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Monday, November 25, 2013

9/11 in the Academic Community: How University Professors Analyze 9/11 and the “War on Terrorism”

Coming this fall, “9/11 in the Academic Community,” a Winner of 

the University of Toronto Film Festival, is a unique film that 

documents academia’s treatment of critical 

perspectives on 9/11 

by exploring the taboo that shields the American 

government’s 

narrative from scholarly examination.
Through a powerful reflection on intellectual courage and the 

purpose of academia, the film aims at changing intellectual 

discourse on 9/11 and the War on Terror.


As well as probing the repercussions several scholars have endured 

due to their investigation of 9/11, this documentary provides an 

analysis of impairments in professional inquiry, ranging from the 

failure to critically reflect on terms functioning as thought-stoppers 

(such as “conspiracy theory”) to the structural approach that 

restricts inquiry to the broad implications of 9/11 while shutting out 

inquiry into the events of the day itself.

Morton Brussel, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of 

Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has stated:
“The main thesis of the film concerns the silence of the 

academic community on this vital issue. I think it is extremely 

important and very well produced.”
As 9/11 served as the rationale for the Global War on Terror, the 

expansion of the military and intelligence complex, the invasion of 

other countries in violation of international law, and the curtailing 

of civil liberties, the film provides an inspiring demonstration of 

intellectual courage that will cause many scholars to reflect on the 

academy’s role and strength to dismantle the war system.
As Alvin A. Lee, President Emeritus of McMaster University, has 

stated in his endorsement of the film: academics should “stand 

sufficiently outside society intellectually to see, understand, and 

interpret what is going on.”
The documentary, 9/11 in the Academic Community, has been 

earning the praise of several top academics. Its unique approach 

documents academia’s treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11, 

exploring the taboo that shields the American government’s 

narrative from scholarly examination.
The following endorsements the film recently received from 

notable professors furthers the documentary’s aims to change 

intellectual discourse on 9/11 and the War on Terror.
Academic freedom protects scholars who report inconvenient 

truths from the uninformed, but, as Adnan Zuberi reminds us, 

academic freedom is also the responsibility of scholars to pursue the 
truth. Roger W. Bowen, Professor of Political Science and 

President of the State University of New York at New Paltz:

I hope that this material will be made available to the wider 

international academic community in order to foster a wider, 

fact-based discussion among researchers and students 

alike.  Friedrich Steinhäusler, Professor of 

Physics at Salzburg University
9/11 in the Academic Community, awarded for “Documentary 

Achievement” at the University of Toronto Film Festival, is now 

available for purchase through its website:

http://911inacademia.com/support-the-film/
It is a unique film that documents academia’s treatment of critical 

perspectives on 9/11 by exploring the taboo that shields the 

American government’s narrative from scholarly examination. 

Through a powerful reflection on intellectual courage and the 

purpose of academia, the film aims at changing intellectual 

discourse on 9/11 and the War on Terror.
Please inform your friends about this documentary’s release.
Adnan Zuberi

Director & Producer
This documentary confronts the academy’s 

uncritical response to the

defining event of our times.

 It is an essential viewing for everyone 

in academe.
Lance deHaven-Smith

Professor of Public Administration and Policy 

at Florida State University

Former President of the Florida Political Science Association
As an academic, I found the film to accurately describe how

academics tend to deal with controversial issues.
Hendrik Van den Berg

Professor of Economics at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Former Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
See the Endorsements Section for more Statements of Support for 

“9/11 in the Academic Community”
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