Adnan Zuberi 2013 “9/11 in the Academic Community” – ACADEMIA’S TREATMENT OF CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON 9/11 – DOCUMENTARY

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Awarded for “Documentary Achievement” at the University of Toronto Film Festival, this film documents academia’s treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11 by examining impairments in professional inquiry, the usage of terms functioning as thought-stoppers in academic discourse, the epistemological implications of basing the official 9/11 narrative’s foundation on testimony obtained from torture, the non-response to critical scholarship on 9/11 in the humanities and sciences, and the attacks that had occurred on academic freedom. The documentary promotes a powerful reflection on intellectual courage and the purpose of academia, and aims to change intellectual discourse on 9/11 and the War on Terror for a more peaceful world.

UofT Film Fest Award for 911 in Academia 2

This documentary is produced by Zuberi Productions, a group that was founded  for the purposes of advancing knowledge and learning.  All proceeds go to the cost of the production. This documentary is not for profit. This production would not have been possible without the financial support of the University of Toronto’s Hart House Film Board.

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(same video but 2 critical analytical pieces cropped out from above video totalling 15 minutes)

“9/11 in the Academic Community,” a Winner of the University of Toronto Film Festival, is a unique film that documents academia’s treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11 by exploring the taboo that shields the American government’s narrative from scholarly examination. Through a powerful reflection on intellectual courage and the purpose of academia, the film aims at changing intellectual discourse on 9/11 and the War on Terror.

As well as probing the repercussions several scholars have endured due to their investigation of 9/11, this documentary provides an analysis of impairments in professional inquiry, ranging from the failure to critically reflect on terms functioning as thought-stoppers (such as “conspiracy theory”) to the structural approach that restricts inquiry to the broad implications of 9/11 while shutting out inquiry into the events of the day itself.

As 9/11 served as the rationale for the Global War on Terror, the expansion of the military and intelligence complex, the invasion of other countries in violation of international law, and the curtailing of civil liberties, the film provides an inspiring demonstration of intellectual courage that will cause many scholars to reflect on the academy’s role and strength to dismantle the war system.

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Interviewees and Film Group

Director and Producer: 

Adnan Zuberi has served as a member of the University of Toronto’s Hart House Film Board. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics in Honours Mathematical Physics from the University of Waterloo.

Music Director:
Mike Bondi received his BASc in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is an engineering consultant since 2003 and has worked with a broad range of clients in various industries. Mike is a specialist in computer science & IT, electronics and computing hardware, RF and wireless, and manufacturing.

Barry Shainbaum is an author and inspirational speaker, addressing diverse audiences that span mental and emotional health groups to high-end corporations. From Nelson Mandela and Jane Goodall to Arun Gandhi and Shimon Peres, Barry has traveled the world to photograph and interview the world’s most noted icons of hope and heroism, and he brings their empowering messages to the general public. Barry is also a radio broadcaster, hosting Perspectives, in Kitchener, London, Woodstock and Brantford.


The following academics were interviewed for the documentary.

Richard B. Lee is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Internationally recognized for his ethnographic studies, he has held academic appointments at Harvard, Rutgers and Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Lee has served as President of the Canadian Anthropology Society and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Alaska Faribanks and the University of Guelph. American Scientist holds one of Dr. Lee’s work to be amongst the 100 greatest scientific works of the 20th century.

Walter G. Pitman has served as Dean of Arts and Science at Trent University, Director of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and President of Ryerson University. He has also served as Member of Provincial Parliament, Member of the Standing Committee on Education and University Affairs, Director of the Ontario Arts Council, Chair of the Ontario Association of Arts Education, and President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He holds honourary degrees from McGill, York, Brock and Trent universities. He was awarded the Order of Ontario and was made Officer of the Order of Canada.

John McMurtry is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Guelph. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a President’s Distinguished Professor, his work has been published in more than 150 books and journals. McMurtry was selected by the United Nations as organizing author and editor of Philosophy and World Problems, which will be included in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. He is also the author of Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market As An Ethical System (1998), The Cancer Stage of Capitalism (1999) and Value Wars: The Global Market Versus the Life Economy (2001).

