Academic Freedom Imperiled
The Mccarthy Era At The University Of Nevada
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: University of Nevada Press
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This study has benefited from the help and support of many individuals. I wish to express my appreciation for the research assistance given me by Chris Driggs, Jeffrey Kintop, and the staff at the Nevada State Archives, Karen Gash at the University of Nevada Archives, the staff at the University of Nevada Oral History Project, Nan Bowers at the Nevada State Legislative Council ...
Throughout its first six decades in Reno as the only institution of higher learning in the state, the University of Nevada (un) had experienced a relatively placid existence. From the admission of the first students in 1886 until World War II, the university had evolved into a traditional land-grant institution with particular emphasis upon the liberal arts and sciences along with special professional programs in engineering, mining, agriculture, nursing, and ...
1: Dictators and "Reducators"
‘‘I guess you’re all wondering what kind of s.o.b. I am.’’ This was exactly the statement with which Minard W. Stout opened his first faculty meeting on September 12, 1952. For the faculty members, whether they had been wondering or not, the remainder of Stout’s address clarified matters. He stated that ‘‘he assumed that all faculty members felt that a president had to be some ...
2: Who Is the Boss, Anyway?
‘‘ ‘Almost any moron can get into college,’ bewails an eminent educator. Yes, and what’s more deplorable, he can also get out of college, taking a degree with him.’’ So wrote humorist and sage Olin Miller in his daily vignette on the editorial page of the June 11, 1953, issue of the Reno Evening Gazette. This amusing anecdote was printed next to editor John Sanford’s commentary that championed the Board of Regents’s decision to dismiss Professor Frank ...
3: Let the Investigations Begin
‘‘America has no academic freedom. There is no freedom of speech in America,’’ said a Communist in Eastern Europe to Anatole Mazour. ‘‘Ah, now we know about America. What about Nevada? What about ‘Stoot!’?’’ Thus had President Minard Stout’s attack on academic freedom at the University of Nevada become a cause célébre in many parts of the world and for many reasons. In fact, Professor Robert Gorrell remembers that while making speeches ...
4: Out with Stout
‘‘The University of Nevada has been awarded membership in the National Association of American High Schools. . . . [Academic Vice President William] Wood singled out President Stout for praise. ‘We were never even considered for the honor until he became President of this institution.’ ’’1 So announced a front-page article in the 1957 April Fool’s issue of the campus newspaper appropriately renamed for the occasion U of N Sagemush. Although the entire ...
‘‘The wolves finally ‘got’ Dr. Minard W. Stout, president of the University of Nevada.’’1 So proclaimed the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s editor when he learned of the president’s resignation. Perhaps, instead of the wolves, Stout’s demise was the natural result of the demands of a more liberal, progressive Nevada populace and the policies advocated by such persons as Bruce Thompson,Dr. Fred Anderson,Grant Sawyer, Governor Charles Russell, and ...