The Silent Success of the "9/11 in the Academic Community" Documentary
Canadian academic historian Michiel Horn has observed that as a rule, professors are milquetoasts. Here is documentary proof of Horn’s observation, on the subject of this century’s first great day of infamy. This film also documents exceptions to Horn’s rule: professors with guts enough to raise critical questions. Highly recommended, especially for provoking reasoned political discussion and debate.
Kenneth Westhues, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo
Member, Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship
People can benefit from learning about the event which clearly changed not only American consciousness,
but that of the whole world. I believe this documentary should be shown as widely as possible.
Paul Almond, Officer of the Order of Canada
Award Winning Former Director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Every year, many concerned citizens desiring a new and independent investigation into the events of 9/11 organize informative presentations on campus. Despite the enormous energies and the high-level professionalism invested into the gatherings, one paradoxical observation stands out: the number of professors in attendance are little to none.
The 9/11 in the Academic Community documentary team has carefully studied the communication gap between activists and academics. Taboo subjects such as the critical study of evidence surrounding the events of 9/11 are unlikely to be resolved in a public manner. Most attempts at publicly raising the issue result in heated confrontations and negative media attention. The documentary team has implemented a private strategy that has time and again proven to produce powerful results.
Some of the many updates are as follows:
- A distinguished professor and former president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) liked the film and a former AAUP general secretary and State University of New York president endorsed the film.
- Over the last six months, supportive reviews have been frequently received (almost every other week) from top academics new to the subject. Recent ones include a distinguished professor at Cornell University and a distinguished professor in Canada (also an elected Officer of the Order of Canada and the Royal Society of Canada) were quite moved by the film and are supportive of it.
- The administrators of one of UK's top universities (equivalent to an American Ivy league university) are doing an internal screening of the film.
- Students have been very receptive to the film and have been organizing screenings on campus. A growing number of professors across North America are involving it into curriculum.
- The film was reviewed by a Harvard University employee and was entered into their library: http://library.harvard.edu/
The film is making its way into university libraries across North America.
- Supportive reviews received from high-level officials which includes a person working under Obama, a political science head of department and advisor to his country's national defense command, and a former employee who served in the directorate on counterterrorism operations within the White House.
- The University of Waterloo acknowledged the film as an accomplishment of its alumni (see May 1/14 update): https://uwaterloo.ca/alumni/alumni-spotlight/class-notes
With your support, the documentary team can accelerate and expand on this success to educate scholars on the need for a new and independent investigation into the events of 9/11. Please distribute this message to your friends and visit www.911inAcademia.com to purchase the film.
Director & Producer
9/11 in the Academic Community