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    Recently, Columbia University has been the object of a great deal of
    attention as regards the question of academic freedom. A coalition of
    groups and individuals from Columbia as well as from outside the
    university have made claims regarding the alleged "intimidation" a
    nd "harassment" of students who voice strong support for Israeli
    government policy. It is in part the purpose of Censoring Thought to
    shed light on recent events at Columbia and to reveal the truth behind
    the drama. In so doing, we will demonstrate that this campaign, though
    dressed in the garb of freedom, is indeed not only hopelessly
    misguided, but politically motivated, disingenuous, and profoundly
    dangerous to free thought and legitimate, honest scholarship.

    It is also the purpose Censoring Thought to spur the Columbia
    University administration into a principled defense of its professors.
    To date, Columbia’s administration, led timidly by President Bollinger
    and Provost Brinkley, have failed to stand up to those who seek to
    control Columbia’s Middle East Studies curriculum in the service of a
    narrow political agenda. In so doing, they have lent support to the
    movement behind the film Columbia Unbecoming and utterly
    neglected their duty to their faculty and to the independence of one
    of the world’s great academic institutions.








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"If we don't believe in freedom of
expression for people we despise, we
don't believe in it at all."
Noam Chomsky
Letter to the Editor of the Columbia Spectator
Statement in Response to the Intimidation of Columbia University
by Joseph Massad
The Witchhunts Continue
by M. Junaid Alam
Academic Integrity Travestied at Columbia Middle East Studies Conference
by Terri Ginsburg
The Mideast Comes to Columbia
by Scott Sherman
Rebutting a "Misguided Political Project"
by George Saliba
The David Project Goes Into Fiction
by George Saliba
NYCLU Statement on Academic Freedom at Columbia
Columbia U. Professor, Criticized for Views on Israel, Is Banned From
Teacher-Training Program
by Brock Read
In Search of An Honest Broker
by Brenda Coughlin
Slandered for Opposing Israel, Don't Let Them Silence Dissent at Columbia!
by Monique Dols
"Columbia Unbecoming" in the clear light of day
by Monique Dols
N.Y. Officials Fire Left-wing Professor
by Jonah Birch
A European Columbia Student's Experience: Campus is Fanatically Pro-Israel,
Anti-Muslim
by "Mark Roberts"
An Open Letter on the Controversy at Columbia
President Bollinger Employs Ariel Sharon's PR Firm
When Academic Freedom Is Kicked Out of Class
by Alisa Solomon
New York Times Supports McCarthyite Witch Hunt
by Juan Cole
Smearing Joseph Massad: Scapegoated at Columbia
by Monique Dols
Academic Freedom Under Fire
by Jonathan Cole
New York Times Supports McCarthyite Witch Hunt
by Juan Cole
New York Times joins witch-hunt of Columbia University professors
by Joseph Kay and Barry Grey
NYCLU Calls Columbia Report Inadequate
by Arthur Eisenberg and Donna Lieberman
"Grievance" and "Balance"
by Akeel Bilgrami
Some Observations on Academic Freedom
by Feroze Sidhwa
Press Release in Response to Columbia's Ad Hoc Committee Report on the
matter of MEALAC investigation
by George Saliba
Statement to the Ad Hoc Grievance Committee
by Joseph Massad
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MEALAC Ph.D. Student Nader Uthman on NPR's Brian Lehrer Show
(scroll down to "My Academic Freedom, Your Academic Freedom" to listen)
Response to the Ad Hoc Grievance Committee Report
by Joseph Massad
In Defense of Academic Freedom: A Barnard and Columbia Faculty Forum
Rashid Khalidi on Democracy Now!
Occupied Territory
by Issa Mikel