believes Board policy was violated But its recommendat.ion, and the President 1 s ultimate decision to seek dismissal or reinstatement, does not resolve the dilemma. The facts of this case, andits final resolution, deal with a symptom of the basic problem, not the proplem itself. These are the questions'which are part and parcel of the real problem:. Does a -professor have a responsibility and a right to use his ownprofessional judgment in deciding how he will t-e .ach his courses and what teaching materials he will use? Does the' University administration .have an obligation to. determine, in questionable eases, if a professor's choice judgment are sound and responsible? Should a partT or group outside the

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established University system framework---a legislative committee, a church a committee of parents or any other---be able to accomplish, by exertion of pressure, the implementation of stringent policies and harsh retaliatory measures against those who may have Is a University the same as a business, or a military unit or a branch of government, as far as administrative proceduresconcerned? Let us concede for a moment that Dr. Grebstein used bad judgment under the circumstances. But what are the circumstances? They are these: pressures from a ot sources have forced the Board of Cqntrol to apply more rigid and conservative restrictions to the operation of the universities. These pressures, ultimately political in nature, have gradually reduced the latitude of decision for the several university administrations, and consequently have reduced the latitude of the individual 1professor to teach his classes as he judges they can best be taught Any responsible member of the Board of Control, or of the administration or faculty of the several must recognize this basic illness of the Florida university system. These men must stand together to seek reasonable ways to establish a system as free as humanly possible from any hint of political control or from any application of pressure from outside itself. The Board of Control unde r laws giving it responsibility I for governing state university system; it cannot exercise this responsibility unless it has freedom and power commensurate it

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The suspension of Dr. Sheldon N. Grebstein from his teaching duties at the Universityof South Florida is a symptom---not a cause in itself of a serious and far-reaching disorder in the state university system. Important aa the separate of Dt. Grebsteln's choice of teaching material may bet the more fundamental issue revolves around these questions: Is a professor to be allowed to exercise his best professional judgment in the selection of teaching materials and the manner in which he teaches his courses? Is the University administration to be allowed to determine, ln questionable cases, if the professor's judgment is sound and responsible? We believe the answers to these questions should be in the affirmative. In recent months, however, it has become increasingly clear that the State Board of Control, under extreme political pressure from the Johns Committee and other outside influences, has felt compelled to restrict the latitude of Judgment which individual faculty members and their administrative superiors .. y exercise. The history of higher education in this country has clearly affirmed the fact that universities of superior quality cannot thrive in an atmosphere where responsible and unemotional exploration of ideas is stifled. Universi ties are not businesses; they cannot be compared military life, or with any other branch of government. The ones which have to greatness have consistently given thorough and dispassionate attention to the whole spectrum of products in the marketplace of ideas. Florida's state universi ties show limitless promise of reaching this summit of greatness, but the

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-2-way is now bldcked by those whose self-interest would have it otherwise. The most damaging thing that can be said about Dt Grebstein is that under the circumstances, he may have used bad judgment. But it is the stances themselves, not his judgment, Which are at fault. Had the Univer sity of South Flori ds not been under steady attack for several months, the material he distributed in his Advanced Writing class may have raised no question at all. The difficulty ts not Dr. Grebstein, but rather the atmos phere of fear and suspicion generated by insidious investigations and the necessity to avoid at any cost all actions Which might be offensive to any person who wishes to question them. It is obviously not possible to apply such broad and smothering standards of acceptability to higher learning. There is a clear and present danger that the Florida State University System will be permanently damaged by political intrusion into its internal operation. Unless the Board of Control acts immediately to remove itself as far as possible from sny hint of political control, and unless it quickly restores to the several universities a more reasonable latitude of judgment by their administrators and professors, the inevitable result will be a departure by the most able to an atmosphere where honest inquiry is permitted. are concerned about the future of higher education in Florida. There is too much at stake to allow the vested interests of a few to destroy the labors and sacrifices of the overwhelming majority of citizens who believe in and support a system of universities beyond the reach of politics. Let the Board of Control, the several university administrations and their faculties --the people duly appointed and employed to do so ---operate the State University System to the best of their ability, in the highest

