Middle East studies in the News
UC Berkeley Reinstates Palestine Course
Middle East Monitor
UC Berkeley has reinstated a course on Palestinian history which was suspended last week.
The school's dean announced the decision after the teacher revised the course description.
"Palestine: A Colonial Settler Analysis" course was suspended by social science dean Carla Hesse after receiving a complaint from Jewish and civil rights groups that the course syllabus appeared to describe a politically motivated, anti-Semitic class.
Activists protested against the decision saying it threatened academic freedom.
Paul Hadweh, a student who teaches the one unit course, said he wasn't told that it had been suspended.
"The university threw me under the bus, and publicly blamed me, without ever even contacting me," Hadweh said. "To defend the course, we had to mobilize an international outcry of scholars and students to stand up for academic freedom. This never should have happened."
The dean said she suspended the class for review after discovering that neither she nor the chair of the ethnic department had seen or approved the course syllabus.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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