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Mitch Daniels, as an unconventional choice to become Purdue University's president, has repeatedly pledged his strong commitment to academic freedom. And many professors -- including some who had questioned the wisdom of appointing a governor as university president -- have given him high marks for the start of his work at Purdue.

But on Monday, the Associated Press published an article based on e-mail records it obtained under Indiana's open records laws. Those e-mail records showed Daniels, while governor of Indiana, asking that no public universities teach the work of Howard Zinn, seeking a statewide investigation into "what is credit-worthy" to see that similar works were not being taught for credit, and considering ways to cut state funds to a program led by a professor who had criticized him.

Howard Zinn Speaks

Collected Speeches, 1963 - 2009

Publication date September, 2012
From Haymarket Books

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May 31st, 6:00 pm, at TEAM Englewood High School, Auditorium
6201 S Stewart Ave, Chicago, IL 60621
Free and open to the public | Free lot parking | CTA: 63rd red line, Halsted green line, #63 bus

Hosted by Kevin Coval, featuring Ameena Matthews of The Interrupters; Louder Than a Bomb All-Star Malcolm London; TEAM Englewood's student poets, musicians, and artists; DJ Itch 13; and special guests to be announced

Closing out the first year of the "Chicago Voices of a People's History" arts and education initiative, a live performance of "The People Speak" will take place at TEAM Englewood High School May 31. Bringing to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who made the United States what it is today, the evening will feature students engaged in "people's history" curriculum alongside noted Chicago poets and activists, for dramatic readings and musical performances of the words and songs of rebels from America’s past.

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And see the following interview with Matt Damon about the event:

In memory of Howard Zinn (1922-2010) and in appreciation of his life's work, the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation would like to share excerpts from an interview we conducted with Howard Zinn on December 8, 2008.

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Empowerment in the Classroom
How do we teach high school students to see themselves as protagonists in history? One idea involves Lupe Fiasco, Matt Damon, and the late Howard Zinn.
by Yana Kunichoff
Yes! Magazine

On Chicago's far Southeast side, past streets lined with boarded up buildings and 24-hour liquor stores, ten high school students buzzing with nervous energy enter a room full of adults—who may be just as excited as they are.

The school is Team Englewood High School, located in one of the city's poorest communities, and the students are part of a group that will perform a local spinoff performance of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States in the spring.