New College of Florida axes professor who criticized college, purportedly over his ‘leftist’ views

Earlier this week, New College of Florida trustee Christopher Rufo bragged about violating the First Amendment, tweeting that the college would not renew visiting history professor Erik Wallenberg’s contract, citing his “left-wing” teaching, views, and past criticism of university leadership.

As we explained to New College in a letter today, this is a clear violation of the public college’s First Amendment obligations to respect faculty expression, with ramifications far beyond one non-renewed professor.

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