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Culture Wars and the University

Culture Wars and the University

In the 1990s, conservative social critics took aim at a variety of academic subjects and research approaches on American college campuses.

One such skirmish in what the media called “the culture wars” began in 1995, following a decision by the English department at Georgetown University that English majors would no longer be required to take courses on two of the following authors: Chaucer, Milton, and Shakespeare.

Documentary producer Richard Paul interviewed some of those involved on both sides. To hear more, select from the list at left.

American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)