Highly controversial comments made recently by a Michigan State University professor continue to be a topic of discussion both locally and beyond.
Last week, creative writing professor William Penn sparked an intense backlash after a video surfaced of him suggesting Republicans had “raped the country” and included many closet racists. A student attending the lecture told MLive.com that Penn also denigrated Christians and athletes.
On Thursday, MSU barred Penn from teaching for the rest of the semester. The incident has triggered a discussion involving two key features of university life: civility and respect on one hand and academic freedom on the other.