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The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 17, 2006 - 3
MESA, AAUP call for nation's universities
to support Iraqi profs and students in danger
More than 100 Iraqi on issues of academic freedom worldwide. westernize their nation. MESA and AAUP advised United States col-
At the heart of the threat to education in Acknowledging that national education is leges to sponsor exchange programs and offer
aeadeniiics have been murdered Iraq is tension created by a religious division at risk, the Iraqi government banned political scholarships to aid motivated Iraqi students.
since end of Hussein's regime between the Shi'ite and Sunni communities activity on campus this past Thursday. But it "United States universities are doing very little'
on campuses, said University of California- is unlikely this regulation will prevent political Gray said. "Every major university could reserve
By Sandy Liberman Berkely Prof. Keith Watenpaugh. activity, Watenpaugh said. some teaching assistantships forqualified Iraqi grad-
Daily StaffReporter "As Iraqi society becomes more violent "Student activism occurs at colleges across uate students, and then make an effort to recruit."
and enters civil war, the campuses are suffer- the world, and it is useless to think stifling free Students in the United States should push
As their safety is threatened on college cam- ing," Watenpaugh said. speech will solve problems in Iraq," he said. their universities to recruit and welcome Iraqi
puses across Iraq, the nation's professors are Since the United States' occupation of Iraq in The United States allocates most of its resourc- students, she said.
fleeing at an alarming rate, causing a national 2003, conflict between the two Islamic sects has es in Iraq to military funding, not education. Although the University does not have a spe-
"brain-drain" and worldwide concern. involed theft of computers and academic records, As a result, the United States fails to help the cific program to assist Iraqi students, the Depart-
The Middle East Studies Association and the unmanageable violence and murder on campuses. nation repair the very educational problems the ment of Middle East and North African studies
American Association of University Professors To date, more than 100 Iraqi academics have destruction of Saddam Hussein's rigid regime donates books to Iraqi universities and libraries.
released a joint statement last week addressing been murdered, Watenpaugh said. created, Watenpaugh said. The department also sponsors lectures on the
the strain on education in Iraq. The academic situation in Iraq continues "The problem may arise partly from lack of situation in the Middle East.
"Unfortunately, things have subsequently to dwindle as experienced professors flee the understanding of the region among the Bush In 2005, a board of eight University profes-
gotten worse, not better," said AAUP member country to search for safer jobs abroad, leaving administration's appointees placed in charge of sors, led by LSA Prof. Juan Cole, set up the
and spokeswoman Mary Gray. the nation without qualified instructors to teach higher education," Gray said. Library of Americana in Arabic Library Trans-
MESA is an international watch-dog orga- its up-and-coming professionals. "If adequate resources accompany the hand- lation Project as a charitable organization to
nization for academics in the Middle East. The Watenpaugh said many citizens view edu- over of authority in Iraq, the situation may translate classic American literature into Ara-
AAUP is a similar organization that focuses cated scientists and professionals as threats to improve," she added. bic and send the translated material to Iraq.

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