Emory University (the same school where Drs. Nemeroff and Stowe work) has ordered psychiatrist, author, and Emory professor Doug Bremner to remove their name from his blog. The blog is titled “Before You Take That Pill,” after his book by the same name – a book which Emory declined to promote with the standard press release they issue for professors who publish, even though the press release was already written!
Do professors at private universities have the right to say whatever they want about anything in their scholarly subject area without being retaliated against? I don’t know. I do know that there is nothing that would prohibit a professor at a public university from speaking about his own topic of academic interest freely. I thought private citizens writing blogs on their own time to promote themselves and their work would be allowed to say whatever they want, even the name of the university where they work. But what do I know? (Are we still in the U.S.A.?)
Here’s a post on Dr. Bremner’s blog explaining more about the situation, a situation that has attracted national attention. And here is a facebook group that you should join to support academic freedom and First Amendment rights.