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Friday, February 11, 2011

Brave Professor Led Effort to Thwart Indoctrination of University of Delaware Students

Prof. Blits, of the University of Delaware, led the movement to stop the University’s attempts to introduce a program that would have defined students racially and sexually, belittled American values, and probed students’ private beliefs. The program intended to require students to answer intimate questions about their sexual behaviors and values and to pressure them to conform to politically correct doctrines and behaviors, from their first steps onto the university campus. Dr. Blits stopped this group-think plan in its tracks.

To reorganize Prof. Blits's courage, The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced that the Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom will be presented to Professor Blits. The distinguished award - which carries a $10,000 stipend to the honoree--will be made at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Ronald Reagan Banquet on Friday, February 11, 2011. The prize honors the memory of Dr. Kirkpatrick for her fierce defense of academic freedom

"Dr. Kirkpatrick's outspokenness, clarity and determined opposition to the forces of political correctness on campus were (as she often said) the perfect preparation for her service to the United States as President Ronald Reagan's US Ambassador to the United Nations, " said Michael W. Grebe, President and CEO of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, which underwrites the Kirkpatrick Award.

“This prize is intended for intellectual warriors on the college campus,” continued Grebe. “For more than twenty years, Jan Blits has been that kind of warrior.”

Prof. Blits built his reputation as a fighter in 1990, when he and his colleague, Dr. Linda Gottfredson, were persecuted for their research on the discriminatory practice of “race-norming” in test results. They defiantly applied for a grant to continue their work— after it had been declared to conflict with the goal of “multicultur­alism.” They fought hard, won, and humbled the university. After his audacious defense of academic freedom, he was chosen by his colleagues to serve three times as chairman of the Faculty Senate Committee that oversees their own faculty rights.

Founded in 1985, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is devoted to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles and values that sustain and nurture it. Its programs support limited, competent government; a dynamic marketplace for economic, cultural activity; and a vigorous defense, at home and abroad, of American ideas and institutions. Recognizing that responsible self-government depends on enlightened citizens and informed public opinion, the Foundation supports scholarly studies and academic achievement.

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