Lincoln, NE (July 21, 2021) Support, opposition for, or even the freedom to discuss Critical Race Theory may be the next intellectual battle ground at the University of Nebraska.
NU Regent and Candidate for Governor Jim Pillen has let it be known that he plans to place a resolution on the Regents agenda for its August 13 meeting regarding Critical Race Theory. Although a draft of the resolution has not yet been provided, Pillen’s campaign website says he will oppose attempts to inject anti-American ideology, like the “1619 project” and “critical race theory,” into Nebraska classrooms.
Today, University of Nebraska President Ted Carter and the Chancellors of the four University Campuses issued a joint statement expressing what they termed “significant concerns” about the resolution. It has also drawn opposition already from a group of current and former NU athletes. According to today’s statement by Carter and the Chancellors, there has been a great deal of conversation across our campuses about academic freedom and its importance to our university.
The joint statement, by Carter and the Chancellors of the Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney Campuses, says they are concerned about the way Pillen’s resolution will be interpreted by faculty, staff and students they hope to hire and retain. The five administrators said they will “work together, and with the Board, to protect and defend academic freedom at the University.”
The statement went on to say the following: