Is Central CT State’s infamous mural massacre also an attack on academic freedom and/or intellectual property rights of students and faculty? What does it say about academic power structures?


Dear Students and Fellow Artists,

Recently, nine of your murals at Central CT State University were ordered destroyed by CCSU President Jack Miller. Nine more are on the immediate chopping block. Miller and Chief Administrative Officer Richard Bachoo waited until classes had ended for the semester – then, without informing the artists, faculty or the art department, proceeded to destroy the art.

There are over 100 murals on the campus – perhaps the largest and finest collection of murals at any university in the world. The administration has provided no assurance that they plan to stop painting out murals – they may ultimately intend to destroy the entire collection.

Taken off guard by public anger and unfettered by any apparent attachment to the truth, Miller and his underlings are hastily making up excuses for their reprehensible act. They are sending out messages stating that murals were destroyed to make room…

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