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. traditions of American public education. We stand for this principle of freedom from political manipulation; the universities and their governing body must also stand now for this principle, or forfeit its opportunity to attain its lofty potential. Economically, politically and morally, the state of Florida faces a moment of truth which cannot be ignored. we hereby give our wholehearted support and encouragemeht to those who can and wtil ahoose wlselyt and fear and unrest in the universities with an atmosphere of responsible conduct of quality higher education. --------------------------. -. -. UMPIRE University Manipulation by Politicians Impairs Responsible Education FAMOUS -Floridians Against Manipulation of Our University Systems TRUMP -Tampans Resisting University Meddling by Politicians CRUMP-Citizens for Resisting University Manipulation by Politicians An organization of persons who wish to see Florida's universities operated in a responsible manner by the Board of Control, free of political pressure and interference. No dues, no requirements for belonging other than those stated above. No regu-lar meetings. Just an affirmative expression of confidence ln the several uni-versity administrations to conduct their institutions' internal affairs in accordance with broad Board of Control policy fairly constructed in the best interests of quality education. Organizers: Steering committee of parents, legislators, private citizens, students. Supported by bar, medical, ministerial associations, civic groups, Chambers of Commerce, alumni and Foundation members. Action: Write definitive statements of this position, get signatures of support from as many people as possible.

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R()i C H ( ,L. ;-, i i : i:.:E'r..""'): IA L ) O P E N LF:T'TE R T O THE BOA R ) O f CONTROL beyond b elief a t the sumoary suspen.sion of Dr. It raises several issue s vital to the continuation of System in Florida and these issues must. be quickly settled if there can be any chanct! r.e.storing morale to our faculty. It is qur considerar.c 1udgm ent c hut t:h e act ion of President Allen is Dr. Grebstein on afternoon, 19 w a s actually at the instigatlon of the \ : 1! 't i !;1\; .. ''. Board. of Control. Presiden!" Alll:'. n is too wise and experienced an administrator .:,. way on his own responsibilit y and w e can -: ,. t brought.: such that he had no alternative. If we. please this point at once. If we are correct, then the Board must ... /I responsibility it is critically important that the questions raised below answered frankly and promptly. '. As, the Board must surely realize, tht! suspension of a faculty ..... ... is .re-instated, is a mos t serio;s m atter. It becomes part of j ...... <} 't go with the res t of his life. i A man 1 s ent.ire profession. or if .;: blighted SltSpe.nsion developes int o permanent di.smissal b ecomes .. rr. reviewing this most u nfortun ate three se.p aratt: q uestions arise and they must be kept in .orde r that discu s sion can proc ee d profitably 1'hese uestions are: (Was th'e offt!nsto suf fic:i. e ntly serious to justify such extreme

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.: I 11 \ ) t he Board ? (3) Did H0-3!:d cc.l-.::: ir:.; ir n;annt!r't With .to the first quesdon it is assumed that Dr. Grebstein's offense was a violation of the Board of Control regulation that faculty conduct .should conform with .the "generally accepted standards of common decency". This is a very big phrase .requiring iirJnediate definition. Whose standards are applied:. the students i tr.'t he class who are immediately affected? the academic professlon ? or the professor functions? or the standards held by the seven m e n who happen at: the moment to be members of.the Board 7 More explicitly, is it indecent to discuss reproduction in a biology clal i .wtth direct reference to the male and female sex organs? Is it l to display to an art class art treasures in painting or sculpture which reveals \ nude human figure? Is it indecent to discuss in a 'sociology class the findings of. human a classical work like the Kinsey Report describing sexual behavior of the/male and female? Is it indecent to read in a modern literature class such authors as Hemingway, Faulkner and Joyce, all of whom have passages more lurid than.the one which offended the Board -'l !n the present instance, Dr. Grebstein assigned to an advanced 1 l f t I ... creative'writing an extended review written by Norman Podhoretz, editor magazine which most effectively demonstrated the technique of using an language and in the critical_demolition o f the author's own case. The

