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The Imperial UniversityAcademic Repression and Scholarly Dissent$
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Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680894

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680894.001.0001

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Within and Against the Imperial University

Within and Against the Imperial University

Reflections on Crossing the Line

(p.301) 12 Within and Against the Imperial University
The Imperial University

Nicholas De Genova

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides an account of the controversy involving Columbia University Professor Nicholas De Genova’s exercise with respect to free speech and the principle of academic freedom. It examines the suppression of dissent among academic intellectuals within—and against—the imperial university. Professor De Genova argues that the news media can never provide a genuine forum or platform for the substantive articulation or clarification of any complex ethical, intellectual, or political position, particularly any that radically disrupts or seeks to subvert the dominant order of society. The chapter also provides a historical outline of colonial conquest, genocide, slavery, and imperial warfare as forming the bedrock of U.S. nation-state formation. It then examines the important role of universities to encourage, nurture, and protect critical thinking and political dissent.

Keywords:   Columbia University, Nicholas De Genova, free speech, academic freedom, dissent, academic intellectuals, universities, critical thinking, political dissent

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