Monday, November 10, 2008
Indoctrinate U: a documentary film covering the assault on free speech and free thought on college campuses. Our Education. Their Politics. Documentary filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney investigates political censorship at colleges and universities in the United States. Watch how “free speech” Liberals censor speech at US Colleges.
Among other things, the film examines the use of institutional mechanisms such as speech codes, which it claims are used to punish students who express political views that are unpopular within academia.
The film covers anti-military protests at UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University, treatment of conservative students at Cal Poly and the University of Tennessee, racial and ethnic politics at the University of Michigan and Yale, teaching at Duke and Columbia, among other subjects. It also includes interviews with David French and Greg Lukianoff, (then respectively president and director of legal and public advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), Glenn Reynolds, Daniel Pipes and others.
Maloney spent two and a half years making the documentary by conducting interviews on various college campuses and with various thinkers. The film was preceded by two shorter versions, Brainwashing 101 and Brainwashing 201: The Second Semester. The two shorts led the 2004 American Film Renaissance festival to select Indoctrinate U as its “most anticipated documentary.”
In March 2007, Maloney appeared on Hannity’s America to discuss the film. On April 19 of the same year, he appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal where they showed clips from the film and took calls.
Indoctrinate U was produced by On the Fence Films with the support of the Moving Picture Institute, and Stuart Browning, Blaine Greenberg, and Thor Halvorssen. The film’s executive producers are Stuart Browning and Blaine Greenberg. Its associate producer is Frayda Levy. It was edited by Chandler Tuttle. (Wikipedia)
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Indoctrinate U: A Must See Movie!
by: Wendy Cook, May 16, 2007
Welcome to the new American university! A place where your ideas, beliefs and questions should be left at the door because what your professor says should be taken as the Gospel truth. Wait… doesn’t something seem wrong with this picture? This is America, the land of the free, right?! Shouldn’t universities be promoting different thoughts and viewpoints, encouraging diverse discussion and debate? Does this homogeneous, narrow-minded, intolerant brainwashing that’s happening all over American campuses perk your interest? Then you must see Indoctrinate U!
I had the opportunity to attend the private screening at the National Press Club this week here in Washington, D.C. It is by far one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen. It’s actually very humorous, all the while very sobering. The film goes straight to the horse’s mouth for answers as it reveals the dirty little secrets of the country’s most well-respected institutions. “There have been many books written on the closing of the collegiate mind, but this is the first film to provide a snapshot of what life is like at America’s universities today, where you speak up at your own risk and are expected to check your mind at the door,” said Rob Pfaltzgraff, executive director of the Moving Picture Institute (MPI).
Creator, director and writer of the movie, Evan Coyne Maloney, a New York City software developer who began making short films after having nothing better to do one Saturday, put his career on hold for three years for the making of Indoctrinate U. He traveled to over 24 universities to talk to students and administration… well, attempted to, until he had campus police called on him at various places. Maloney has been called a “Michael Moore, only with integrity,” according to the film’s website. His sarcastic tone and humor add a great element to the hard-hitting evidence that is offered against the ‘conformity of thought’ epidemic raging on campuses.
Here’s a sample of the absurdities documented in the film:
– Cal State University and Columbia University- Students held a bake sale to demonstrate their opposition to affirmative action policies. The cookies are sold based on a student’s race, for example: $1.00 for Asians, 75 cents for whites, 25 cents Hispanics and 10 cents Africans- just like affirmative action is used in the admissions process. Bake sales like these have been quickly stopped by the administration and the students involved were threatened with arrest.
– Cal Poly student Steve Hinkel, a member of Cal Poly’s College Republicans started a free speech debate after posting “offensive” flyers in the school’s multicultural center promoting a speaking engagement by author Mason Weaver. Short version: angry students called campus police and Hinkel was charged with disturbing a campus event- a Bible reading- in posting the flyer. The students claimed the poster was offensive because it included the word “plantation”, which was used in the Weaver’s book title, It’s OK to Leave the Plantation. After the hearing, the Vice President of Student Affairs informed Hinkel that “You are a young white male member of CPCR. To students of color, this may be a collision of experience. The chemistry has racial implications, and you are naive not to acknowledge those.” So this had nothing to do with a disruption, but everything to do with his physical makeup being offensive? The school ordered him to write a written apology to offended students, Hinkel would not comply saying his constitutional free speech right was being infringed and sued the school. Cal Poly later settled with Hinkel, agreeing to expunge his record and pay his $40,000 in court fees. Don’t forget: that’s $40,000 the taxpayers had to shell out for this fiasco.
– The University of Tennessee suspended the Kappa Sigma fraternity because five of its members dressed up as the Jackson Five for an off-campus Halloween air guitar contest– all because various black students complained that it was racially insensitive. Students came to their defense by explaining that the frat guys are friends from Jackson, Tenn., and that others know them by that nickname. The school still went through with its disciplinary actions. This is actually a really comical part in the film; Maloney takes a survey walking down the street on Halloween asking people if they thought it would be racist for 5 white guys to dress up as the Jackson Five. The consensus, “It would be funny!”
– On the flip side, the University of Tennessee dismissed an email written by a student on a committee responsible for bringing speakers to the campus, about another student, Sukhmani Singh Khalsa. The email was sent to other committee members saying, “Next time you see him, shoot him in the face.” This was supposedly in response to an editorial written by Khalsa accusing the group of being non-diverse and narrow-minded in whom they invite to speak on campus. The administration dismissed it by saying, “It was taken out of context.”
