Part 6—Acts of Financial,
Bureaucratic, Pedagogical, and Professional Retaliation
As another factor in the university's attempt to prevent me from publishing, denying me the opportunity to host a faculty web site on the Boston University server (as described in the eighth paragraph in the preceding blog posting: "Controlling What Faculty Write and Say" and on many other pages in this blog) has also severely negatively impacted my ability to connect with individuals who would otherwise have invited me to contribute to publishing projects or to speak at events they are hosting in the past eight years. As I describe on the aforementioned blog page (and as is a matter of public record, since the removal of my web site from the university server was ordered by my Chairman and various other BU administrators in writing), by unilateral decision of the Dean of the College of Communication, the Chairman of the Department of Film and Television, and the Boston University Provost and President, and against my strong protests, my faculty web site was officially inactived in the spring of 2008, making me almost certainly the only faculty member in America to be banned by his university from having a faculty web site. The result was that from 2008 on individuals have been unable to contact me via the site to invite me to participate in scheduled events or proposed publishing projects.
Notwithstanding these facts, and as I note above, the outright cancellation or withdrawal from publication of several specific major projects that has resulted from the denial of university support, I have gone deeply into personal debt and managed to support my own travel and research expenses for the past five years in order to complete a major, lengthy (350,000 word) book on the life and work of French filmmaker Robert Bresson. This work is close to being finished. Beyond that, this blog itself (approximately 100,000 words and counting) is also a major publication with a worldwide high-level readership. I have independent and unsolicited testimony from more than 500 major intellectual figures—including prominent academics, high-level administrators at American and foreign universities, faculty at all levels, and other leading intellectual and legal figures living in more than 20 different countries—that this is one of the most important web sites in the world devoted to the subject of academic freedom.
To read a chronological presentation of the various punishments I have been subjected to, month by month, year by year, for more than a ten year period, see "A Summary: Ten Years at Boston University."
I have strongly objected to all of the preceding financial, bureaucratic, and pedagogical punishments and pointed out their punitive and retaliatory nature.