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The Bush Administration and Higher Education

The impact on higher education of the Bush administration's policies and their likely long-range effects were the focus of a talk by Samuel G. Freedman, a professor in the Graduate School of Journalism and a columnist for The New York Times. Freedman spoke to a packed audience on Feb. 17, noting that the policies of the current administration in the wake of the 9/11 attacks have made for "an isolationist, inward-facing" United States -- a stance that has taken its toll on graduate education in a variety of ways. More than three years since the Al Qaeda attacks and "two years deep into the occupation of Iraq," the Bush administration has not encouraged universities to teach Arabic, despite the need for people fluent in Muslim languages, Freedman explained. The lecture was sponsored by Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC).

Henry Graff

Henry F. Graff, professor emeritus of history, Columbia University

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Samuel G. Freedman

Samuel G. Freedman, professor, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

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Production Number: 336
Shot: Feb 18, 2005
Published: Mar 08, 2005
Last modified:Sep 12, 2005