Middle East Studies Program Comes Under Federal Scrutiny [incl. Middle East Studies Association, Joel Beinin]
Education Department inquiry into Middle East studies program jointly operated by Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill raises academic freedom concerns.
An inquiry by the U.S. Department of Education into the curricular programming of a Middle East studies center supported by federal funds has raised alarm bells in academe.
Henry Reichman, the chair of the American Association of University Professors' Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, described the department's inquiry into the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies' use of federal Title VI funds as "a chillingly inappropriate political intrusion into curricular decisions best made by faculty."
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Related Topics: Duke University, Joel Beinin, Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Stanford University, Title VI, University of North Carolina
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