Skip to comments.Nine Professors At Columbia Are Deemed 'Dangerous'
Posted on 02/21/2006 11:36:21 PM PST by rmlew
Nine of the "101 Most Dangerous Academics in America" teach at Columbia University, according to a new book by conservative activist David Horowitz.
The book, "The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America," published by Regnery, profiles 101 professors from campuses across the country. "Columbia is a national scandal," Mr. Horowitz told The New York Sun in a telephone interview. "That a serious, top-tier university ... is an ideological fortress is an emblem of the utter debasement of the academic endeavor."
His book lists several professors from the university's department of Middle East and Asian languages and cultures, including Joseph Massad, who emerged as the central figure in a series of student complaints over anti-Israel bias and classroom bullying. "Among a faculty distinguished more for its militancy and political activism than its scholarship, Professor Massad is in a radical class of his own," Mr. Horowitz writes. On January 13, the Sun reported that Mr. Massad's prejudice and intimidation contributed to the decision of one student, Anat Malkin, to drop out of her graduate program after two years. This semester, Columbia promoted Mr. Massad to associate professor, a position from which he can receive tenure.
Mr. Horowitz also criticizes the dean of Columbia's School of International Public Affairs, Lisa Anderson, for her sponsorship of Mr. Massad and her fundraising from Arab sources for an Edward Said chair in Middle Eastern studies.
The Sun in January reported that Ms. Anderson had along with several other Columbia professors taken a junket to Saudi Arabia paid for by the kingdom-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco.
Mr. Massad and Ms. Anderson did not return requests for comment. Nor did the holder of the Edward Said chair, Rashid Khalidi. Other Columbia professors Mr. Horowitz censured did respond, criticizing the book's interpretations, importance, and research.
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The university response is telling:
A spokeswoman for Columbia, Susan Brown, said the university's professors "are among the most preeminent scholars in their fields. They and the university take seriously the responsibility to expose students to the modern world in all its complexity and to foster greater understanding of its diverse cultures and political systems."
"Columbia is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in the world and a place where all students can flourish, regardless of their background, race, or religion," she added.
Is that what they call nuance?
The thought of these parents paying, what...60 or 70 grand a year to go to Columbia so they can hear that the North Korean people are just 'enjoying the Earths rich diversity of political systems' makes me want to wretch.
That or kick the crap out of a college professor....
I didn't have any of them when I was there, but I certainly saw my share of Marxist-Socialist-Feminist pushers in my time. I was exposed to it in poli-sci and lit-hum, especially, but also in a very bizarre Shakespeare class.
I thank God I survived my time in the wilderness there.
Hillsdale....my kids going to Hillsdale
A most excellent choice albeit a pricey one.
And their excellent choice in speakers.
Are they trying to keep up with Peter Singer of Princeton and the Taliban-loving Yale?
Or even non-Ivy schools such as University of Colorado (Ward Churchill)?
Suffering from a little "moonbat envy" are they ? :-)
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