PHILADELPHIA – The Middle East Forum is pleased to announce the appointment of Winfield Myers as director of Campus Watch.
Mr. Myers comes to the Forum from the American Enterprise Institute, where he was managing editor of The American Enterprise magazine. Prior to his tenure at AEI, he co-founded and was CEO of Democracy Project, Inc., and director of communications and senior editor at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he attended graduate school at Tulane and the University of Michigan.
Myers has offered courses covering a wide variety of fields – from world history and the Middle East to the Middle Ages & Renaissance, the Great Books, and the philosophy of history – at Michigan, Georgia, Tulane, and Xavier University of Louisiana.
Myers brings to Campus Watch many years of experience in the assessment of higher education. He is principal editor and author of a college guide, Choosing the Right College, with an introduction by William Bennett (Eerdmans: 1998; 2001), founding editor of the ISI Student Guides to the Major Disciplines, and former senior editor of the Intercollegiate Review and Campus Magazine. His writings have appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, the Weekly Standard, FrontPage Magazine, and the Washington Times.
"Winfield Myers brings a depth of experience in the area of reforming higher education that will take Campus Watch to a new stage," commented Daniel Pipes, the Middle East Forum's director. "In particular, I look forward to his drawing on new authors to write for the project and to initiating new areas of activism."
"I am honored and excited to lead Campus Watch at this crucial time in our country's history," said Myers. "Just when the need for informed scholarship and teaching on the Middle East is greatest, the professoriate at many universities has chosen to seal itself off from the world around it. My hope is that Campus Watch can contribute to the restoration of a freer and more open atmosphere in which issues vital to our future can be explored."
Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America with an aim to improving them. The project mainly addresses five problems: analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students. Campus Watch fully respects the freedom of speech of those it debates while insisting on its own freedom to comment on their words and deeds.
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