Ball State Peace Studies Revisited · 16 November 2005

We thoroughly exposed Ball State University's Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Center as a radical, anti-military institution, and discovered that Professor Wolfe is a music professor who has no legitimate qualifications to be teaching peace studies, much less heading a publicly-funded university center on the topic. This research culminated in the release of our booklet "Indoctrination or Education? The 'Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution' Program at Ball State University."

Now, nearly a year later, Professor Wolfe has decided to go on the offensive, delivering a speech on the Ball State campus October 31 on "the use of Ghandian philosophy to counter David Horowitz and the 'New McCarthyism.'"

In the speech, sponsored by the Sociology Department, Wolfe claimed that he was the target a "smear campaign," that accusations that Ball State's Peace Studies Center is anti-American are "absurd and shameful" and that SAF and its chairman David Horowitz are guilty of using McCarthyist tactics to advance a right-wing political agenda.

In a letter to the Muncie Star Press (which printed an article from reporter Seth Slabaugh repeating many of Wolfe's claims) David Horowitz responded to Wolfe's false allegations.

"Our campaign has never been about liberal bias," he noted. "It is about professional incompetence, in particular the fact that Wolfe is a saxophone player who teaches a course at Ball State on the causes of war and peace. It is about the fact that Wolfe has been using his classroom for indoctrination rather than education. Brett Mock who was Wolfe's student has claimed that Professor Wolfe used the grading system to force students to agree with his political views. Whatever the merits of this complaint (and it was never properly looked into by the school authorities), the academic freedom campaign is concerned about professors -- whatever their political persuasion -- who use the classroom to promote their personal political, social or ethical agendas and who deny students the right to have their opinions on controversial issues."

Horowitz went on to add, "The Star article correctly reported that I have written that the Peace Studies program at Ball State is encourages students to be anti-military, anti-American and to have sympathies for the terrorists. But it neglected to mention that my conclusion was based not only students' accounts of what went on in the classroom but on a reading of the only required text for Professor Wolfe's course. This text was written by two professors who claim in the preface to be anti-military leftists and who write that "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" and who compare the American founders to Islamic terrorists….It is disgraceful that George Wolfe should be inflicted on Indiana students as someone qualified to teach them about the complex and critical issues of war and peace. He is a saxophone player. He should teach the saxophone. And he should stop making false claims about his critics, which is exactly the tactic of McCarthyism, which he pretends to deplore."

Yours in Freedom,

Sara Dogan
National Campus Director
Students for Academic Freedom