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Sep 01

Reforming Our Universities: The Campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights

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For far too long our colleges and universities have been allowed to ignore their chartered responsibilities to educate rather than indoctrinate. Instead of providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas, New York Times bestselling author David Horowitz argues that they intimidate students into ideological submission to leftist professors rather than pursuing meaningful research and that they proselytize for radical causes.

In Reforming Our Universities, Horowitz tells the dramatic story of his ongoing campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights to protect students who want to think for themselves and refuse to conform to radical orthodoxies. Despite his pleas for tolerance of diverging points of view, his modest proposal that universities should respect intellectual diversity has been greeted with hysteria and protests. In Reforming Our Universities, he seeks to recall higher education to its better self, to become – as it once was – a place where students and teachers were not afraid to question opinions, create their own, and engage in Socratic dialogue.

David Horowitz is President of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the best-selling author of four previous books on universities: Uncivil Wars, Indoctrination U., The Professors, and One-Party Classroom. He has spoken at nearly 400 universities in the last twenty years, and his educational campaigns have been the subject of feature articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and InsideHigherEd.com.

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