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Alan C. Kors

Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Alan Charles Kors is Full Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches the intellectual history of the 17th and 18th centuries. He has received both the Linback Foundation Award and the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for distinguished college teaching. Dr. Kors graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1964, and he received his M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1968) from Harvard University, in European History.

Dr. Kors is also the co-director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education ( with Mr. Harvey Silverglate. FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, the rights of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on our nation's campuses. Dr. Kors was the faculty member who defended Eden Jacobowitz in the notorious "water buffalo case" at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. He is also the co-author, with attorney Harvey A. Silvergate, of The Shadow University: Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses.