The oldest scholarly group studying U.S. history and culture is getting sued for “covertly pack[ing]” its organization with anti-Israel professors.
Before 2012, no candidate chosen to head the American Studies Association had been associated with the Israeli boycott movement, according to The College Fix. For the past five years, ALL nominees were vocal supporters of the movement.
Some of the defendants in the case have a well-documented history of anti-Israel remarks. One of them, Steven Salaita, had a job offer rescinded after the discovery of these tweets:
“Zionists, take responsibility: if your dream of an ethnocratic Israel is worth the murder of children, just f***ing own it already,” said the professor. In another tweet, Salaita said “at this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised?
Salaita sued the University of Illinois for retracting his job offer, getting $600,000 out of the settlement.
Another defendant, Rutgers University women’s studies professor Jasbir Puar, is accused of making sure that “only signed supporters of USACBI [which advocates for both the academic and cultural boycott of Israel] were nominated for American Studies Association President.”
Alex Lubin, an American University professor whom Puar nominated for ASA’s national council, apparently wrote in one of the released emails that “we were nominated in order to build momentum for BDS even though the question of BDS in American Studies Association may or may not emerge while we’re on the council.”
Puar accused Israel of committing “field assassinations of young Palestinian men,” and then invoked the anti-Semitic trope that “the bodies were mined for organs for scientific research.”
But not every ASA member knew about the collusion between the group and the anti-Israel lobby. Puar allegedly kept it hidden from the organization’s general membership. John Stephens, executive director of the ASA, denied knowing about it, but then did a simple Internet search and discovered for himself that the names on an anti-Israel boycott proposal matched up with the names of several ASA officers who passed the group’s 2013 boycott of all Israeli schools, which ⅔ of the ASA’s voting members approved.
But the ASA did receive backlash for this decision. In just a month, over 80 US colleges condemned the vote and several colleges withdrew from the organization entirely. Israel does not seem to be the only issue on which the ASA is biased. Its current president, Kandice Chuh, “teaches courses in critical theory, aesthetics, race and intersectionality, queer theory, and decolonial studies,” subjects typically associated with the political left. Elizabeth Duggan and David Roediger, ASA presidents from 2014 to 2016, are apparently interested in and/or have authored books on “whiteness.”
Prof Triggered By ‘Straight Pride’ Flag
Chipman, New Brunswick apparently flew a gay pride flag with no controversy for a week during June this year, but when the STRAIGHT pride flag went up, well, that was a different story, according to Global News. Chipman’s mayor, Carson Atkinson, gave a pretty boilerplate reason as to why he approved the flag, stating that it “recognizes, accepts and respects the rights of individuals under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” But University of New Brunswick professor Matthew Sears sent a letter to the village council, saying:
“This flag is not simply an ‘alternative’ to the Pride flag, nor is it merely ‘another point of view.’ Rather, it is a deliberate move to mock and marginalize a community that has been mocked and marginalized for far too long.”
Wow, so I knew Matthew taught classics and ancient history at UNB, but little did I know he’s also adept at mind-reading. No but really: how does he know the motive of whomever wanted to fly this flag? If you think it’s a troll, the best thing you can do is ignore it because trolls thrive off of this kind of attention. I would know. But this isn’t the first silly remark Matthew has made.
He has also compared Rebel swag and a Make America Great Again Hat to a Ku Klux Klan hood or Nazi banner, tweeted approvingly after U.S. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders got kicked out of a restaurant, and pushed the “listen and believe” mindset during the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault scandal.
Prof Banned After Planning Anti-Kavanaugh Trip
Former University of Southern Maine economics and women’s and gender studies professor Susan Feiner apparently hit up her buddy Gabriel Demaine, a diversity and inclusive programming coordinator at USM to propose a one-credit course for students. I got forwarded an email from Demaine which read:
“Students can earn 1 credit FREE for enrolling in this Pop-Up course on ‘Engaged Citizenship.’ The requirements of the pop-up include: busing overnight to Washington, D.C. to join activists, political action groups, and social justice organizations to meet with Sen. [Susan] Collins,” as reported in Campus Reform.
I don’t know about you, but if I lived in Maine, I’m not sure how comfortable I’d be with my tax dollars funding such naked activism. Anyway, Susan Feiner was also going to send students a survey which said “check all that apply,” followed by statements like “I am a survivor and willing to share my story to the public (Livestream, rally, press)” and “I am interested in civil disobedience/willing to get arrested (Bail is about $50/arrest. Please have a plan).”
Susan went to D.C. earlier in October, but her little “course,” planned for the same day, was never approved by the university because USM President Glenn Cummings stepped in and said “This pop-up-course was hastily arranged, without the knowledge of the Provost or myself. It was not appropriately reviewed nor went through proper channels. As soon as the Provost and I were apprised of the course, we immediately pulled the one-credit offering. We also made sure that no USM monies were being used for the trip.”
I, for once, don’t have any snarky remark to make because this is exactly what they should have done. Once they retire, professors often still teach a few courses but Susan Feiner, who actually retired three months ago, won’t be, at least at any University of Maine campus, because Cummings has barred her from doing so.
Cornell Studies In Trouble For Ranking Ladies’ Looks?
Male students in Cornell University’s law school allegedly ranked female law students by their appearances and the administration was not pleased, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Cornell Law Dean Eduardo Penalver emailed students, saying: “upon receiving this troubling report, the Dean of Students asked Lawyering faculty as well as small section instructors to discuss these allegations with their students and to communicate to their sections in no uncertain terms that, if they are true, the behavior may well violate University Policy 6.4, which prohibits (among other things) the creation of a hostile educational environment on the basis of sex.”
This is a key instance of the puritanical impulses of the left eroding objective reality. FACT: Men AND women have key factors they seek out in potential mates: intelligence, humor, compassion, etc. FACT: beauty is, whether you like it or not, one of those factors.
Cornell’s starting a Title IX investigation over this and the results COULD be as drastic as Harvard’s decision last year to rescind admission offers for at least ten students who sent allegedly “offensive memes” in a private group.
The Ivy League is seeming less and less big league and more and more just like ordinary poison.
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