From email@example.com Mon Nov 26 08:00:36 2001
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 19:51:49 -0600 (CST)
From: MichaelP <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Attack on academic anti-war (anti-civilization) talk.
ACTA: American Council of Trustees and Alumni URL:
about which they themselves say:
ACTA launches the Defense of Civilization Fund.
November 11, 2001 It was not only America that was attacked on September 11, but civilization. We were attacked not for our vices, but for our virtues for what we stand for. In response, ACTA has established the Defense of Civilization Fund to support the study of American history and civics and of Western civilization. The first project of the Fund is Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are Failing America and What Can Be Done About It. The report calls on college and university trustees to make sure their institutions offer strong core curricula that pass on to the next generation the legacy of freedom and democracy.
Lynne Cheney founded the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in 1995 and now serves as Chairman Emeritus. She is the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT) co-founded ACTA and currently serves on its National Council.
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm (D) serves as Vice Chairman.
Jerry L. Martin is President of ACTA. From 1988 to 1995, he held senior positions at the National Endowment for the Humanities, including Acting Chairman in 1993. Prior to joining NEH, Dr. Martin was the chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Anne D. Neal is Vice President and General Counsel of ACTA. From 1990 to 1992, she served as General Counsel and Congressional Liaison of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to joining NEH, Ms. Neal specialized in the First Amendment at the New York City law firm of Rogers & Wells.
The National Council serves as ACTA's governing board. It is made up of distinguished and dedicated individuals from business, government, and academia. The Society of Fellows is composed of special supporters of ACTA and serves as an advisory board. Advisory Committees of alumni, trustees, university and college presidents, scholars, and donors also give direction.
From email@example.com Mon Nov 26 08:00:38 2001
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 08:28:04 -0600 (CST)
From: MichaelP <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Patriotically Incorrect
The Rev. Jesse Jackson made the list for remarking to an audience at
Harvard Law School that America should
build bridges and
relationships, not simply bombs and walls. Joel Beinin, a
professor of Middle Eastern history at Stanford University, earned a
place on it for his opinion that
If Osama bin Laden is confirmed to
be behind the attacks, the United States should bring him before an
international tribunal on charges of crimes against humanity. And
Wasima Alikhan of the Islamic Academy of Las Vegas was there simply
Ignorance breeds hate.
All three were included on a list of 117 anti-American statements heard on college campuses that was compiled by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a conservative nonprofit group devoted to curbing liberal tendencies in academia. The list, part of a report that was posted on the group's Web site (www.goacta.org/Reports/defciv.pdf) last week, accuses several dozen scholars, students and even a university president of what they call unpatriotic behavior after Sept. 11.
the weak link in America's response to the
the report excoriates faculty members for invoking
diversity as antidotes to evil and pointing
not at the terrorists, but at America itself.
Reports from advocacy groups are issued all the time. What has gotten
this one, titled
Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are
Failing America and What Can Be Done About It, more attention than
usual is that one of the council's founding members is Lynne
V. Cheney, the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney.
A recent speech by Mrs. Cheney calling for colleges to offer more
courses on American history is prominently excerpted on the report's
title page, and she is identified on the council's Web site as
But Margita Thompson, a spokeswoman in her office, said Mrs. Cheney
was no longer involved with the council, which was created in 1995.
She added that Mrs. Cheney
has seen the report - although she
has not read it.
Mrs. Cheney did provide a statement, however, that Ms. Thompson read.
has been supportive of the need to teach American
history, a cause I think is important, the statement
Faculty members have the right to express their opinions
freely, it continued, and groups like the council
have a right
to dispute those opinions when they disagree.
The report's authors declare they are acting to protect free speech.
It is urgent that students and professors who support the war
effort not be intimidated, they write.
But the council is facing mounting criticism from scholars who say
that singling out individuals - for remarks taken out of context - is
misleading and offensive. Todd Gitlin, a professor of communications
at New York University, called the report
a record-breaking event
in the annals of shoddy scholarship, adding,
it's a hodgepodge
of erratically gathered quotations, few of which are declarations of
heartfelt opposition to American foreign policy.
Mr. Gitlin a longtime leftist who said he has draped an American flag
across the balcony of his Manhattan apartment and published an essay
denouncing anti-American sentiment abroad, was surprised to learn he
was on the list. His disloyal act? Telling a journalist who asked him
to describe the mood on his campus that
there is a lot of
skepticism about the administration's policy of going to war.
Other scholars went further, comparing the report's list of names to
It has a little of the whiff of
said Hugh Gusterson, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology who is on the list for a comment he made at a campus peace
Imagine the real suffering and grief of people in other
countries, the report quotes him as saying.
The best way to
begin a war on terrorism might be to look in the mirror.
Culled from student newspapers, Web sites and the media, the list
includes chants recited by students at peace rallies and poster
Recycle plastic, not violence, as well as comments
made by scholars in public debates.
To the report's authors, such statements are proof that an oppressive
anti-American ideology has taken over on campuses.
criticizing the dominant campus orthodoxy that so often finds that
America and Western civilization are the source of the world's
ills, said Anne D. Neal, vice president of the council and a
co-author of the report.
Looking at these representative comments,
it appears they have stifled to a great extent opposing views.
The cure for academe's anti-American bias, Ms. Neal and her co-author write, is what the council has been advocating all along: more courses on American history and Western civilization. Ms. Neal said that the council would send copies of the report to 3,000 college and university trustees.
Scholars protest that the council is taking advantage of a national
crisis to further its academic agenda.
Their aim is to enforce a
particular party line on American colleges and universities, said
Eric Foner, a professor of American history at Columbia University
whose name appears in the report.
Now they're seizing upon this
particular moment and the feeling that they're in the driver's seat to
suppress the expression of alternative points of view.
Mr. Gusterson said that neither his remark nor three others attributed to scholars at M.I.T. could be considered typical of opinion at the school.
Three of the four quotes they used come from a peace rally on
campus, he said.
But there were at least six other panels, and
a majority of people who spoke at those panels didn't criticize
American foreign policy. He added,
One of my colleagues has
called for a resumption of government-sponsored assassination.
Mr. Foner cited a recent poll conducted by the Institute of Politics
at Harvard and mentioned in the report. It found firm support for the
war on college campuses.
If our aim is to indoctrinate students
with unpatriotic beliefs, he said,
we're obviously doing a very
poor job of it.