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The Latest on Campus
Florida Radical Muslim Catfight [incl. Abdullah Antepli]
How a Duke Imam Became a Lightening Rod in the Campus Israel Wars [incl. Omid Safi, Hatem Bazian, Bruce Lawrence]
Delaware Groups Call for Peace, Acceptance of Muslims [incl. Muqtedar Khan]
Duke Muslim Leader Encourages New Songs [on Abdullah Antepli]
Historic Shi'i Chair Celebrated at Inauguration Banquet
"Challenging Islamophobia" at Golden West College
Hartford Seminary Adds Ph.D. to its Degree Offerings
Rotten Academia: Professor Who Praises Jihadis Still Teaches, Jihad Critic Doesn't [incl. Andrew Pessin]
Did a Virginia School for Saudi Arabia Diplomatic Staff's Children Fire Teachers for Organizing?
Rutgers Media and Middle East Studies Professor to Headline Evergreen's Unsoeld Series [on Deepa Kumar]
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Fri, 5 Feb 2016, 6:36 PM | Permalink
It's an article of faith among anti-Israel academics that their views are marginalized on campus, when, in fact, the opposite is true. Speaking to the Algemeiner, Alexandra Marcus, founder of the Columbia University chapter of Students Supporting Israel, confirms as much. She points to the example of Connecticut College professor Andrew Pessin, who remains on leave following a campaign of vilification perpetrated by faculty, administration, and student groups alike:
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Wed, 13 Jan 2016, 1:15 PM | Permalink
Academe has been quick to exploit the manufactured connection between the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and Black Lives Matter movements that began with the 2014 protests following the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A recent Columbia University panel discussion featuring specialists in Middle East studies and African-American history proved the point. In an article written for Campus Watch and appearing today at FrontPage Magazine, Mara Schiffren reports on the panel's ominous conclusion: "There's no future for a Jewish state."
To read the entire article, please click here.
By Cinnamon Stillwell | Tue, 12 Jan 2016, 5:47 PM | Permalink
In the latest episode of David Pakman's internet television show, he exposes UC Riverside "celebrity professor" Reza Aslan's penchant for misrepresenting his academic credentials and for hostility towards legitimate criticism of Islam. He also exhorts fellow progressives to stay true to "liberal principles" and to resist the lure of politically-correct apologists such as Aslan. Watch the whole thing.
By Winfield Myers | Mon, 11 Jan 2016, 1:03 PM | Permalink
Anti-Israel members of the American Historical Association (AHA), including Middle East studies profs Juan Cole of Michigan, Joel Beinin of Stanford, Zachary Lockman of NYU, and Dina Khoury of George Washington, failed in their attempt to single out Israel for condemnation at the annual AHA meeting this past weekend in Atlanta. This was the second consecutive year the resolution, which charged that Israel abuses Palestinian universities and students, was defeated by AHA members.
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