– Maloney also makes a point by showing up at “Women’s resource centers” on various campuses and asking where the “men’s resource center” is. He never found one, but had a great time getting the women to give a straight answer on its non-existence. It’s funny because only 44% of college attendees are men, which makes them a minority. Which according to all the gender quality activist means they should have a resource center… right?
And that just scratches the surface of the documentary.
Not just another conservative bashing of the left, it’s a movie for all people. “I’ve had many people say, ‘I’m a Democrat and I love this movie.’ It’s not about politics. It’s about a love for truth… the search for truth, no matter where that takes you,” said Maloney.
Want to see this film in your local theater? Here is how you can help! The filmmakers of Indoctrinate U believe this is one of the most important documentaries of the year. They know many people want to see this film. But commercial distributors don’t. So to prove to them that the audience exists, they have created a Google map that allows interested people to sign up with their email address and zip code. So far the results have been overwhelming! Since the site went live on March 19th, it’s had over 150,000 page views and more than 10,000 people have requested a screening in their city. All of this has been done without the producers spending a dime on promotion. If they get 500 requests in one location they will set up a screening in that area. You can add to this number!
So stop what you’re doing… get on your laptop… and go to www.indoctrinateU.com and sign up so the film will be shown in your area!
Wendy Cook is a staff writer for Accuracy in Academia.
Opening a window on closed campus minds
Early 20th-century American novelist Thomas Wolfe, the subject of my grad thesis, is most famously remembered for his book, or rather its title, You Can’t Go Home Again. The phrase entered the language as shorthand for the disappointment one feels in later life when revisiting the greatly changed scene of one’s youthful bliss.
My youthful bliss was studying the great writers of Western civilization at the University of Toronto. I didn’t know then I was witnessing a “melancholy, long, withdrawing roar”: the outgoing tide of a classically liberal education.
I don’t suffer from the “in-my-day” syndrome, whereby the institutions of one’s formative years seem in retrospect superior to those of the next generations. I haven’t lost my objectivity; academia has. In my day, the university’s mission was to open minds; today it is to close them.
For proof, see Indoctrinate U, a documentary film that explores the reflexive suppression on campus of the ideologically non-compliant in its midst. The Canadian premiere takes place in Ottawa on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., at the National Archives of the Library of Canada. (Or order Indoctrinate U at https://store.indoctrinate-u.com/)
The film focuses on American campuses, but leftist triumphalism knows no national borders. The pattern of political groupthink captured by filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney could be replicated at any number of similarly left-leaning Canadian universities.
Building on testimonials by students, faculty, alumni and critical commentators, including attempts to interview campus administrators (not a single one co-operated; several were filmed calling the police to eject Maloney from campus), the young filmmaker mounts a compelling indictment of–in George Orwell’s words — the “smelly little orthodoxies” suffocating intellectual diversity on campus.
Indoctrinate U exposes the full gamut of the PC scourge: irritations that grate, like speech codes forbidding words that may lead to “a loss of self-esteem” (Colby College) or a ban on gender-specific partner terms such as “boyfriend” (University of West Virginia); and cuts that sting: on campus after campus, conservative student journalists are reviled, their dailies trashed en masse. “The only good Republican is a dead Republican!” screams one offended student when offered a conservative broadsheet.
Diversity of opinion is squashed, sometimes with savagely hypocritical zeal. At Indian River Community College in Florida, the Christian Fellowship was refused the right to show The Passion of the Christ because it was “R rated,” but a play called F–king for Jesus was permitted, featuring a girl masturbating before a picture of Jesus.
The most sympathetic victims are conservative faculty, because academia is their life, not a way station. At California Polytechnic, “outed” professor Laura Freberg was reproached by her colleagues, “We never would have hired you if we’d known you were Republican.” In spite of her impeccable academic credentials and stellar teaching ratings, Freberg was removed as department chair, and a swastika burned on her lawn.
Just when you think he has plumbed its depths, Maloney finds more sickening examples of Western self-loathing. Kuwaiti student Ahmad al-Qloushi dared to write a pro-American essay at Foothill College. He was threatened with the loss of his visa by a professor; and administrators subsequently authorized the distribution of a third-party flyer calling him “as bad as Hitler” and likening him to a suicide bomber.
These examples seem sensational, but the film’s tone is calm and objective. Maloney did not appear to have cherrypicked his witnesses. He toured campuses big and small, famous and humble, across the nation. It was the same “velvet-totalitarian” story everywhere. His interview subjects reflect on the problem soberly and articulately, and every case included was vetted for veracity and moral clarity.
The camera does not lie: Former centres of learning and intellectual diversity are now indoctrination sites systemically dedicated to the abbreviation of human curiosity and the alienation of students from Western civilization.
I often wonder where in Canada I could “go home again” in the 21st century. I have one simple, symbolic criterion: a learning centre that would still hold up for critical admiration the greatness in the writings of Thomas Wolfe, a hard-drinking, aggressively heterosexual white male from a racist background, whose creative inspiration was Western civilization’s literary treasure trove and whose overriding theme was his passion for America.
That’s a tall order nowadays. I only know one three-year arts program in Canada today I’d be glad to call my intellectual home, and I fear for its survival.
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