On this page and in future blog postings, I will be reprinting a small selection of the messages I have received (a selection of earlier messages appeared on the “Letters to Prof. Carney” page posted in Spring 2013), along with my responses. (As will be immediately obvious, the ones I’ve selected for this set of postings are those where I had the time to write the longest and most detailed responses to questions I was asked.) I’d note that in several cases, I have severely edited the message to me to eliminate material of merely personal interest, and in several cases, have expanded the text of my response in the blog posting to make it more intelligible to a reader who is not as familiar with the issues or the other blog postings as the individual I was communicating with was. To protect the privacy and confidentiality of my correspondents, I have also removed anything that would reveal their identities and preserve the privacy and confidentiality of their communications (privacy and confidentiality that I would note that my Dean and other BU administrators failed to respect when they circulated to each other copies of emails I have written and received with the names and email addresses of the correspondents attached).
Prof. of Film and American Studies
"Inside Boston University—A Faculty Member's Efforts to Defend
Academic Freedom of Expression" --
Ray Carney's observations about academic freedom of expression, the
censorship of faculty publications, and bureaucratic retaliation
against independent-minded faculty members at Boston University. Prof.
Carney reflects on the deleterious effect of corporate modes of
organization, business measures of value, and market pressures on the
life of the mind, academic research, and course offerings—and on the
distortions corporate values introduce into the faculty promotion,
pay, and support system.
and Chartres (Viking Penguin), Henry James, What Maisie Knew and The
Spoils of Poynton (New American Library/Signet), Rudyard Kipling, Kim
(New American Library); The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism,
Modernism and the Movies (Cambridge University Press); The Films of
Mike Leigh: Embracing the World (Cambridge University Press); Speaking
the Language of Desire: The Films of Carl Dreyer (Cambridge University
Press); American Vision: The Films of Frank Capra (Cambridge
University Press); American Dreaming (University of California Press
at Berkeley); Shadows (British Film Institute/Macmillan); Cassavetes
on Cassavetes (Faber and Faber/Farrar, Straus); Autoportraits (Cahiers
du cinema), The Adventure of Insecurity; Necessary Experiences; Why
Art Matters; and other books, essays, and editions, published in more
than ten languages.