Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex
with co-editor Anthony J. Nocella, II
Wooden Shoe Books
704 South Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
www.woodenshoebooks.comSince 9/11, the Bush administration has pressured universities to hand over faculty, staff, and student work to be flagged for potential threats. Numerous books have addressed the question of academic freedom over the years; this collection asks whether the concept of academic freedom still exists at all in the American university system. It addresses not only overt attacks on critical thinking, but also—following trends unfolding for decades—engages the broad socioeconomic determinants of academic culture.
This edited anthology brings together prominent academics writing hard-hitting essays on free speech, culture wars, and academic freedom in a post-9/11 era. It’s a powerful response to attacks on critical thinking in our universities by well-respected scholars and academics, including Joy James, Henry Giroux, Michael Parenti, Howard Zinn, Robert Jensen, Ward Churchill, and many more.
“This book puts the lie to the myth of academic freedom and that the university is an unabashed training ground for radicals.”—Richard Kahn, University of North Dakota
“Essential reading for anyone concerned about the stifling of dissent and free expression in academia
and beyond.”—Uri Gordon, author of Anarchy Alive!
Anthony J. Nocella, II, author, activist, education, is a professor in Sociology
and Criminology at SUNY Cortland and Le Moyne College. He also is a
life skills teacher at Hillbrook Youth Detention Center promoting
nonviolence and group-building skills. He is a co-founder of more than
fifteen active social/political organizations, four active scholarly
journals, is board member of the American Friends Service Committee
(AFSC), has published more than twenty-five scholarly articles and is
working on his eleventh book, “Global Industrial Complex” (Lexington
Books, coming soon). His other books include A Peacemaker’s Guide for
Building Peace with a Revolutionary Group (PARC, 2004), co-editor of
Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of
Animals (Lantern Books, 2004); and co-editor of Igniting a Revolution
Voices in Defense of the Earth (AK Press, 2006). www.anthonynocella.org
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