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Academic Freedom after September 11

reviewed by Robert O'Neil - September 11, 2006

coverTitle: Academic Freedom after September 11
Author(s): Beshara Doumani
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1890951617, Pages: 250, Year: 2005
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This valuable collection of essays, published under the title Academic Freedom After September 11, addresses a question that has been on the minds of many in the university community: Has academic freedom suffered more in the period since the terrorist attacks than at other perilous times in the past? Like most good answers to difficult questions, it depends greatly on whom you ask. About the time this volume appeared, historian Ellen Schrecker (the most exhaustive chronicler of the savage attacks on university faculty during the McCarthy era) ventured that, in her view, today’s assault on the academy is more serious. While others may and do differ, no observer of post-September 11 perils could disparage the comparison, or dismiss the current threats. The central factor that Schrecker cites to support her “things are worse today” thesis – the ominous rise in private or non-governmental attacks on academic freedom – plays a central... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 11, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12707, Date Accessed: 9/18/2021 10:58:44 AM

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  • Robert O'Neil
    University of Virginia
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    ROBERT O’NEIL is a Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and the Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. In addition, he is the Chair of the Special Committee of the American Association of University Professors on Academic Freedom and National Security in A Time of Crisis. His most recent book is The First Amendment and Civil Liability (Indiana U. Press, 2001).
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