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Mount talk discusses academic freedom and censorship, post 9/11

September 06, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Marie-Therese C. Sulit, an associate professor of English at Mount Saint Mary College.

Marie-Therese C. Sulit, an associate professor of English at Mount Saint Mary College, recently gave an interactive presentation discussing the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and their effects on academic freedom.
 
The talk was part of the Mount’s Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) series.
 
Sulit posed the question: “Is academic freedom an individual right or a professional privilege?” The audience, consisting of students, faculty, and members of the community, discussed the merits of both approaches and voiced their opinions on the topic.
 
The goal of the college’s iROC is to “provide a forum for Mount faculty, staff, and students to showcase their research endeavors with both Mount Saint Mary College and the local community in a manner easily understood by attendees,” explained series coordinators Evan Merkhofer, assistant professor of Biology, and Jennifer Park, assistant librarian for Access and Outreach Services. Presentations include research proposals, initial data collection, and completed research projects.
 
Mount Saint Mary College is ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S. News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communications, media, and the liberal arts.