January 14, 2005

Columbia University

In the burgeoning controversy over Columbia University's Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC) department (allegations that faculty have intimidated students who disagree with them politically, counter-allegations that this is a threat to academic freedom, counter-counterallegations that the counter-allegations are the real threat to academic freedom, etc.), the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has sent an absolutely wonderful letter to Columbia President Lee Bollinger. The letter gives institutional autonomy more weight vis-a-vis individual faculty academic freedom than I think appropriate, but on the whole the letter is coherent and very sensible.

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Posted in Academic freedom on January 14, 2005 7:16 PM |