Middle East studies in the News
Professor Cries McCarthyism Over Critical Article [on Jonathan Judaken]
by Gary Fouse
Hell hath no fury like a professor whose viewpoints are challenged. Such is the case of Jonathan Judaken, a professor from Rhodes College, who gave a presentation March 23, 2015 at the University of Rochester, in which he attempted to take a simple topic of evil and turn it into something confusing. During the q And a, he received a critical question from one who wrote a report which ended up on Jihad Watch. Judaken took issue and wrote an indignant response in the journal, Inside Higher Education. He also made negative references to Campus Watchers. He concluded by calling it, "the new McCarthyism".
As I indicated in the reader thread to IHE, I qualify as a Campus Watcher since many of my posts here have also appeared on Campus Watch. I have also attended two events on two different campuses and written up my report for CW. However, I hasten to add that I am not employed by CW. As for Judaken, nobody is denying his freedom to speak and nobody is trying to take away his freedom.
Judaken thinks that Campus Watchers don't want students to re-frame And re-evaluate old cliches, whatever that means. However, one of the purposes of q and a is for the students to evaluate what the speaker is saying.
People like Judaken positively dominate the discourse on campus when it comes to Middle East issues. This is how they react when someone who has a different opinion dares to challenge their point of view.
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