WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says he's an "unequivocal advocate of open inquiry and academic freedom" and would have defended historian Howard Zinn's right to publish and teach what he wanted had Zinn been on Purdue's faculty.
Daniels' comments Wednesday came a day after an Associated Press story cited emails in which Daniels pushed to bar Zinn's book, "A People's History of the United States," from Indiana's K through 12 classrooms. The 2010 emails also documented Daniels' desire to "disqualify the propaganda" he said was being taught to teachers in training at Indiana's colleges after he learned Zinn's book was part of a summer training course.
Purdue's board of trustees issued a statement Wednesday affirming its support for Daniels. Most of the trustees were appointed by Daniels when he was governor.