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The Adopt a Dissenting Book campaign is based on a series of steps intended to make sure that professors set forth opposing critical views in a fair-minded manner, and, if they refuse to open their classrooms to dissenting ideas, to make an example of the offending courses and instructors among trustees, alumni, and concerned citizens.
The first step is for students to will use course syllabi from politically oriented courses in departments such as Anthropology, Communications, English Literature, History, Sociology, Women’s Students, etc., and evaluate the reading lists to see whether or not they are biased. If the determination is made that the class materials do not present a fair and objective examination of the subject at hand, students will, with the assistance of Students for Academic Freedom, compile a list of books and other instructional materials whose inclusion in the course will give it true intellectual diversity.
The students will take these materials to their professor, make the case for how even one dissenting book, integrated respectfully into a course syllabus whose content otherwise uniformly expresses a leftist worldview, would provide for fairness and objectivity by opening students to the possibility of dissenting interpretations of contentious issues.
If the professor refuses to grant the student’s request, then Students for Academic Freedom will assist the students in appealing to the next higher authority, which would be the Department Chair, and after that the Dean of Students. If students are unsuccessful with these appeals, SAF will help them take the request to the university administration beginning with the Provost or Chancellor, then the President and finally to the university’s Board of Trustees. While this process of appeal is taking place, SAF will help students launch a media campaign that describes the bias that administrators and trustees sponsor in their school’s classrooms. Part of this process will involve reaching out to family, alumni, and, in the case of state universities, the public.
“The `Adopt a Dissenting Book’ campaign addresses the problem of classroom indoctrination in a way that has never been approached before,” says David Horowitz. “It has the potential for exposing how biased and propagandistic the university has become under the control of today’s tenured radicals. By mobilizing students and getting them to demand that they be given access to the whole story, we can put radical professors on the defensive and make them open their hermetically sealed classrooms to the fresh air of real academic freedom.”
[For more information on the “Adopt A Dissenting Book Campaign” or to become involved, contact Director of Campus Campaigns Jeffrey Wienir: Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org]
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