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. ''. r.: the that.'tt. has been and i t wae from euch an anthology used widely 1. .,t ..... ... 1 l,j "' ... ,, '" 1 .. ; .; l .. 1 l 'Y '. the country that Dr. Grebatein obtained the text for distribution to hie clau;J '-'Mr: .' attack upon the that even its depravity. The purpose of ( ... of the beatnik writing-'in order to show its inanityTsame as .-t. .. to quote the Salinger book in do .cume.nt its I ..... .:-.. We presume that it was these few sex referencat, I. *PpnwiJ' admitted they in detail which so inflamed the committee. ,!. \ .. ( lerioua a 'tudenta ,.. i" _In any case, who can eay that an assignment given .the country flouts the standards of coumon decency and juetifiea sUJIIDAry case ia more I It t a that a Board shall set forth broad lines of policy' ancs''leave r anization the task of applyins such I.

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.. f .. 1 \ j \ l .... '' '. ,.. ... .. aacl thia point was reeognizecl by tae ita: :fe'cpt \ .... .:: . ) .. .. 'y ; .' t ... t J.>. repJ.y ito coDmittee 11AY1s:tg that lit .... d1.4 not J.ntend tQ ; d.tct .ate ... f' -4 'l' 'J l ... l The running of ... l:-'!ke the. J, ... 'J' '.. .._ I of a .bo,pitalJ. thi.n of. the1 a : buaine,s--.ent.ea:pl!iae al.thol!sn vn. ''" "' 1 1 I lallter inatance,; t he"Board tof. Directors aeldo111: get involved, ill _........ What holpital: .could ltup.: .any : ite. taff,jl.fl. : t he BQard j lo' I I conatantly. .br-&tbtng down neck: of the 1urgeon,. teltiug when and bow t:ooperate, how to make tbe.inciiion and how to bandle'tbe other ietail of his craft, all the.'time be acted .contrary. to their judgment? No : i ... .., : typi,cal professor in bighe r education .. 'ir '.; l '), ,\." \ ,' ... for example, bas bad five .. 1-o, :Bachelor : .. Degree and ten ,years of exper1'ence. '' I ')>,, Be must be and 1 ( ttl. dtgnity consistent with such 1 expert training and -se.riou .reapona ibility ;., 1: :Gt:bt;eill1 can be ,1>:i \. ... ., ( .. summadly, then. no -1>, ,., t;l. f ... ,. ,.:ft,\ If.: 'J> ,.' at .. '" I I .... t;1 : .. l, '\ ..... rl" ll> / :mart or ., l 1 r """'. .... :t '' ""at 11 ._: i "'\. 'anct to tbe 'I I South P'lortda or nat any oti the institQtionl'. .. : 1;: J 1 I' If ''I ',f. i 4: some. reading .-terial can be up ; ... > :_\-> .. Board and maa'a.profional crer atro universitiea o! competent sufficient to aeet

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of a d}rnamic Florida if this condition is allowed .to. prevail'?. ,,,1 I' ,. H great. admiration for the Board of Control as a group of able have spent long hours without compenaation ... I the great issues of Florida higher education. The Board has projection of new inatitutiona, itaprojection of budgets and etatewide support for i,te .,urposes. But aU this .is meaningle. it' ;tu of such issues, the has ... courage Jilt it has .neithe_ r the time nor the administrative e ducation to tamper with the internal operations, particularly: the matters of. etaff pereozme1. ... J, demonstrated. in third ariaea I the manner in which the Board exercieed .... P.J. wae 'l'bursday the .... .. ;st .. v tba article and he was asked. to repoft. in Gaine1vil.le at 1:00 PM: l'riday I < afternoon.'to make an.explanation. He hurriedly made arrangements for handling t 1: cla11e1 and reported at the appointed place at 1;00 onlY. to diacover that thf was not at that time to see h im. For nearly four .. hout:a, he waa j / a chance to see no one except President who ... '., l matter and finally told him that he was being tUIIIII&rUy

