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February 15, 2002

Just days after September 11th, a California professor lashes out at Islam...and ignites a controversy. Has freedom of speech become collateral damage in the war on terrorism? NOW visits the campus of Orange Coast College in California to see why conservative political science professor Kenneth Hearlson was suspended from the classroom. And NOW visits the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to ask students and professors "Are there any areas of opinion that should be off-limits in the classroom?"

In an interview with Bill Moyers, Muslim scholar Azizah al-Hibri talks about the need for Muslims and non-Muslims to engage in more open dialogue. She says "How Americans see themselves and how non-Americans - people outside, not just Muslims but third world people - see America is a totally different thing..."

In Depth

Kenneth Hearlson

Has freedom of speech become collateral damage in the war on terrorism? We have the story of one embattled professor.

Now goes to U Mass to hear what students and teachers have to say about their free speech rights.

Azizah al-Hibri

What's it going to take for Muslims and non-Muslims to talk honestly with each other? Bill Moyers interviews Muslim scholar and activist Aziza al-Hibri points to the roadblocks.

American Family

Is “American Family” a breakthrough for Latino culture or a new stereotype? NOW tackles this question and others in a conversation with filmmaker Gregory Nava.


John Ridley

NPR News commentator and Hollywood screenwriter John Ridley challenges the media’s gentle treatment of the Bush administration since September 11th.

Picture of the Week

After the War
Photographer Lori Grinker captures life "After War"


Learn more about academic freedom from additional sources.

Read the complete transcript.


Freedom to Teach?
Producer: Howard Weinberg
Editor: Larry Goldfine

Courtesy of WMHT-TV, Schenectady, NY

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