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He Wouldn't Drink the Hemlock: The Firing of Dr. Leisure Paperback – 1 Jan 1993
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This book not only gives the factual background on the events leading to his termination from Western Illinois University but also examines other issues facing today's university. It is apparent that studying nude beaches and the teaching of Socrates and Aristotle were not politically correct at Western Illinois University. While not formally charged, Harker was found guilty of the same crimes as Socrates: impiety and corrupting youth. Unlike Socrates or Aristotle, Dr Leisure declined to drink the hemlock or to leave town. Harker is working to restore the concept of tenure and economic freedom at WIU. Without it the university is doomed to decline. Harker believes, "If the university is to be a place that fosters new ideas and creative thinking, then academic freedom and tenure must be held sacred and nurtured."
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What disappoints me about the book is that his fellow professors did not stand up for him like they should have. This too could happen to them. Perhaps they thought their tenures would be threatened by taking his side. Or perhaps due to their lack of contributions to the department, felt threatened by him and his publications.
With his documentation, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND how all the different jurisdictions, hearings and proceedings, along with union representation, did not take care of him.
He should SUE, SUE, SUE all the bastards! Surely there is justice with the right representation somewhere. Listen up fellow professors and help him to help yourselves.
Last question, does President Wagoner and Dr. DiGrino have tenure? If so, all Professors should be alerted that they could be next.
BUY THE BOOK AND HELP YOURSELF..