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. ... 6 the Board of Control had adjourned ita r6gular meetings and aone off to a homecODling smoker giving him no chance to pre .sent his case, no chance to' be aeeu or heard by any member of the Board. ,, We eubmit that this is no way to treat a human being, any human being, and particularly a univer1ity faculty member who presumably is under the protection. and the general responsibility of the Board of Control. The Board apparently was willing to leave a man coqdemned, his contract viqlated and his professional ruined j without even giving him the courteay of'presenting his. case ,. .. this demonstrates that the Board has neither the time nor the I to 4eal responsibly with the intimate. details of acadelllic adainiatration. Now we recognize that Dr. Grebstein 1a at the 110118nt enly suspended and that bearing of a local faculty co.Uttee there tit po11ibility of hil restored to the clau.room. If this is done, great wrong done to. him can be righted, though not without scare. But this will not solve the matter. Several serious question will remain. There must be a clearer of what constitutes d-cency and _. t l. ,\ 1 i : ) I I .. I ( 1. ;:,:iJ be .nlieved froaa. f -int ; ...... now; by the. Board .of Control, if there il to any chance of ta'torina tb& bdly abatt.ered morale of 9ur faculty.. -On this point, .there, muet be a claar' and forthright declaration fiy the Board those functions where it

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I I .-r 'l,r r -J, : fll : j : : ) '\ ; ; ; :.. .' ',I 7 1' .' adminiatl.:atpra on ;ceiapUit Tbe e:vent.s of,, Black l.ri4a.y -will nott soon be forg9tt'en .: ... : IIUltters of, poU_cJc_.end calil be finally reolved. lt':. : ...:. .. ... a *@ BB'f lili1itt 1 t' 111 l u uJ ._ ... ._. ......... 1 illillrA..U"IIl'Jtllt Pa I o8J a \:."' ....... X ,I I' I 1 i.l f o o 1 I I I 1 o ( f o f I,'.' "".1. .. l }''. '.1f ; \ ..... '/ ... I .! r i ,' ..\ 'VI.';. j .'_: _._ l l .,; '' ; .. ; 1.) ,,.. t i .... \ s ', ..... 1 ... \ ...... t( .._:,""' It; /' r.., J.. > ... 1 r; ',l : r .. ,1, ,r '. ::' f J (
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. .. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, FROM: Committee, University of South Florida Chapter, AAUP Dr. Sheldon N. Grebstein, Assistant Professor at English at USF, was suspended tram h.is teaching duties on Frida 1 October 1.8 ; The of tbe ot South Florida Chapter of. AAUP condemns the suspension of Dr. Grebstein. The onl charge laid against Dr Grebstein is that he distributed in his advanced writing class an e $say that appeared 1n Partisan Re. v1ew, and has been reprinted in an anthology used in classes in more than thirtyfiw college s and universities across the nation. This ess& condemns tbe writintjS or the Beats 1 and quotes briefly :t'rom works of one writer in m.J .er to substantiate the condemnation. It is generally accepted by scholars as a responsible, moral, and authoritatiw sta'OOment. Dr. Grebstein's suspension destroys the responsibility of the faculty to select materials approprict.t e to the subject taught, and to the context of the level and maturity of the course in which it is used. It debases the freedom and the responsibility at higher education in ewry uniwrsity 1n Floride. subJect to the control of the Board of' Control. It will subject every cla3S and every prof'essor to the biased or imiiBture censorship of al\yone who chooses to complain to the Board, whether he understand understand the intent of' the material used. or its relevance t o the teaching,;;.L;Lproblem ..]hi! class. We not on:cy condem$e present suspension as_)irresponsible. We ask of' the other state universities of' Florida to_ ,tiJ thb act as an encroet. bment on their own :ruture responsibllty as teachers, and disseminators of' the

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. ,-.. -2 Professor Grebstein has submitted to the American Association at Uniwrsity Pratessors the following statement concerning his suspension: "I :have been suspended for distributing 1n my advanced writing class a book review Which four years ago in PartiSan Review, one of the most respected m&guines at literary criticism in .A!Ierica. The review bas also been reprinted 1n a college textbook which is widely used in leading colleges and universities all over the country. Furthermore, the author ot the review is now the editor ot CCIIlment&ry, anotber at the most respected magazines published 1n this country. !CY' sole purpose in distributing tbe review was to illustrate certain basic principles of writing. In using this material I am totally convinced that I acted wholly within my rightsand responsibilities as a college professor."