Middle East studies in the News
Joseph Massad Gets a Pass From His Peers at Columbia
by Gary Fouse
Columbia University professor Joseph Massad has gotten a bit of attention at Cornell University this past week, Well, maybe not so much attention since he drew only about 35 people there for a talk.(I guess everybody else was busy forming pro-ISIS clubs on campus.)
Massad is symptomatic of the intellectual rot that infects Columbia, other Ivy League schools, and-what the Hell- university campuses across the nation. In Massad's case, the pro-Arab, anti-Israel narrative is completely dominant in academia.
I also note that Massad has a history of gay-bashing dressed up in fancy clothes called "pre-positional conjunctions".
(Don't ask me. I'm an English teacher, and while I know what a conjunction is, I have no clue what that means. How about a post-positional verb?)
My friend and colleague, Eric Golub, caught the above act at UCLA a few years ago and wrote it up for Frontpage Magazine. I don't think Eric knows what it is either.
Massad has also drawn some recent attention at Columbia for berating a student who happened to be an ex-Israeli soldier. Of course, his peers in academia rode to his rescue after a complaint was filed. Academic freedom, you know.
I wonder if that Israeli student had the academic freedom to tell Massad he is full of duck manure. I sure would have-but then again, I am not a student.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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