Whitman's Shampa Biswas: Instigator or Educator?
by Cinnamon Stillwell • Apr 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm
Writing at his new blog, The Rubin Report, GLORIA Center Director Barry Rubin points to Shampa Biswas, Whitman College Director of Global Studies and associate professor of politics, as an example of the "terrible, anti-democratic, and anti-American ideas" pervading higher education. As demonstrated in a glowing profile at the Whitman College web site and a 2007 convocation address, Biswas is yet another Edward Said acolyte helping to turn the field of Middle East studies (in which she specializes) into a forum for political activism and moral relativism.
Biswas also took the occasion of her 2007 convocation address to level the usual smears and unsubstantiated assertions against Campus Watch. In the "Setting The Record Straight" section of the Campus Watch web site, CW director Winfield Myers describes Biswas's address as a "jargon-laden harangue against America and the West, [in which] she mischaracterized Campus Watch so egregiously that it is clear she did no research on CW to ensure that, whatever her opinion of CW, she might at least get her facts straight."
Clearly, Biswas is not living up to her own exhortation to "think carefully, deeply, thoroughly." Rather, she goes by the shallow credo that "no idea is too radical."
Here's a radical idea: How about education instead of politicization?
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