Education: Unhappy Times in Cambridge

A Mideast scholar loses a directorship over CIA funding

After wrestling through the fall with some nasty allegations about the integrity of one of its scholars, Harvard announced a resolution last week that satisfied no one. In a carefully worded statement, Dean A. Michael Spence disclosed that Professor Nadav Safran would resign this summer as director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, after a ten-week investigation into his acceptance of CIA money to support both a scholarly conference and his book.

Against university rules, said Spence, Safran had invited Middle East scholars from the U.S. and abroad to a symposium on Islamic fundamentalism, to be held at the center...

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