Moonlighting: Non-Specialists in the News
Let's Hear It for 'Bright Lines' in Academe [on Kaukab Siddique]
by Candace de Russy
In a now widely broadcast video, Lincoln University professor Kaukab Siddique urged Muslims to rise up against this genocidal, terrorist, "hydra-headed monster which calls itself Zionism." In e-mails, Siddique has also called the Holocaust a "hoax" and "invented," and opines that Jews have "taken over America" by "devious and immoral means." In an interview with Inside Higher Ed about his pronouncements, Siddique invoked – of course, what else — academic freedom.
Joffe deconstructs how academic leaders, here Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors, writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, respond to haters like Siddique.
The heart of Joffe's nuanced critique? Nelson wants
Although Joffe commends Nelson's clear rejection of Holocaust denial, he rightly judges the latter's "diffidence" toward Israel and anti-Semitism "lamentable." How loath the academy, Nelson observes, to paint for the world "meaningful 'bright lines' regarding knowledge or propriety."
While the lairs of mad hatred on campuses harm academe immeasurably, Joffe does not despair:
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