Middle East studies in the News
A Professor Reflects on Her Time in the Eye of a Social-Media Storm [on Areej Zufari]
by Chris Quintana
In March, Areej Zufari, a Muslim professor teaching a course on Middle Eastern humanities at Rollins College, gave a student a failing grade on his first essay assignment.
The student — Marshall Polston, a 20-year-old Christian — took issue with that decision. In a lengthy email in response to the grade, the Orlando Sentinel reported, he sharply criticized Ms. Zufari's teaching and told her that he planned to get in touch with "national media personalities that I'm good friends with."
Some details of the dispute between the professor, who is an adjunct at Rollins, and the student remain in question. Ms. Zufari and Mr. Polston had been at odds since the start of the spring semester. After the incident went public, Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla., briefly suspended the student — because of comments he made on social media, not his interaction with Ms. Zufari, the college said — before reinstating him.
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