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Despite post-September-11 fears, institutions that protect academic freedom remain strong

By September 11, 2006

Five years ago, academe braced itself.

In the days and weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11, when title logos like "America Under Attack" still loomed over newscasts, some scholars said they could already feel the free exchange of ideas constricting. As news commentators proclaimed an end to the age of irony, many professors feared the start of a new McCarthy era. ...