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Experts discuss future of area studies programs

WHATA panel discussion: “Title VI and the Academy: Academic Freedom, Academic Bias and the Federal Funding of Area Studies”
WHOTerry Hartle, Senior Vice President, American Council on Education, says that bias is not an issue and that an advisory board is not necessary.

Stanley Kurtz, of the Hoover Institute, favors establishing an Advisory board to investigate allegations of bias in area studies.

History Professor John Woods, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies here at University of Chicago, also says an advisory board is not necessary.

WHEREAssembly Hall of the International House, University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St.
WHENFriday, March 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

BACKGROUNDLegislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and now pending before the Senate calls for the creation of an advisory board on area studies, which are supported with federal Title VI appropriations. The proposal has generated controversy on campuses around the country. More information is available at

The panel is sponsored by the Middle East Studies Student Association at the University of Chicago and co-Sponsored by: the College Democrats, the College Republicans and the Student Committee on the Middle East Action Towards Peace.
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