Al-Qaeda Goes to College

Impact of the War on Terror on American Higher Education

by James Ottavio Castagnera

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April 2009


Pages 204
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Education

This volume is the first book-length treatment of how the 9/11 attacks and the American political scene afterward have affected higher education in this country. It covers topics such as: universities' roles in training counter-terrorism experts, particularly anthropologists working in Iraq and Afghanistan; bio-terrorism research on campuses; inflammatory critiques by the likes of Ward Churchill; the conspiracy theories advocated by some academics regarding 9/11; lawsuits against universities by terror victims trying to get settlements from countries like Iran by seizing archaeological artifacts in American universities; accused Islamists teaching at American colleges, like Sami al-Arian at USF.



"The book's research is excellent and it is full of detailed footnotes that others will undoubtedly find helpful. . . . This book not only presents well researched factual information, but it also contains legal analysis. . . . To my knowledge, this is the first book on how 9-11 has changed the world of higher education. This book will be available around April 30th and you can pre-order it now . . . You will be glad that you did.'

"—Adjunct Law Prof Blog

"At its core, the book is optimistic and encourages American educational institutions to take advantage of a market now defined by globalization and increased competition."—Reference & Research Book News


"Al-Qaeda Goes to College is a wide-ranging survey of the challenges and opportunities that confront higher education in post-9/11 America. While James Castagnera acknowledges the threats terrorists pose to campus security or how public reaction to such dangers can inhibit academic freedom, his perspective is essentially optimistic. The war on terror has opened new roles and funding sources for American colleges and universities in a market redefined by globalization and heightened competition. This is a book that should be read by academic administrators and professors who wish to see their institutions engage with the real world and its problems."—Gregory J. W. Urwin
Professor of History and Associate Director
Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University

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