David MacGregor is Professor of Sociology and former Chair of the Department of Sociology at King’s College of the University of Western Ontario.  He is the author of many well known books such as The Communist Ideal in Hegel and Marx (1984) and Hegel, Marx, and the English State (1996). Dr. MacGregor has been awarded the Porter Prize of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association.

Omar M. Ramahi is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo and is cross-appointed with Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Physics and Astronomy. He has authored and co-authored over 240 journal and conference papers and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers  (IEEE).

Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) was a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Bill Clinton. She was an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Art and Science, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Paul Zarembka is Professor of Economics at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He is Senior Editor for Research in Political Economy since 1977, editor of Frontiers in Econometrics, as well as editor of The Hidden History of 9-11-2001. His research interests include Economic Development, U.S. Labor History and Marxist Theory. Dr. Zarembka has appeared in various editions of Who’s Who in America, Economics, in Finance & Business and American Education.

Robert M. Korol is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at McMaster University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers and the Engineering Institute of Canada. His major research interests have been in structural mechanics and steel structures including the design and behaviour of tubular members acting as columns, beams and connections in bridge and building applications.

Michael Truscello is an Assistant Professor of English and General Education at Mount Royal University. His fields of expertise include: Software Studies, Free and Open Source Software, Rhetoric of Science and Technology, Alternative Media, and Postanarchism.

Graeme MacQueen is a retired Professor of Religious Studies at McMaster University and founding Director of McMaster’s Centre for Peace Studies. He has been the director of various peace building projects in war zones and is currently co-director of the project Media and Peace Education in Afghanistan funded by CIDA. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the McMaster Student Union.

Disclaimer:  The personalities listed above are not representing or speaking on behalf of the institutions or associations they are affiliated with.

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— Praise for “9/11 in the Academic Community” —

 Academic freedom protects scholars who report inconvenient truths from the uninformed, but, as
Adnan Zuberi reminds us, academic freedom is also the responsibility of scholars to pursue the truth.

Roger W. Bowen
Served as General Secretary of the American Association of University Professors,
Professor of Political Science and President of the State University of New York at New Paltz

People can benefit from learning about the event which clearly changed not only American consciousness,
but that of the whole world. I believe this documentary should be shown as widely as possible.

 Paul Almond
Officer of the Order of Canada
Award Winning Former Director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Whatever else is done by the men and women who work in our universities, it is essential, I believe, that large numbers of them stand sufficiently outside society intellectually to see, understand, and interpret what is going on. I find it troubling that so few—there are credible exceptions—have seriously engaged with the question of what actually happened on 9/11 and why. There are so many holes and limitations in the official version that it calls out for rigorous intellectual fact-finding and analysis.

Alvin A. Lee
President Emeritus, McMaster University

I hope that this material will be made available to the wider international academic community
in order to foster a wider, fact-based discussion among researchers and 
students alike.

Friedrich Steinhäusler
Professor of Physics at Salzburg University
Former Co-Director of the NATO ARW on Catastrophic Terrorism
Past Chairman, US/German Transatlantic Expert Group on Terrorism

Canadian academic historian Michiel Horn has observed that as a rule, professors are milquetoasts.
Here is documentary proof of Horn’s observation, on the subject of this century’s first great day of infamy.
This film also documents exceptions to Horn’s rule: professors with guts enough to raise critical questions.
Highly recommended, especially for provoking reasoned political discussion and debate.

Kenneth Westhues
Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo
Member, Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship

This documentary confronts the academy’s uncritical response to the defining event of our times.
It is an essential viewing 
for everyone in academe.

Lance deHaven-Smith
Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University
Former President of the Florida Political Science Association

As an academic, I found the film to accurately describe how
academics tend to deal with controversial issues.

Hendrik Van den Berg
Professor of Economics at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Former Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

The main thesis of the film concerns the silence of the academic community on this vital issue.
I think it is extremely important and very well produced.

Morton Brussel
Professor Emeritus of Physics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“9/11 in the Academic Community” performs a valuable service by reminding us of what we already knew:
that academics are seekers of truth, 
but especially comfortable truth. 

