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      FW: 3/20/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 5:00 AM
      To: Chronicle Daily Report
      Subject: 3/20/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education


      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers
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      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Wednesday, March 20.

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      INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

      *  TENRI UNIVERSITY, in Japan, has reprimanded a 47-year-old
         professor of anthropology for listing his students' names,
         attendance records, test results, and grades on a Web site
         that could be viewed by anyone.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/2002/03/2002032001t.htm

      --> FOR MORE about information technology in academe, go to
          http://chronicle.com/infotech
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      MAGAZINES & JOURNALS

      A glance at the March/April issue of "Foreign Affairs": A review
      of Martin Kramer's book on Middle Eastern studies

      F. Gregory Gause III, associate professor of political science
      at the University of Vermont and author of "Oil Monarchies:
      Domestic and Security Challenges in the Arab Gulf States,"
      reviews Martin Kramer's "Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of
      Middle Eastern Studies in America." The critic faults Mr.
      Kramer's book for failing to deal with scholars of the
      languages, literature and anthropology of the region, saying
      that instead it "deals solely with those who study contemporary
      Middle Eastern politics, and especially with three failures":
      the influence of Edward Said's 1978 book "Orientalism," the
      neglect of U.S. national interests, and the dominance of
      research on "'civil society,' or group activities that take
      place outside the boundaries of the state."

      Mr. Gause notes the accuracy of some of Mr. Kramer's arguments,
      but is far more zealous in his criticism of the book, writing
      that "far too often his valid points are overshadowed by
      academic score-settling and major inconsistencies." The book's
      suggestions for change are particularly weak, according to Mr.
      Gause, and cannot be realized without increasing government
      spending on Middle Eastern studies. Mr. Kramer has previously
      recommended that Congress cut such spending.

      In contrast, Mr. Gause argues that the government should support
      Middle Eastern studies, and that its priorities "should be
      languages first, second, and third." He concludes that "only
      increased federal support can sustain and expand the language
      instruction necessary to turn ... students into the careful and
      knowledgeable observers that everyone wants them to be."

      The article is available online at
      http://www.foreignaffairs.org/articles/Gause0302.html
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