9/11 in the Academic Community

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— Praise for “9/11 in the Academic Community” —

 Academic freedom protects scholars who report inconvenient truths from the uninformed, but, as
Adnan Zuberi reminds us, academic freedom is also the responsibility of scholars to pursue the truth.

Roger W. Bowen
Served as General Secretary of the American Association of University Professors,
Professor of Political Science and President of the State University of New York at New Paltz

People can benefit from learning about the event which clearly changed not only American consciousness,
but that of the whole world. I believe this documentary should be shown as widely as possible.

 Paul Almond
Officer of the Order of Canada
Award Winning Former Director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Whatever else is done by the men and women who work in our universities, it is essential, I believe, that large numbers of them stand sufficiently outside society intellectually to see, understand, and interpret what is going on. I find it troubling that so few—there are credible exceptions—have seriously engaged with the question of what actually happened on 9/11 and why. There are so many holes and limitations in the official version that it calls out for rigorous intellectual fact-finding and analysis.

Alvin A. Lee
President Emeritus, McMaster University

I hope that this material will be made available to the wider international academic community
in order to foster a wider, fact-based discussion among researchers and 
students alike.

Friedrich Steinhäusler
Professor of Physics at Salzburg University
Former Co-Director of the NATO ARW on Catastrophic Terrorism
Past Chairman, US/German Transatlantic Expert Group on Terrorism

Canadian academic historian Michiel Horn has observed that as a rule, professors are milquetoasts.
Here is documentary proof of Horn’s observation, on the subject of this century’s first great day of infamy.
This film also documents exceptions to Horn’s rule: professors with guts enough to raise critical questions.
Highly recommended, especially for provoking reasoned political discussion and debate.

Kenneth Westhues
Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo
Member, Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship

This documentary confronts the academy’s uncritical response to the defining event of our times.
It is an essential viewing 
for everyone in academe.

Lance deHaven-Smith
Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University
Former President of the Florida Political Science Association

As an academic, I found the film to accurately describe how
academics tend to deal with controversial issues.

Hendrik Van den Berg
Professor of Economics at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Former Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

The main thesis of the film concerns the silence of the academic community on this vital issue.
I think it is extremely important and very well produced.

Morton Brussel
Professor Emeritus of Physics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“9/11 in the Academic Community” performs a valuable service by reminding us of what we already knew:
that academics are seekers of truth, 
but especially comfortable truth. 

Stephen LeRoy
Professor Emeritus of Economics at University of California at Santa Barbara
Economic Theory Fellow, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory
Former Economist, U.S. Federal Reserve Board

I find the film “9/11 in the Academic Community” to be an accurate depiction of the
state of discourse 
in the academy at large regarding the events of 9/11/2001.

Martin Walter
Professor and past Chair of Mathematics at University of Colorado at Boulder
Sloan, Woodrow Wilson, and National Science Foundation Fellow

University audiences should find this important documentary humbling: 9/11 in the Academic Community offers an unsparing analysis of the timid refusal of most North American academics to engage critically with the events of 9/11, despite the glaring inadequacy of official accounts of what happened. But audiences may also draw encouragement from the film. The interviews provide examples from a wide range of disciplines–from engineering and econometrics to textual scholarship and philosophy–of researchers engaged in principled analysis of the evidence.

Michael Keefer
Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Guelph
Former President, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English
Former Chair, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Research Grants in Literature


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