As we’ve reported, leftist historian Howard Zinn is the hero of Hollywood and the academic left. Now that Mitch Daniels, a conservative, is running Purdue and had the audacity to challenge the teachings of Zinn, some liberal professors are planning a Zinn read-in.

Jennifer Kabbany of The College Fix reports.

Professors Launch Howard Zinn Read-In To Protest Conservative Viewpoints

An observance in adoration of the late historian Howard Zinn – a controversial Marxist known to spew anti-American, anti-Western opinions in his textbooks and an admitted social activist – has been organized by Purdue University professors, who have asked their peers across the country to take part in a Howard Zinn Read-In this November.

The event aims to “symbolize the ongoing fightback in the United States against the privatization of public education,” “attacks on teachers and teachers unions,” and in defense of Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, which protestors call “an important text for understanding the history of underrepresented populations.”

Zinn was notably criticized by former Indiana governor and current Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, who called Zinn’s textbook A People’s History of the United States “a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page.” Daniels had made the comments in an email when he was governor, and had wanted to make sure the book was not used in K-12 schools in the state. The email was recently published, prompting an uproar among leftist scholars.

Professors have since accused Daniels of standing against academic freedom, while those who have defended Daniels have argued that pointing out egregious factual errors and extreme bias in Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States as a concern not to use it in K-12 schools is a far cry from censorship. Many respected scholars have even denounced Zinn’s work, for example.