September 26, 2011

Not exactly how I was hoping to see my alma mater in the national news

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 26, 2011—A professor has been censored twice, reported to the “threat assessment team,” and threatened with criminal charges because of satirical postings on his office door. Campus police at the University of Wisconsin–Stout (UWS) censored theater professor James Miller’s poster depicting a quotation from actor Nathan Fillion’s character in the television series Firefly, and the police chief threatened Miller with criminal charges for disorderly conduct.

I graduated from UW-Stout in 2006, and took a few of Miller’s classes as part of my Speech minor. I refuse to make any alumni contributions to the university until they issue a full apology.


  1. Joel Bernstein on September 26th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I didn’t make any alumni contributions before either, but now I have a reason.

  2. Michael Smith on September 26th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    You know who needs to be protected from satire? College students! We wouldn’t want them learning to be free thinking individuals.

  3. Joel Bernstein on September 26th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Well and, if I recall, his office is in the back hallway of the basement of the theater building. Not exactly a high-traffic area.