April 3-4, 2008
The Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center held its inaugural conference in April 2008. Over 150 people attended the two-day event, “Academic Freedom in the Age of Permanent Warfare,” to explore the national and societal responses to the September 11th attacks and the ways in which they affected academic freedom.

Speakers included Yeshiva University Professor Ellen Schrecker, Ewen Center co-director Marilyn Young, and NYU President John Sexton. Roger Bowen, from the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program, warned in his keynote address that the increasing number of untenured faculty hired by institutes of higher education was a threat to academic freedom. Professor Stuart Ewen of CUNY, chaired a panel that delved into academic freedom and its theory and practice. NYU Professor of Middle Eastern Studies Khaled Fahmy headed a panel that explored academic freedom and the question of Israel and Palestine. Professor David Montgomery of Yale University led a panel on labor and the corporate university, and NYU’s Mary Nolan chaired a panel on academic freedom and high schools.

Speakers included:
Joan Scott, Institute of Advanced Study
David Hollinger, Professor of History, University of California at Berkeley
Zachary Lockman, NYU professor of Middle Eastern Studies
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies, Director of the Middle East Institute, Columbia University
Sheila Slaughter, Professor of Higher Education, University of Georgia
Andrew Ross, Professor and Chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
Deborah Almontaser, Founding Principal of the Kahlil Gibran International Academy
Joel Westheimer, Professor, University Research Chair in Democracy; Education Director, Democratic Dialogue,
..University of Ottawa
Gary Anderson, Professor of Education, New York University
Barbara Bowen, President, Professional Staff Congress; Professor of English, Queens College, City
..University of New York.

Please click on the pictures below to access mp3s from conference.
Plenary Session, Introduction,
Welcome and Keynote
Labor & the Corporate University
Academic Freedom:
Theory & Practice
The High Schools
Academic Freedom & the
Question of Israel & Palestine