H. Chandler Davis is a world-renowned mathematician and noted science fiction author. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. In 1954 he was one of several faculty members summarily suspended after refusing to cooperate with the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Davis was later fired and blacklisted. He served a federal prison sentence for Contempt of Congress and in 1962 moved with his wife, Natalie Zemon Davis, the early modern historian, to Canada. Since 1990, when the annual “Davis-Market-Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom” was established, he has returned to deliver a talk on academic freedom.
Speaking Up in Ann Arbor
Against the Current, No. 204, January/February 2020