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  • Professor Mark Crispin Miller has taught classes on mass persuasion and propaganda at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development for the last two decades

  • After challenging students to investigate current propaganda narratives surrounding mask mandates, Miller was placed under conduct review for spreading “dangerous misinformation” — one of three key propaganda strategies used to suppress academic and scientific inquiry

  • Miller recently sued 19 of his department colleagues for libel after they signed a letter to the school dean demanding a review of Miller’s conduct

  • Miller says his colleagues falsely accused him of “explicit hate speech,” “mounting attacks on students,” “advocating for an unsafe learning environment,” “aggressions” and discouraging his students from wearing masks

  • Miller’s case goes beyond mere freedom of speech. It goes into the issue of freedom of inquiry itself — the freedom to ask questions and ponder an issue from multiple angles