The UnCivil University: Intolerance on College Campuses, Revised Edition

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The UnCivil University: Intolerance on College Campuses, Revised Edition

The Revised Edition includes a new introduction by Kenneth L. Marcus. Mr. Marcus discusses the astonishing and ironic reluctance of the higher education and Jewish communities to acknowledge and confront the hostile environment for Jews in American universities. He describes six reasons why Jewish students as individuals and Jewish community groups are reluctant to intervene.

Co-author Aryeh K. Weinberg has added a conclusion that takes a broader look at the role of the campus in a global anti-Israel campaign that reaches from the Middle East to the United Nations. Mr. Weinberg's new epilogue revisits themes in the book and explores positive developments as well as the Jewish communal response to anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in higher education.

Publishers Weekly, Web Exclusive Review
In this alarming, well-sourced analysis, researchers for the Institute for Jewish & Community Research find anti-Israel propagandists using the banner of academic freedom to intimidate, marginalize and indoctrinate....They include practical recommendations, clear-headed rebuttals to opposing arguments, interviews with varied students, and sober deliberation on the university's responsibilities. — April 2009

The American university is suffering from a moral crisis unseen since the great social upheavals of the 1960s. In the name of academic freedom, the core values of higher education—honest scholarship, unbiased research, and diversity of thought and person—have been corrupted by an academy more interested in preserving its privileges than in protecting its own integrity. Aided and enabled, sometimes unwittingly, by faculty, administrators, trustees, philanthropists, and even the government of the United States, the American university has lost its civility.


Gary Tobin and his co-authors identify a pernicious trend on college campuses and devote their considerable analytical ability to finding ways to combat it. Anti-Semitism is a blight on any society; it has no place in civil discourse. As this book makes clear, much work remains before it is banished to history forever.
The late Congressman Tom Lantos, Democrat, San Francisco, San Mateo

The UnCivil University is one of those rare books that shines a light on a problem that many have been too blind to see or too ashamed to acknowledge—namely, the rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on the American college campus. Gary Tobin and his colleagues document this troubling development with meticulous care, showing how at many leading universities a small but aggressive minority has succeeded in sowing hatred for Israel and hostility toward Jewish students and faculty who dare to defend the only free and democratic state in the Middle East. This is a timely book, because the agents of bigotry and unreason on the campus have advanced very far toward their goal of closing down enlightened debate on the future of the Middle East. If they succeed, all of us—Jews and gentiles alike—who believe in the ideals of pluralism and rational discourse will be the losers. The publication of this volume represents an important step in restoring a civil and enlightened university.
James Piereson , Executive Director, John M. Olin Foundation

The one-sided coercive atmosphere prevalent on so many of our campuses is depriving an entire generation of the kind of education they deserve. When it comes to social, political, religious, and ideological matters, the academy has too often shown a pronounced preference for only one perspective. As this important book makes clear, it is high time for all of us to insist that colleges promote a civil yet robust exchange of ideas—the very foundation of a liberal education.
Anne Neal , President, American Council of Trustees and Alumni


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