New York University Academic Freedom Conference Participants

NYU College of Arts and Science Student Council presents:

Freedoms at Risk Conference

Saturday, February 23, 2008

10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

NYU Kimmel Center for Student Life

60 Washington Square South

New York, NY 10012


Knew the facts about the threat to academic freedom.

Complete List of Attending Speakers

  • RENATE BRIDENTHAL, a professor of history at CUNY – Brooklyn College and the Chair of the International Committee of the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY who has written works such as Becoming Visible: Women in European History
  • NORMAN FINKELSTEIN, noted academic who has held faculty positions at NYU, Rutgers University, and DePaul University where he was recently a victim of academic repression, and author of five books including the international best-seller The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering, which has been translated into twenty-four foreign languages
  • BARBARA FOLEY, Professor of English at Rutgers University – Newark Campus, Chair of the “Combating Racism Task Force of Now” – New Jersey Chapter, and author of such works as Spectres of 1919: Class and Nationalism in the Making of the New Negro
  • JOHN GERASSI, a professor of the Queens Political Science Department who has written a number of books on politics and international affairs including an official biography on Jean-Paul Sartre
  • PETER N. KIRSTEIN, a professor of history at Chicago’s Saint Xavier University, author of such works as Anglo Over Bracero: The History of the Mexican Worker in the United States, and a nationally recognized advocate of academic freedom and free-speech rights was profiled in David Horowitz’s book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America
  • ZACHARY LOCKMAN, a professor of history and current chair of the Middle-Eastern and Islamic Studies Department at NYU who is author of such works as Contending Visions of the Middle East and has also served as the President of the Middle-Eastern Studies Association in the past
  • MARK CRISPIN, MILLER currently a media studies professor at NYU who is active in his support of democratic media reform; he is also an accomplished author and has written such books as Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections and Seeing Through Movies
  • BERTELL OLLMAN, a Professor of Politics at NYU and two-time victim of academic repression (University of Maryland and University of the West Indies, Jamaica), who has written Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method and many other works
  • ANDREW ROSS, Chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, President of the NYU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and author of many books, including Fast Boat to China, No-Collar, and The Celebration Chronicles
  • ABBY SCHER, a sociologist and writer who has conducted extensive research on the politics of the McCarthy period, and has most recently written about the abuses of freedoms by law enforcement agents on a local level; she is currently writing pieces on the concept of Islamofascism.
  • ELLEN SCHRECKER, Professor of History at Yeshiva University, the former editor of “Academe” (the magazine of the American Association of University Professors), the first ever winner of the Academic Freedom Fellowship from NYU’s Tamiment Library, and author of No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities, and other works
  • MICHAEL STEVEN SMITH, a New York City attorney and author who recently edited The Emerging Police State by William Kunstler, sits on the Executive Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and co-hosts the WBAI radio program Law and Disorder with Michael Ratner and Heidi Boghosian
  • LYNNE STEWART, a widely recognized political activist and attorney who is noted for representing unpopular clients, and has experienced extensive recent political oppression; an advocate of the constitutional right to due process of law, she fights to see that right extended to anyone who is tried within the American legal system
  • LORIE VAN AUKEN, winner of the Glamour Magazine “Woman of the Year” award in 2004 for her work with the other “Jersey Girls” in successfully lobbying for an independent investigation into the events of September 11, 2001
  • RICHARD D. WOLFF, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, co-founder of the political journal Re-thinking Marxism, and co-author of Knowledge and Class: a Marxian Critique of Political Economy among other works
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