December 18, 2001
American Council of Trustees and Alumni
1726 M Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-4525
I am writing in regards to the Council’s recent report, Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are Failing America and What Can Be Done About It.
In the past, the Council has often sent me advanced copies of its publications before they have been released and asked for my support. In this case, though, I was never given the opportunity to review the Defending Civilization report before it was made public. I first learned of it through a call to my office from a reporter in Connecticut about a controversy the report had stirred at Wesleyan University.
If I had been given an advanced copy, I would have objected to its content and methodology and asked you either to revise it or make clear that I had no involvement with it. But because that did not happen, and because I have been incorrectly listed on your website as a co-founder of the Council, a number of news accounts and commentaries have associated me with the report and incorrectly asserted or implied that I endorse it.
This letter is meant to set the record straight about my disapproval of this report, which I consider unfair and inconsistent for an organization devoted to promoting academic freedom. To avoid any future confusion, I would ask you to remove any reference to me as a “co-founder” of ACTA from your website or other Council documents. And I would ask that you note in any future public statements that I do not support this specific report. Thank you.