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N.Y. professor loses post over Churchill controversy
The Denver Post ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005 | The Associated Press

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: academia; churchill; controversy; hamiltoncollege; loses; nancyrabinowitz; ny; over; post; professor; resignation; wardchurchill
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1 posted on 02/13/2005 10:04:55 AM PST by Nachum
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the Kirkland Project for the Study of Gender, Society and Culture

Codewords for Homosexual, multi-cultural, leftist, Marxist, Blame-America-First agenda...

2 posted on 02/13/2005 10:06:49 AM PST by frogjerk
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Rabinowitz also drew fire in November when the program offered a temporary teaching position to 1960s radical Susan Rosenberg.

Fascinating.

3 posted on 02/13/2005 10:07:27 AM PST by dirtboy (PLEASE EXCUSE THE UPPERCASE - HOWARD DEAN HAS ASSUMED CONTROL OF MY TAGLINE.)
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To: Nachum

Cry me a river.


4 posted on 02/13/2005 10:07:46 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. - John Adams)
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To: frogjerk

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.


5 posted on 02/13/2005 10:10:47 AM PST by AF68 (A political party that engages in vote fraud won't hesitate to steal all of your rights.)
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To: Nachum
"I would have preferred to stay on until I took my long-awaited sabbatical," Rabinowitz said

TS.
6 posted on 02/13/2005 10:11:03 AM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Nachum
< liberal mode on > What Nancy Rabinowitz did was inappropriate. I am offended, therefore, she should resign. < liberal mode off >
7 posted on 02/13/2005 10:16:44 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Support Our Troops, Spit On A Reporter)
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To: Nachum

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?

Go figure.


8 posted on 02/13/2005 10:17:30 AM PST by Poser (Joining Belly Girl in the Pajamahadeen)
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To: Nachum

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.


9 posted on 02/13/2005 10:19:55 AM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: AF68

More like the Kirkland Project for the Worship of Marx, Engels and Lenin.


10 posted on 02/13/2005 10:20:14 AM PST by rickmichaels ("We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way." - Toby Keith)
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To: Nachum
Horse manure! Let's try that headline again with a little more objectivity:

N.Y. professor 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.

11 posted on 02/13/2005 10:22:44 AM PST by Bob
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bttt


12 posted on 02/13/2005 10:24:07 AM PST by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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"I would have preferred to stay on until I took my long-awaited sabbatical," Rabinowitz said.

So what's the problem? Now you have a head start.

13 posted on 02/13/2005 10:26:31 AM PST by Condor51 (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Gen G Patton)
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"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.


14 posted on 02/13/2005 10:34:57 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Nachum

AMF


15 posted on 02/13/2005 10:35:43 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Nachum

Maybe some of these liberal academics will invite Osama bin Laden to speak.


16 posted on 02/13/2005 10:37:12 AM PST by Brilliant
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Churchill, a tenured professor, recently resigned as chairman of the ethnic studies department amid the uproar over his essay.

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.

17 posted on 02/13/2005 10:42:47 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: Bob

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.


18 posted on 02/13/2005 10:47:52 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Liberals hate solving problems because once the problem is solved, you don't need liberals !)
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To: Nachum

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
school.

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.


19 posted on 02/13/2005 11:02:53 AM PST by Grendel9
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To: frogjerk
HUMM! Hit the old nail on the head.

You had better watch out because the PC patrol will be on your case for being able to think for your self.

It's time to clean house in these liberal universities.

These administrative educators grant money for these off the wall radical programs. The far left professors use the programs to advance thinking out side the norm.

It would not bother me to see every useless ethnic or diversity program done away with.

They teach the people who should be thankful for America only to hate America first.
20 posted on 02/13/2005 11:04:05 AM PST by OKIEDOC (LL THE)
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