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.
IOW, she's caused a drop in alumni donations........
She'll be ok,,probably has a great offer from Colorado!
She "lost" nothing. She retains her tenure, her professorship and thus her ability to damage American youths unlucky enough to take her class.
Summers got into trouble recently with the PC bunch for suggesting that men and women are different. But some of that PC outrage was probably fueled by Summers's calling B.S. on dear Cornel who hinted at racism and sniffed "They picked on the wrong Negro!" West got a new job with Princeton: Harvard's gain and Princeton's loss.
Summers also receives kudos from me for his praise of patriotism and assault an grade inflaction at Harvard.
I can't be quite so optimistic on this one. The universities are loaded with evolutionists, feminists, quasi-marxists, pro-abortionists, pro-homosexualists, etc. This is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg being clipped off. Still, it is a positive development, even if so small...
long awaited , not long deserved. ha ha.
That's the great betrayal of the 'best and brightest' when the left seizes institutional control. Suddenly, political tests are not only the criteria for admission, but for grading. The student's minds spin in the confused hysteria of liberal's shouting their non sequitur screeds in front of every blackboard. These are kids who were best in their schools, whose parents work hard to put them through school, who may work full or part-time themselves to pay for such nonsense. And they emerge the worse for it. At least in the accredited science and technology programs, while the kids are often just as bloated on PC junk, they still know how to turn dials and read the scope, as it were. The others are simply betrayed. Their only hope is the link of personal contact, influence, patronage and nepotism, the 'old-school ties'. And these tend to come with most students before they first step foot on campus, anyway. They're born into it.
It does open possibilities, however, for students who are prepared for all this. The libraries still contain the great works, and technical manuals. As enrolled students, there is still some limited excuse for limited contact and questions of those who might know. They have academic discounts on software and whatever else. They have potential openings to internships, they wouldn't otherwise have. They can even opt for 'independent study', with various expenses, where appropriate, paid for by the institution. They can do that even as undergrads (I did). So for those ready for the betrayal, they can try to sidestep the muck as best they can and use the resources of a university to genuinely learn and better themselves, for the ultimate betterment of society at large. The secret - don't go to class.
We Maoists find that formulations deeply offensive ;-)
I think they wanted you to teach Queer Accounting. 1+1=3, and stuff like that. You know, the stuff they used at Enron. 8^]
Tenure today is based on the ability to get along with others in the department, hand out A's like candy so student evals are uniformly good, and crank out useless but PC papers for peer review, while logrolling with other professors to do the same.
Liberals run ethnic studies programs on most college campuses, and most liberals don't get along with anyone who disagrees with them because they're not just liberal, they're stupid.
Churchill had a great shot at tenure in the modern system of 'higher education.'
"You know, the stuff they used at Enron. 8^]"
Oddly, I have an Enron shirt and a Worldcom shirt that I wear to class with a money tie.
I think I'm gonna see if anyone has licensed their stuff. That's hilarious!
I collect button down denim shirts. Business and event shirts are fun. My NRA, Browning and S&W shirts are favorites with the libs.
I'm partial to various micro-brewery shirts. I even have a matching Redhook shirt and tie. Matching up ties is always fun. I haven't figured out what tie to use with the Tupperware shirt. I usually pick the Spam or Pillsbury Doughboy shirts.
Comdex shirts go with the Dilbert tie.
On test days, I either wear Einstein or the Thinker.
Harley ties go well with Daytona or Sturgis bike week shirts.
My Patriots shirt got into the mix last week.
In Peter Principle speak this is a modified "Lateral Arabesque". All she's giving up is a meaningless title with no reduction in salary. Now she can pose as some sort of martyr and still remain tightly attached to the government sugar-tit.
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So she's no longer doing gender, society and culture, but will continue to do .. what? gender and culture?, or gender and society, or society and culture, or gender and gender, or ... whatever
C'mon. You assume she compels them to attend class. Or that they bother if they disagree with her.
I had an Economics teacher that was a Marxist. Unquestionably--he stated it outright in class. He would blather on for two hours straight about topics that had nothing to do with the test or Micro-economics. A friend of mine decided with me that we would devote the time we would have spent in class to studying A)microeconomics of beer sales and B)finding a student who'd taken the class the year before and weaseling a copy of their exams.
It was an effective study plan. I learned more about microeconomics...but I can't really remember any of it.
Some good brews around here (New England) are Smutty Nose Brewing Company and Portsmouth Brewing Company in Portsmouth, NH, Gritty McDuffs and Gearys in Portland, ME and Mountain Brewers in Bridgewater, VT. We've got a Redhook Ale Brewery on the old Pease Air Base in Newington, NH too.
Another personal favorite is the Victory Brewing Company in Downington, PA.
Seems as though that slippery slope the left is sliding down is a little slippery than normal, their actually picking up speed on the way down....LOOK OUT BELOW!!!
I have only one questions is the House Unamerican Activities Committee still around ? I think we need to clean house at our universities.
The funny thing is that-despite the fact that most Economics Departments are overwhelmingly liberal in their political outlook-they remain-for the most part-the most conservative field on most college campuses.
Scary thought, isn't it?
Yep , another bullshit college curriculium . I was forced to take one of those courses to get my teaching degree. You CANNOT believe the crap they were pushing on me. I fought this professor tooth and nail every session .
Everyone should check out this site http://www.noindoctrination.org.
if you're interested in whats being taugh in colleges today . EXCELLENT site .
Shoving the M&Ms (Maoists and Marxists) out of the colleges is going to take time, and will probably coincide with the taking of the courts. Currently the courts are the stick. They abound with radical leftists who use dual reasoning to justify any Marxist propaganda on campus, while outlawing speech they don't like as either "hate speech" or "religious speech." We won't argue our way into victories. We have to replace these people.
The Board of Regents at CU is elected. Some Colorado Freepers need to start working on replacing them: From the CU web site:
The Board of Regents consists of nine members serving staggered six-year terms, one elected from each of the state's seven congressional districts and two from the state at-large. The members select their own chair and vice-chair.
We need candidates. Not wild-eyed lunatics, but sound, reasonable people, who will demand that state funding not be frittered away on ethnic studies and other pablum. Second, for courses that have a defined curriculum, instructors should be charged with teaching the curriculum. In most courses, there is not time for the fundamentals of Maoism if the curriculum is being taught.
Too many instructors believe that a University position is a state funded soapbox for them to ignore required duties and do whatever they feel like doing.
Boys, this system needs an enema.