Skip to comments.N.Y. professor loses post over Churchill controversy
Posted on 02/13/2005 10:04:52 AM PST by Nachum
Clinton, N.Y. - A professor at a small New York state college has stepped down as a program director after igniting a furor by inviting Ward Churchill, a University of Colorado professor who compared Sept. 11 victims to Nazis, to speak on campus.
Nancy Rabinowitz of Hamilton College said she was resigning "under duress" as director of the Kirkland Project for the Study of Gender, Society and Culture. She will continue to teach comparative literature.
Rabinowitz extended an invitation to speak to Churchill, whose essay written shortly after the 2001 attacks compared the World Trade Center victims to "little Eichmanns," a reference to the Nazi who organized details of the Holocaust.
His appearance was ultimately canceled by the school, which cited death threats against college officials and Churchill as a reason.
"I would have preferred to stay on until I took my long-awaited sabbatical," Rabinowitz said in a statement released by the school. She has been the project's only director since its founding in 1996.
"What the project needs now is someone more adept at the kind of political and media fight that the current climate requires. Therefore, it is in the interests of the mission of the project itself and for no other reason that I am yielding to requests that I resign," she said.
Churchill, a tenured professor, recently resigned as chairman of the ethnic studies department amid the uproar over his essay. The school is investigating his writings and speeches to decide if he should be fired.
Rabinowitz also drew fire in November when the program offered a temporary teaching position to 1960s radical Susan Rosenberg.
Rosenberg was indicted but never tried in a 1981 armored car robbery that left a guard and two police officers dead. She was sentenced for 58 years in prison for weapons possession, but President Clinton granted her clemency in 2001 after she served 16 years.
Hamilton, a liberal arts school with 1,750 students, is about 40 miles east of Syracuse, N.Y.
Codewords for Homosexual, multi-cultural, leftist, Marxist, Blame-America-First agenda...
Cry me a river.
The Kirkland Project for the Study of Gender, Society and Culture would be better named the Kirkland Project for the Study of Marx, Engels and Lenin.
I'm still waiting for any sign of a change in the politics at my university.
Last semester, I got a request from the Women's Studies department for proposals to add "Queer Studies" components to my classes. I'm still trying to figure out how financial accounting and "Queer Studies" go together.
There were two what-were-they-thinking moments there. First, why would they call it "Queer Studies," and second, why would a state university with a Republican legislature think it was a good idea anyway?
This is getting out of hand. Who cares what he and those like him think? He is allowed to say anything he wants... not just to teach it.
More like the Kirkland Project for the Worship of Marx, Engels and Lenin.
loses quits post over Churchill controversy
The only "duress" that the professor is claiming is that she can't handle the political and media fallout that her own actions brought down on herself and the program.
So what's the problem? Now you have a head start.
"I would have preferred to stay on until I took my long-awaited sabbatical," Rabinowitz said in a statement released by the school"
How sad. Useless eater.
Maybe some of these liberal academics will invite Osama bin Laden to speak.
I'm still trying to understand how Churchill became a tenured professor, much less the head of a department without his doctorate.
Rabinowitz also drew fire in November when the program offered a temporary teaching position to 1960s radical Susan Rosenberg. Rosenberg was indicted but never tried in a 1981 armored car robbery that left a guard and two police officers dead.
Perhaps Churchill was hired under a program similar to that administered by Rabinowitz: Wanted: Lefty delusional kook for department head. Experience in terrorism desired, but will consider poseur.
You hit that right on the head. She probably still does not understand that what she did is what cost her the job, not the media fallout from it. They just never, ever get it.
Well, some Conservatives have been saying for the past
5 years that what the nation needs is a good house-
cleaning of the Liberal Professors in the Colleges.
Maybe what we have here is a start.
It makes sense to me. A College/University has a
problem when it realies on its benefactors for financial support in addition to the student tuition. If the
benefactors (alumni) fall into an indignant mood over
guest lecturers, their gifts/endowments go down. That
coupled with possible strong reaction by parents of
potential new students spells catastrophe for the
IMO Churchill and his flagrant ideas are not the real
crux of the matter. He's simply a stat in the system.
But the FALLOUT should be interesting to watch.
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