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Academic Freedom After September 11

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"Whether one teaches, studies, or is simply interested in the flow and mechanism of power, Academic Freedom after September 11 is an important book simply for its keen examination of the complex series of factors that inform the motivations and outcomes of higher education in the U.S. at the present time....We all have a stake in these questions, and a right to reason through our answers." Jen Besemer, Rain Taxi (read the entire Rain Taxi review)

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Are the attacks on academic freedom after 9/11 a passing storm, or do they represent a structural shift that undermines one of the pillars of democratic societies? This book brings together some of this nation's leading scholars to analyze the challenges to academic freedom posed by post-9/11 political interventions and the market-driven commercialization of knowledge, examining these issues in light of the major transformations in the system of higher education since the Second World War, including conflicting interpretations of what constitutes academic freedom.

Following an analysis of the historical significance of the post-9/11 threats to academic freedom, three strongly argued and not easily reconcilable essays by Robert Post, Judith Butler, and Philippa Strum discuss what visions of academic freedom can be defended and the best strategies for doing so. Three case studies — Kathleen J. Frydl on the loyalty-oath and free-speech controversies at the University of California, Amy Newhall on the tortured relationship between universities and the government as seen in language acquisition programs, and Joel Beinin on the policing of thought in the academy in relation to the Middle East — deepen our understanding of what is at stake.

In clear and powerful prose, these essays provide a solid platform for informed classroom and public discussions on the philosophical foundations, institutional practices, and political dimensions of academic freedom on the threshold of the twenty-first century.

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"Doumani's volume not only provides an analysis of the assault on academic freedom, but also...discuss the historical roots of academic freedom in the United States, its philosophical underpinnings, and its legal structure." Boston Globe

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"This is a vital and timely book in view of the insidious campaign under way to undermine the freedom and autonomy of the universities, to intimidate outspoken voices on campus, and to silence one of the few zones left in American public life where corporate/government newspeak does not dominate. These insightful essays analyse the nature of the peril menacing academic freedom since September 11, and suggest strategies for dealing with it." Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Columbia Univerisity

Review:

"Academic freedom is under greater attack today than at any time since the McCarthy era fifty years ago. These original and remarkably intelligent and profound essays, representing diverse analytical perspectives, should be read by anyone interested in the future vitality of American universities." Jonathan R. Cole, John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University, Columbia University

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"In Academic Freedom after September 11, the consequences and implications of the reduction of academic freedom are examined in a thoughtful and trenchant manner covering many different facets of this timely and important debate." Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

Synopsis:

Essays on the challenges to academic freedom posed by post-9/11 political interventions and the growing commercialization of knowledge.

Synopsis:

Are the attacks on academic freedom after 9/11 a passing storm, or do they represent a structural shift that undermines one of the pillars of democratic societies? This book brings together some of this nation's leading scholars to analyze the challenges to academic freedom posed by post-9/11 political interventions and the market-driven commercialization of knowledge, examining these issues in light of the major transformations in the system of higher education since the Second World War, including conflicting interpretations of what constitutes academic freedom.

About the Author

Beshara Doumani is Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 and editor of Family History in the Middle East: Household, Property and Gender.

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ISBN:
9781890951610
Author:
Doumani, Beshara
Publisher:
Zone Books (NY)
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Academic freedom
Subject:
Education, higher
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Education-Higher Education
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Academic Freedom after September 11
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 328 pages Zone Books - English 9781890951610 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Whether one teaches, studies, or is simply interested in the flow and mechanism of power, Academic Freedom after September 11 is an important book simply for its keen examination of the complex series of factors that inform the motivations and outcomes of higher education in the U.S. at the present time....We all have a stake in these questions, and a right to reason through our answers." (read the entire Rain Taxi review)
"Review" by , "Doumani's volume not only provides an analysis of the assault on academic freedom, but also...discuss the historical roots of academic freedom in the United States, its philosophical underpinnings, and its legal structure."
"Review" by , "This is a vital and timely book in view of the insidious campaign under way to undermine the freedom and autonomy of the universities, to intimidate outspoken voices on campus, and to silence one of the few zones left in American public life where corporate/government newspeak does not dominate. These insightful essays analyse the nature of the peril menacing academic freedom since September 11, and suggest strategies for dealing with it."
"Review" by , "Academic freedom is under greater attack today than at any time since the McCarthy era fifty years ago. These original and remarkably intelligent and profound essays, representing diverse analytical perspectives, should be read by anyone interested in the future vitality of American universities."
"Review" by , "In Academic Freedom after September 11, the consequences and implications of the reduction of academic freedom are examined in a thoughtful and trenchant manner covering many different facets of this timely and important debate."
"Synopsis" by , Essays on the challenges to academic freedom posed by post-9/11 political interventions and the growing commercialization of knowledge.
"Synopsis" by , Are the attacks on academic freedom after 9/11 a passing storm, or do they represent a structural shift that undermines one of the pillars of democratic societies? This book brings together some of this nation's leading scholars to analyze the challenges to academic freedom posed by post-9/11 political interventions and the market-driven commercialization of knowledge, examining these issues in light of the major transformations in the system of higher education since the Second World War, including conflicting interpretations of what constitutes academic freedom.
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