Stephen LeRoy
Professor Emeritus of Economics at University of California at Santa Barbara
Economic Theory Fellow, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory
Former Economist, U.S. Federal Reserve Board

I find the film “9/11 in the Academic Community” to be an accurate depiction of the
state of discourse 
in the academy at large regarding the events of 9/11/2001.

Martin Walter
Professor and past Chair of Mathematics at University of Colorado at Boulder
Sloan, Woodrow Wilson, and National Science Foundation Fellow

University audiences should find this important documentary humbling: 9/11 in the Academic Community offers an unsparing analysis of the timid refusal of most North American academics to engage critically with the events of 9/11, despite the glaring inadequacy of official accounts of what happened. But audiences may also draw encouragement from the film. The interviews provide examples from a wide range of disciplines–from engineering and econometrics to textual scholarship and philosophy–of researchers engaged in principled analysis of the evidence.

Michael Keefer
Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Guelph
Former President, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English
Former Chair, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Research Grants in Literature

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Academic Papers

The following articles are peer-reviewed journal papers that address issues surrounding the day of 9/11/2001 from a critical perspective. Academics are encouraged to take an interest in critical 9/11 research.

August 2017 | Conspiracy Theories and the Paranoid Style: Do Conspiracy Theories Posit Implausibly Vast and Evil Conspiracies?
Journal: Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy
Author: Dr. Kurtis Hagen, PhD (Philosophy)

June 2017 | Peer Review in Controversial Topics—A Case Study of 9/11
Journal: MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)
Author: John D. Wyndham, PhD (Physics)

August 2016 | 15 Years Later: On the Physics of High-rise Building Collapses
Journal: Europhysics News
Authors: S. Jones (Brigham Young University),  R. Korol (McMaster University), A. Szamboti (Mechanical Engineer) and Ted Walter (AE911Truth)

February 2016 | The Collapse of WTC 7: A Re-examination of the “Simple Analysis” Approach
Journal: Challenge Journal of Structural Mechanics (Vol 2, No 1, 2016)
Authors: Dr. Robert Korol , Paul Heerema, and K. S. Sivakumaran (McMaster University)
Download full paper – PDF

July 2014 | Discourse Among The Truthers And Deniers Of 9/11: Movement-countermovement Dynamics And The Discursive Field Of The 9/11 Truth Movement (Doctoral Dissertation)
Author: Dr. Richard Ellefritz (Oklahoma State University)
Download paper – PDF

February 2014 | Reassessing the Plastic Hinge Model for Energy Dissipation of Axially Loaded Columns
Journal: Journal of Structures, Vol. 2014, Article ID 795257, 7 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/795257.
Authors: Dr. Robert Korol and Dr. K. S. Sivakumaran (McMaster University)

June 2013 | Some Misunderstanding Related to WTC Collapse Analysis
Journal: International Journal of Protective Structures (Vol. 4, No. 2 / June 2013)
Authors: Dr. Gregory Szuladzinski  (PhD, Structural Mechanics), Tony Szamboti (ME), and Richard Johns.
Download Preview (PDF): Preview – Some Misunderstandings of WTC Collapse Analysis

April 2013 | Conspiracy Theory in America  (Book)
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Author: Dr. Lance DeHaven-Smith (Florida State University)

November 2012 | Energy Absorption Potential of Light Weight Concrete Floors
Journal: Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (Vol. 39, pp: 1193-1201)
Authors: Dr. Robert Korol and Dr. K. S. Sivakumaran (McMaster University)

March 2012 | Launching the U.S. Terror War: the CIA, 9/11, Afghanistan, and Central Asia
Journal: The Asia-Pacific Journal
Author: Dr. Peter Dale Scott (University of California, Berkeley)

February 2012 | Temporal Considerations in Collapse of WTC Towers
Journal: Int. J. Structural Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp.189-207
Author: Dr. Gregory Szuladzinski  (PhD, Structural Mechanics; FEIA & Member of ASCE)

September 2011 | Conspiracy Theories and Stylized Facts
Journal: Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 21.2 (Fall 2011)
Author: Dr. Kurtis Hagen (SUNY)
Download Paper (PDF): Kurt Hagen – Conspiracy Theories and Stylized Facts

