irregular feature that scans the national media for items
that speak to the campus community.
War on Campus, the cover story by David Glenn in The
Nation (December 3), includes these examples of academic
freedom decried or denied:
Once-Proud Campus Now a Breeding
Ground for Idiots. Headline in the New York Post
after a post-September 11 teach-in, at which criticisms
of U.S. foreign policy were uttered, at City University of
New York. It accompanied an editorial reversing the Posts
recommendation for a funding increase for CUNY.
A watch list of 117 comments
made by faculty and students in the wake of September 11,
issued November 13 by the American Council of Trustees and
Alumni, a conservative watchdog group founded by Lynne Cheney,
former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities and
wife of Vice President Richard Cheney.
But Glenn concludes: The academy is indeed divided and
should be proud of that.
Only the Pakistanis can rebuild their schools
so they meld modernism, Islam and pluralism
war for peace in this region is in the schools. When we return,
as we must, we have to be armed with modern books and schools,
not tanks. ... Until then, nothing pro-American will grow
Thomas L. Friedman, In Pakistan, Its
Jihad 101, New York Times, November 13.
Commanded by the Koran to seek knowledge and
read nature for signs of the Creator, and inspired by a treasure-trove
of ancient Greek learning, Muslims created a society that
in the Middle Ages was the scientific center of the world.
The Arabic language was synonymous with learning and science
for 500 years, a golden age that can count among its credits
the precursors to modern universities, algebra, the names
of the stars, and even the notion of science as an empirical
So the notion that modern Islamic
science is now considered abysmal, as Abdus Salam,
the first Muslim to win a Nobel Prize in physics, once put
it, haunts Eastern scholars
Some scientists and historians
call for an Islamic science informed by spiritual
values they say Western science ignores, but others argue
that a religious conservatism in the East has dampened the
skeptical spirit necessary for good science.
Dennis Overbye, "How Islam Won, and Lost,
the Lead in Science, cover story of Science" Times, New
York Times, October 30.