Last Thursday, on NPR in Los Angeles, I debated the House’s proposed reform of funding for Middle East Studies (HR 3077) with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. Khalidi is a past president of the Middle East Studies Association. Our debate touched on all the controversial issues–the question of bias in the academy, charges of “McCarthyism,” boycotts of national security scholarships, etc. You can listen to the debate by clicking here and scrolling down to Thursday, December 4. A minor problem is that the debate ends with Khalidi’s final remarks and leaves out my own summation, which I thought worked well. I’ll see if I can get that omission corrected. But the vast majority of the debate is online. Minus the ads, it lasts about 35 minutes. I’m grateful to the Larry Mantle show, and to Los Angeles NPR station KPCC, for having me, and for treating both sides of this controversial issue with fairness.