June 2011 | Was There Abnormal Trading in the S&P 500 Index Options Prior to the September 11 Attacks?
Journal: Multinational Finance Journal, 2011, vol. 15, no. 1/2, pp. 1-46
Authors: Wing-Keung Wong (Hong Kong Baptist University) and Dr. Howard E. Thompson (University of Wisconsin-Madison) et al
Download Paper (PDF): Abnormal Trading in the S&P 500 Index Options Prior to the September 11 Attacks

May 2011 | Review of David Ray Griffin’s Cognitive Infiltration:
An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

Journal: Florida Philosophical Review (Volume XI, Issue 1, Summer 2011)
Author: Dr. Kurtis Hagen (SUNY Plattsburgh)

April 2011 | Collapse Time Analysis of Multi-Story Structural Steel Buildings
Journal: The Open Civil Engineering Journal (Bentham Open) (Vol.5, 2011, pp. 25-35)
Authors: Dr. Robert Korol (McMaster University) et al

January 2011 | The Response of Cultural Studies of 9/11 Skepticism in American Popular Culture
Journal: Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies
Issue: Ten Years After 9/11: An Anarchist Evaluation
Author: Dr. Michael Truscello (Mount Royal University)

January 2011 | 9/11, Torture, and Law
Journal: Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies
Issue: Ten Years After 9/11: An Anarchist Evaluation
Author: Dr. Michael Keefer (Guelph University)

Fall 2010 | Is Infiltration of ‘Extremists Groups’ Justified?
Journal: International Journal of Applied Philosophy
Author: Dr. Kurtis Hagen (SUNY Plattsburgh)

July 2010 | Marxism, Conspiracy, and 9-11
Journal: Socialism and Democracy
Authors: Dr. Paul Zarembka (State University of New York) and Dr. David MacGregor (University of Western Ontario)
Download Paper (PDF): Zarembka and MacGregor – Journal Socialism and Democracy – Marxism and 9-11

Feb. 2010 | In Denial of Democracy: Social and Psychological Implications for Public Discourse on State Crimes Against Democracy Post-9/11
Journal: American Behavioral Scientist
Authors: Laurie Manwell (University of Guelph)
Download Paper (PDF): Laurie Manwell – Feb 2010 American Behavioral Scientist paper

April 2009 | Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
Journal: The Open Journal of Chemical Physics
Authors: Dr. Niels H. Harrit (University of Copenhagen) et al

August 2008 | Comments on WTC 7 Report 
Host of publication: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Authors: Dr. David Proe and Dr. Ian Thomas (Victoria University, Australia)
Link: PDF
Note: This is not a peer-reviewed paper. It is an analysis that was submitted to the NIST during the public comments period by two of Australia’s top researchers in fire engineering. Their analysis refutes NIST’s WTC 7 Report. NIST has yet not responded to their questions.

April 2008 | The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire and the Future of America (Book)
Publisher: University of California Press
Author: Dr. Peter Dale Scott (University of California, Berkeley)

April 2008 | Fourteen Points of Agreement with Official Government Reports on the World Trade Center Destruction
Journal: The Open Journal of Civil Engineering (Bentham Open)
Authors: Dr. Steven Jones (S&J Scientific Co.) et al

August 2008 | Environmental anomalies at the World Trade Center: evidence for energetic materials
Journal: The Environmentalist (2009) 29: 56-63
Authors: Kevin Ryan et al
Download Paper (PDF): The Environmentalist – Environmental Anomalies at the WTC Evidence for Energetic Materials

2006 | The Hidden History of 9-11-2001
Journal: Research in Political Economy (Elsevier Science Press, Volume 23)
Authors: Dr. Paul Zarembka (SUNY) et al

2006 | Unusual Option Market Activity and the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001

Journal: The Journal of Business (by the University of Chicago)
Author: Dr. Allen M. Poteshman (University of Illinois)
Download Paper (PDF): A. Poteshman – Journal of Business 2006 – Unusual Option Market Activity and the 9-11 Attacks

2006 |What Accounts for the Molten Metal Observed on 9/11/2001?
Journal: Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, 83:252, 2006.
Author: Dr. Steven E. Jones (Brigham Young University)

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